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Kosovo: At funeral of slain officer, UN envoy urges unity

Paying tribute to a police officer slain in Kosovo, the senior United Nations envoy there today called on the province's people to choose peace over violence.

UN agency recognizes leaders in fight against hunger

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today recognized Brazilian documentary film maker Marcelo Canellas and Reuters correspondent David Brough for their respective roles in raising public awareness about global hunger.

UN-backed treaty on hazardous chemicals to come into force in February

A new United Nations-backed treaty regulating trade in hazardous chemicals and pesticides and seen as a first line of defence against future tragedies, particularly in developing countries, will come into force in three months’ time following its ratification by its 50th member state, Armenia.

UN refugee agency alarmed by refugees stuck on the border of Iraq and Jordan

The United Nations refugee agency expressed concern today about the fate of an estimated 1,800 refugees who have been stranded for seven months in camps near the border between Iraq and Jordan.

Tourism must be managed carefully to avoid threats to environment and people – Annan

While tourism has become the world’s largest economic sector, it still must be handled carefully to avoid such threats as over-development, damage to the environment, the exploitation of workers, the erosion of indigenous culture and the pernicious sex tourism trade, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has warned.

Israel not complying with General Assembly demand to halt barrier - Annan

Israel is not in compliance with a demand by the United Nations General Assembly to halt and take down a barrier on occupied Palestinian land, and the construction in present circumstances cannot be seen “as anything but a deeply counterproductive act,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a report released today.

Israel and Palestinians cannot afford to wait for the other to move first, says Annan

Recent moves by Palestinian and Israeli civil society to promote peace show a settlement can be achieved, but the Israeli Government and the Palestinian Authority must act now instead of waiting for the other side to move first, according to United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

Nobel Peace Laureates should participate in debate about UN and global reform: Annan

The Nobel Peace Prize laureates have a role to play in the current debate about reform to the United Nations and the international system, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today.

UN programmes threatened by spread of HIV/AIDS, senior UN officials say

Senior officials of the United Nations system, preparing for World AIDS Day on Monday, today warned that the continuing spread of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and its high cost in social and financial resources are threatening the viability of UN programmes to help poor countries.

In milestone, UN aviation agency reduces separation level on flight paths

The United Nations aviation agency has achieved a milestone in air navigation history by reducing the minimum vertical separation between aircraft from 2,000 to 1,000 feet, allowing for increased route capacity and greater operational flexibility on major air traffic routes between Asia, the Middle East and Europe.