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UN extends emergency food airlift to hundreds of thousands of flood victims in Ethiopia

The United Nations today extended its emergency airlift of food for flood victims in the Horn of Africa to Ethiopia, sending in helicopters with relief supplies for hundreds of thousands of people stranded by the surging waters that have cut off or severely restricted land contact.

UN effort for eco-friendly sports wins gold with new report on 2006 Winter Olympics

United Nations-backed efforts to promote eco-friendly sports events won another gold medal today with the release of a report showing that the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Torino, Italy, set new records in the quest for environmental sustainability in mass sports.

Namibia: critical funding shortfall threatens to cut off UN food for 90,000 children

Some 90,000 orphans and vulnerable children in Namibia will be deprived of vital food supplies in the second half of December because of a critical shortage of funding, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today.

UN-backed relief convoy reaches 40,000 Sri Lankans cut off for past month by fighting

A humanitarian convoy of 84 trucks organized with United Nations help has brought in food, fuel and medical supplies to 40,000 displaced Sri Lankans cut off for the past month by fighting between the Government and Tamil separatists in the north-east of the strife-torn Indian Ocean island.

European Union migration proposals welcomed by UN refugee agency

The United Nations refugee agency today welcomed new proposals from the European Union which emphasize that asylum protection must play a key part of any measures to control migration.

UN war crimes tribunal sentences Bosnian Serb general to life in jail

The United Nations war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia today sentenced a former Bosnian Serb general to life in prison after dismissing an appeal against his convictions for his role in the long siege of the city of Sarajevo during the early 1990s.

UN calls for almost $4 billion in emergency aid to help 27 million worldwide in 2007

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today launched an appeal for almost $4 billion to provide food, water, medicine and other emergency assistance to help millions of people struggling to survive in areas of conflict and natural disasters in 29 countries or regions in 2007.

Uganda: UNICEF calls for restraint following disarmament campaign violence

Alarmed at continued violence in Uganda’s northern Kotido district linked to a disarmament campaign in which 13 women and nine children have already died, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has called on national and local authorities to take all measures to protect civilians.

Kosovo Albanians, Serbia still ‘diametrically opposed’ on province’s future – Annan

Kosovo’s ethnic Albanian Government and Serbia remain “diametrically opposed” in their views of the future status of the Serbian province, which that the United Nations has run ever since Western forces drove out Yugoslav troops in 1999 amid ethnic fighting, according to Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s latest report on the issue released today.

Darfur: Annan stresses that continued peacekeeping presence is essential

The world cannot afford to compromise on ensuring there is a continued peacekeeping presence in the war-torn Sudanese region of Darfur that is as effective as possible, Secretary-General Kofi Annan told an African Union (AU) summit today.