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UN inaugurates library in Kenya named in honour of Sergio Vieira de Mello

The United Nations today inaugurated a new library at its African headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, named in honour of former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Sergio Vieira de Mello, who was murdered in a terrorist attack last year while serving as Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Special Representative in Iraq.

More trees on farms can reduce hunger and restore degraded land, UN says

With about 75 percent of the world's poor - some 1.2 billion people - living in rural areas, growing trees on farms can help alleviate poverty by providing income and food as well as restore degraded land, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today.

UN envoy urges Israel to end flights over southern Lebanon

Reacting to a spate of air violations by Israel which brought anti-aircraft fire from Lebanese territory, a United Nations envoy to the region today called for an end to the overflights.

UNESCO chief condemns murder of Bangladeshi journalist

Declaring journalism a vital element for democracy, the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today condemned the murder of a Bangladeshi editor who had denounced far-left movements for turning into criminal gangs.

Nigerian state to resume polio immunization scheme next month – UN agency

The authorities in the last northern Nigerian state to resume polio immunization campaigns have informed the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) that vaccinations will begin early next month, ending the suspension that had led to the rapid spread of the disease across sub-Saharan Africa.

UN seeks $90 million to repatriate 500,000 Sudanese when war in south ends

As it prepares for the potential return of more than 500,000 people to southern Sudan if the current peace talks succeed in ending the civil war, the United Nations refugee agency has appealed for $90 million to handle the expected influx.

Annan appeals to Israelis and Palestinians to fulfil Road Map obligations

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has appealed to the Israelis and the Palestinians to fulfil their obligations under international law and the Road Map, a widely endorsed plan for peace in the Middle East.

Annan welcomes coalition agreement on new Cambodian government

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed the signing of a coalition agreement by Cambodia's two main political parties that paves the way for the formation of a new government.

Investigators head to Sierra Leone to probe UN helicopter crash

Teams of investigators from the United Nations and the Russian Federation are on their way to Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown, to open an official investigation of yesterday’s helicopter crash that apparently killed two dozen UN workers, a spokesman for the world body said today.

UN hails Global Fund approval of $2.9 billion to fight AIDS, TB and malaria

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria today approved new grants totalling $2.9 billion, drawing immediate praise from the United Nations.