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New UN report spotlights critical link between hunger, health and HIV/AIDS

In a major report released today ahead of World AIDS Day, observed on 1 December, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has called for paying greater attention to the link between hunger and health, pointing out that food is often cited as the greatest need by people living with HIV/AIDS.

Creating decent work for all should be at the centre of policymaking – UN report

Governments should make the promotion of employment and decent work the cornerstone of their economic and social policies, according to a report launched today at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Security Council applauds efforts to consolidate peace in Burundi

The United Nations Security Council today welcomed efforts to bring lasting peace to Burundi, calling for a consolidation of progress in the country, which is rebuilding after being torn apart by 13 years of armed conflict.

Angola: UN independent expert voices concerns over religious freedom

Although the freedom of religion is enshrined in the Angolan constitution, an independent United Nations human rights expert today voiced concern that the right to practise religion or belief is infringed in the Southern African nation.

In Timor-Leste, Security Council team joins independence commemoration

Members of a visiting Security Council delegation today joined senior Government officials in commemorating the anniversary of the Proclamation of the National Independence of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, which the United Nations helped shepherd to self-rule in 2002.

Quartet voices support for Middle East conference in Annapolis

The diplomatic Quartet on the Middle East, made up of the United Nations, European Union, Russian Federation and United States, has voiced its full support for a conference on the region being held today in the US city of Annapolis.

Security Council delegation arrives in Timor-Leste

A delegation of the Security Council has arrived in Timor-Leste to examine the work of the United Nations Mission in the country (UNMIT), which gained independence in 2002.

UN rural development arm partners with Spain to empower the poor

The United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) announced today that it has entered into a six-year partnership with Spain to combat rural poverty in developing countries by empowering the poor to better their circumstances.

UNESCO heritage assessment mission to head to Bangladesh after cyclone

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced today that it is sending a mission of experts next week to Bangladesh to assess how to help local authorities protect the country’s heritage in the wake of this month’s devastating cyclone.

UN anti-crime chief urges action to prevent child trafficking in Africa

The head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has urged the Governments of West and Central Africa to take action to protect children from human trafficking, which not only harms innocent lives but also efforts to secure peace in countries recovering from conflict.