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UN relief official urges Sudan to ensure that aid workers have access to Darfur

The top United Nations relief official has begun his visit to Sudan by calling on the Government to ensure safe and unimpeded access for aid workers, particularly those providing vital humanitarian assistance to people affected by the conflict in the country’s strife-torn Darfur region.

Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people marked at UN with calls for action

Marking the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, United Nations officials today called for steps to translate the promises of the peace process – most recently expressed at a major meeting in the United States city of Annapolis – into action to achieve a two-State solution to the conflict in the Middle East.

UNESCO report paints mixed picture on progress towards ‘education for all’ goal

The number of children enrolled in primary school, the percentage of girls attending classes and the amount of money spent on education have all soared in the past decade, according to a United Nations report released today, but adult illiteracy levels remain stubbornly high and the cost of schooling in much of the world continues to limit access for millions of children.

Cooperation between UN and OSCE stronger than ever, says Ban Ki-moon

Whether it is collaboration on Kosovo or cooperation to address common economic and security challenges, the ties between the United Nations and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) are stronger today than ever before, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a high-level gathering of the group in Madrid.

Almost $100 million needed to help feed Indonesia’s poorest, says UN agency

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has appealed for $98 million to run a three-year project to feed the hungry in Indonesia, where millions of poor children across the South-East Asian archipelago are malnourished.

UN Force Commander in DR Congo urges peaceful resolution to clashes in east

The Force Commander of the United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) today urged a peaceful resolution of clashes in the country’s troubled eastern region, but said his troops stood ready to support Government efforts to resolve the problem militarily if necessary.

Top UN envoy meets with Somali President and Prime Minister

The top United Nations envoy for Somalia today discussed the ongoing crisis in the Horn of Africa nation with the country’s President and Prime Minister.

UN works with Liberian Government to generate jobs

The United Nations Mission in Liberia is supporting efforts by the Government to create more than 1 million days of work for labourers from small communities in the country, where employment has been linked to stability since the end of the civil war returned thousands of former fighters to the civilian workforce.

UN-backed tree-planting drive hits 1 billion goal ahead of climate change talks

One billion trees have been planted under a drive backed by the United Nations and the World Agroforestry Centre, hitting the milestone as planned ahead of next month's international climate change conference in Bali.

UN supports creation of first ‘closed’ juvenile rehabilitation centre in Afghanistan

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has created a new “closed” juvenile rehabilitation centre in Afghanistan – the first of its kind in the war-torn nation – to provide young offenders with the training and counselling they need to make better lives for themselves once they complete their sentences.