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UN envoy calls for donors to help Cameroon and Nigeria solve border dispute

The United Nations envoy for West Africa has called on the international community to donate more money to help Cameroon and Nigeria peacefully resolve their border dispute.

In letter to staff, Annan outlines steps to improve security for UN worldwide

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan announced today that he was appointing an independent team of experts to “review the responsibilities of key individuals for the lack of preventive and mitigating actions before the attack on 19 August” which killed 22 persons in the UN headquarters in Baghdad and left scores wounded.

UN transfers mortal remains to Kosovan families for re-burial

The United Nations office responsible for missing persons and forensics in Kosovo said today it was informing Kosovan families about the recent transfer of mortal remains from Serbia.

Sierra Leonean refugees returning home from Liberia – UN agency

The United Nations refugee agency today reported the repatriation, from Liberia, of the first group of Sierra Leoneans to return to their home country since the signing of a truce in August between the Liberian Government and two rebel groups.

IAEA says verification of nuclear activities in Iran making ‘good progress’

The head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog agency said today that its verification work in Iran is making “good progress” a week after Tehran turned over a dossier on its nuclear activities.

UN agency mission finds serious humanitarian needs in east of DR of the Congo

A recent assessment by United Nations relief agencies has found widespread humanitarian needs in the South Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today.

New UN anti-corruption treaty helps the poor - Annan

With the United Nations General Assembly set to adopt a new treaty against corruption, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed the accord, saying that it enjoins governments to return stolen assets to the countries that own them and, if fully enforced, removes one of the biggest obstacles to development.

UN human rights observer to make six-day tour of Myanmar

A United Nations expert will travel to Myanmar next week to assess developments in human rights in the Asian country since his last visit in March.

Afghanistan at 'critical juncture', UN sanctions committee chairman says

The head of a United Nations committee overseeing sanctions against Al-Qaida and the Taliban, just back from a tour of the Middle East and Asia, said today that Afghanistan was at a "critical juncture" in its battle against "enormous challenges and threats."

UN expert on human rights defenders to visit Turkey

The United Nations expert specializing on the protection of human rights defenders is scheduled to visit Turkey in December at the invitation of the Ankara government.