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UN and EBU leaders meet on next month's Information Summit

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and two senior officials from the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), President Arne Wessberg and Secretary-General Jean Stock, today discussed the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) to be held in Geneva, Switzerland, next month.

UN's visitors get a chance to put their own stamp on their tour

The thousands of tourists who visit the United Nations Headquarters in New York every day can from today have a special memento - their own image affixed to a UN stamp.

UN Mission in Afghanistan assesses staff reduction following deadly attack

The United Nations mission in Afghanistan is assessing a staff reduction in the south, southeast and east of the country following a recent spate of attacks, including the killing of an international staff member, but any such move will be measured against the projects and operations in progress there.

UN refugee agency criticizes draft European Union asylum legislation

The head of the United Nations refugee agency issued a stark warning today that a crucial piece of European Union (EU) asylum legislation risked resulting in a substantial deterioration in standards – to the point of being at variance with established international law.

Security Council extends UN Cyprus force for another six months

The Security Council today unanimously extended the mandate of the 40-year-old United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) for another six months, and urged the Turkish Cypriot side and Turkish forces to rescind all remaining restrictions on the mission in the divided Mediterranean island.

UN environmental agency hails ASEAN fire haze agreement as model for world

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today hailed a Southeast Asian agreement on fire haze pollution coming into force tomorrow as a potential global model for tackling transboundary issues worldwide.

UN Mission in DR of Congo gives logistical support to demobilization

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has given logistical support to the demobilization of 2,000 Mayi-Mayi militia, 700 of whom wish to return to civilian life and the rest to be integrated into the DRC's national military forces.

Annan welcomes Pakistan's offer of Kashmir truce and India's positive response

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today "warmly" welcomed Pakistan's decision to implement a unilateral ceasefire along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir, with effect from the Muslim festival of Eid Al-Fitr beginning tomorrow, and India's positive response to the offer.

Senior UN official meets with Georgia's acting president

A senior United Nations official today met with the acting president of Georgia and confirmed the continued commitment of the world body to the Georgian-Abkhaz peace process in the north western region of the country.

UN-backed conference urges governments to protect human trafficking victims

Latin American and Caribbean experts at a three-day conference organized by the United Nations have called on governments to provide victims of human trafficking networks who are willing to testify with special protection, rather than immediately sending them back to their countries of origin.