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UN development agency honours anti-poverty activists

An Albanian mayor, a Lebanese activist and a Chilean educator were among those who have been recognized for their dedicated action to improve the lot of the poor at the United Nations Development Programme's (UNDP) Poverty Eradication Awards ceremony in New York.

Annan urges expanded international contribution to security in Afghanistan

With sporadic factional violence persisting in Afghanistan, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has urged the expansion of the international security presence in the country as it emerges from decades of war.

Somalia: Annan welcomes signing of declaration on cessation of hostilities

The United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, today hailed the signing of an accord outlining a future course towards peace in Somalia, and urged the warring factions there to lay down their arms.

UN-supported report says women have little access to peace negotiations

While women are widely recognized as effective agents of peace, they still have little access to power and peace negotiations, two experts appointed by the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) said in a new report released today.

United Nations Children’s Fund condemns bombing of Afghan schools

Condemning recent attacks on several schools Afghanistan, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today said the violence would not suppress the desire for education in the country.

Security Council pledges steps to involve more women in peacemaking

Two years after the United Nations Security Council adopted a landmark resolution aimed at increasing the role of women in peacemaking, the 15-member body today outlined further steps to achieve that end.

Security Council urges measures to curb illicit traffic in small arms and light weapons

Gravely concerned at the harmful impact of small arms and light weapons on civilians in armed conflict, the Security Council today called for measures to keep these arsenals from falling into illicit channels.

Côte d’Ivoire: Security Council condemns attempts to overthrow Government

Members of the United Nations Security Council today strongly condemned the attempt to overthrow the democratically elected Government of Côte d’Ivoire, stressing their full backing for the country’s legitimate authorities.

DR of Congo: Council appeals for efforts to reach settlement in Ituri

Members of the United Nations Security Council today voiced grave concern regarding the latest developments in Ituri, a strategic province in the northeastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Security Council underscores Central Africa’s potential to contribute to stability

Central Africa, despite its enormous potential, has yet to achieve the stability that would enable it to maximize its contribution to the continent as a whole, the United Nations Security Council said today, urging efforts to bolster the region’s capability.