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Asia-Pacific countries paying heavy price for 'grow now, clean up later' policy, UN says

Countries in Asia and the Pacific are paying heavily for a "grow now, clean up later" environmental policy, resulting in major ecological problems, including shrinking forests, widespread land degradation and an overall increase in pollution, according to a new United Nations study.

UN and Uganda reach new agreement on resettling dispersed Sudanese refugees

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has concluded an agreement with the Government of Uganda which should pave the way for relocating 23,000 Sudanese refugees in the country who were dispersed by a rebel attack earlier this month, a spokesperson for the agency reported today.

UN relief officials set to visit southern Africa for first-hand look at looming food crisis

United Nations relief officials are set to travel next week to southern Africa for a first-hand look at the looming humanitarian crisis which involves some 13 million people facing the prospect of starvation, a UN spokesman said today in New York.

Meeting at UN, States elect 12 experts to monitor women's anti-discrimination accord

Meeting at United Nations Headquarters in New York, countries party to a major international treaty protecting women's rights have elected a dozen experts to serve on the committee monitoring implementation of the accord.

Genetically modified food in aid packages poses no risks – UN official

With some 13 million people in southern Africa in urgent need of food assistance in the coming months, the head of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today urged the governments of the most-affected countries to carefully consider current scientific knowledge before rejecting food aid containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

UN confirms Eritrea's release of final group of Ethiopian prisoners of war

The United Nations today confirmed that the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has accompanied out of Eritrea the remaining group of Ethiopian prisoners of war (POWs) who had been registered and regularly visited by the agency.

In Mozambique, Annan sees model of progress for Africa and the world

Continuing an official visit to Mozambique, the United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, has hailed the country's progress as a model for others emerging from war.

UN officials challenge Johannesburg forum to invest more resources to fight global ills

Sounding the drumbeat for a stronger public commitment to fight global problems, United Nations officials today challenged governments meeting at the World Summit on Sustainable Development to invest more resources to help reduce worldwide hunger and poverty, provide clean water and ensure adequate treatment for HIV/AIDS.

Western Sahara refugees face looming food shortages, UN agencies report

A serious lack of food aid and insufficient funding are combining to threaten the health and welfare of refugees living in quarter-century old camps along Algeria’s border with Western Sahara, two United Nations agencies warned today.

UN figures show economic crisis leading to ‘human catastrophe’ in West Bank and Gaza

Releasing the first international economic statistics on the Palestinian economy since Israel reoccupied the West Bank earlier this year, the United Nations today reported that rising poverty and unemployment could spell a “human catastrophe” for the region.