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Afghanistan: UN envoy hails national army's progress

The senior United Nations envoy to Afghanistan this weekend hailed progress achieved by the country's national army and called on all people to work for reconstruction in the war-ravaged land.

World must act now to provide safe water, further delay entails great risk – Annan

With more than 2 million children dying each year from water-borne diseases, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called on the international community to avoid further dangerous delays and move from pledges to action in order to halve by 2015 the proportion of people lacking safe drinking water and sanitation.

Polio campaign shows it is possible to treat all in Angola – UN health chief

Successful nationwide polio and measles immunization campaigns in Angola, which only four years ago had the largest recorded polio outbreak in Africa, show it is possible to provide health care for all in a country that was torn by almost three decades of civil war, according to the new head of the United Nations health agency.

Annan welcomes high voter turnout for Rwanda presidential elections

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has welcomed the presidential elections in Rwanda – the first since the genocide of 1994 – as an important step towards the opening of a new democratic era for the country.

Iraq: Annan condemns 'in strongest possible terms' killing of Muslim leader

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today condemned "in the strongest possible terms" the terrorist attack in Iraq, which killed a leading Islamic leader and many others, and called on all political and religious groups there to refrain from further acts of violence.

All sides in Nepal conflict should return to negotiating table, Annan urges

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today voiced deep concern over the breakdown of the ceasefire and recent upsurge of violence in Nepal and called on all sides, especially the communist insurgents, to return to the negotiating table.

UN Geneva office pays final tribute to victims of Baghdad terrorist attack

With music, poems, photos, rededication to the principles of the United Nations and a resounding pledge to continue their unfinished mission, over 2,000 people paid a final tribute today to the 22 victims of the terrorist bombing of the UN offices in Baghdad at a memorial service held at the world body's Geneva headquarters.

Wrapping up regional tour, top UN envoy returns to Liberia

Wrapping up a weeklong regional tour to rally support for the peace in Liberia, the top United Nations envoy for the country returned to the capital Monrovia today to complete his security and humanitarian assessment report for the Security Council.

UN talks on access for low-income landlocked states termed 'grand success'

An international conference aimed at securing better market access for low-income landlocked countries, which ended in Almaty, Kazakhstan, today, was "a grand success," a senior United Nations official said.

Côte d'Ivoire: UN urges government to protect civilians from forced displacement

With inter-ethnic tensions building in western Côte d'Ivoire, and widespread reports of foreign nationals being harassed and expelled from local villages, the United Nations today urged Ivoirian authorities to assume their responsibilities for the protection of all civilian populations living within their boarders.