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UN Children's Fund names HIV-positive muppet 'children's champion'

The United Nations Children's Fun (UNICEF) today formally appointed Kami, the HIV-positive Muppet who appears regularly on the South African co-production of Sesame Street - Takalani Sesame - as a global "Champion for Children."

UN must support efforts of Central Africa to stabilize itself, a UN official says

A senior United Nations official, introducing a report on the conflict-plagued Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), called on the Security Council to assist the area in its efforts to stabilize itself and build peace and democracy.

Annan meets with autonomist leader to discuss peace process in Sudan

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today met with the leader of the main autonomist movement in southern Sudan and reaffirmed the readiness of the United Nations to help implement the agreement the group reached with the Sudanese government in an effort to end the two-decades old conflict in Africa's largest country.

UN officials call for elimination of violence against women

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called for "a bold transformation in men's attitudes and behaviour" so that women become their equal partners and gender-based violence, which has become more complex in the 21st century, can be eliminated.

Iraq: Security Council establishes new committee to track Saddam-linked assets

The United Nations Security Council decided unanimously today to establish a new committee to continue tracking the financial assets removed from Iraq by persons connected to Saddam Hussein.

Assessment mission will go to Côte d'Ivoire, Annan says

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, saying that Côte d'Ivoire could slip back into conflict, told the Security Council today that he would soon send an assessment mission to that country so that he can prepare recommendations for improving the work of the UN's peacekeeping mission (MINUCI) there.

Annan urges parties in Georgia to talk

Reacting to the volatile situation in Georgia, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged talks aimed at resolving the country's crisis.

Annan hails TV’s potential as force for good but warns against ‘content divide’

With the world becoming more and more a single “information society,” United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today the television industry was in a unique position to promote mutual understanding and tolerance, but he warned against a “burgeoning content divide” between North and South that threatens diversity.

Migration benefits sender and receiver countries, Annan says, welcoming new panel

Calling attention to the rights of migrants around the world, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today gave his backing to the establishment of a new global panel that will examine how international migration can be managed better.

Asian highway network to spread across continent after landmark deal - UN

The Asian Highway network will be extended across 32 countries over the whole of the continent after delegates to the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) reached a landmark agreement this week.