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UN agency condemns forced recruitment of Sudanese refugees in Chad

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) today called for an end to the forced conscription of Sudanese refugees in Chad, warning that the practice is further evidence of mounting insecurity along the volatile border area.

Africa second only to Latin America in forest loss, leads in forest fires – UN

The net rate of forest loss in Africa is the second highest in the world, behind Latin America, often due to lax enforcement of laws, and the continent leads the globe in the frequency of forest fires, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported today.

Head of UN environment agency steps down after eight years in office

Klaus Toepfer, who led the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) over an eight-year period that saw environmental sustainability become central to international development goals, bid farewell to the agency today during ceremonies in Nairobi.

UN-backed conference on injury prevention to be held in Africa for first time

With rates of violence and injury in Africa among the world's highest, ranging from war deaths to road accidents to poisoning, the continent will host its first ever major international conference on the issue next week when more than1,000 experts from nearly 130 countries gather under United Nations auspices in Durban, South Africa.

Ton of cocaine incinerated in UN-backed operation in Kenya

Some $90 million worth of cocaine went up in smoke in Nairobi, Kenya, today in a United-Nations back incineration that underlined the world body's major role in combating the global illicit drug trade.

World’s first broadband environmental TV channel launches today: UN agency

The world’s first broadband TV channel dedicated to environmental issues – called ‘’ and developed with support from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) – is being launched today, aiming to become a “one-stop shop” of broadcast information on the environment covering everything from climate change to children’s stories on wildlife.

Sudan: UN agency calls for immediate funds to prevent sharp rise in diseases

Without an urgent infusion of funding, millions of people throughout Sudan will face a significant rise in cases of malaria, meningitis, diarrhoeal diseases, acute respiratory infections and measles, the United Nations health agency has warned.

Security Council extends UN Mission in Georgia through mid-October

The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) until 15 October, subject to any changes to the peacekeeping force deployed there by the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) made up of countries that used to be part of the Soviet Union.

Annan leaves next week for Spain and Netherlands on official visit

Secretary-General Kofi Annan travels to Spain and the Netherlands next week to chair a meeting of top United Nations executives and help celebrate the 60th birthday of the World Court, the UN’s top judicial body.

Developing countries must be proactive toward environmental trade regulations

A proactive, holistic approach is needed for developing countries to effectively deal with trade regulations on environmental health-related concerns, according to a report released today by a United Nations agency.