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In Kenya, UN envoy warns that humanitarian crisis could deepen

Arriving today in Kenya, where 3.5 million people need emergency assistance, a United Nations Special Humanitarian Envoy warned that the crisis could deepen as families exhaust their remaining resources.

UN envoy calls for action on Afghanistan Compact development plan

As key national and international officials gathered in Kabul to usher forward a major development plan for Afghanistan, the senior United Nations envoy to the country urged determined action to see it through.

IAEA report on Iran sent to Security Council

The Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has sent his report on Iran's implementation of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Safeguards Agreement to the United Nations Security Council and the IAEA Board of Governors.

Specialized police units taking greater post-conflict role in UN missions

Specialized police units, armoured and made up of 125 officers from a single country, are increasingly being pushed by the United Nations as an efficient, cost-effective way of bridging the gap between the military component in UN missions and the often nascent, traumatized national police forces of post-conflict countries, senior officials said today.

UN mission in Côte d'Ivoire deplores murder of 5 people, urges support for probe

United Nations peacekeepers and their counterparts from a French force in Côte d'Ivoire have discovered the bodies of five people slain in violence that prompted others to flee the area, located by the zone separating the Government-controlled south from the rebel-held north.

UN humanitarian envoy pledges to help drought-stricken pastoralists in Ethiopia

The United Nations Special Humanitarian Envoy for the drought-ravaged Horn of Africa was made an elder of the Kereyu Gada clan today at an unprecedented gathering of pastoralist leaders in Ethiopia's Oromiya Region, which he is visiting as part of a regional tour aimed at spotlighting the urgent need for international assistance to mitigate the effects of drought.

UNICEF goodwill envoy Angelique Kidjo urges more HIV treatment in Zimbabwe

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador Angelique Kidjo, has met with some of Zimbabwe's 115,000 children infected with HIV and called for more measures to help young people living with AIDS.

Huge donor shortfall forces drastic food cuts for millions of Sudanese – UN

Despite the horrific suffering of more than 6 million vulnerable people across Sudan, a huge shortfall in requested funds has forced the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to make drastic cuts in food rations as from May, the agency announced today.

Sri Lanka: UN expert urges end to political killings in Government-rebel fighting

A United Nations rights expert has called on the Government of Sri Lanka and separatist Tamil rebels to take urgent measures to end political killings and strengthen human rights protections as the conflict looks set to spiral out of control.

UN Council extends peacekeeping mandate in Western Sahara through October

Calling once again upon the parties and States in the region to end the current impasse in Western Sahara, the Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum there (MINURSO) for six months, through October 2006.