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Poorest nations hit hardest by rising fuel and food prices, climate change – Migiro

With only two years left to complete an ambitious 10-year programme of steps to be taken by both industrialized nations and least developed countries (LDCs) to fight poverty, soaring food and oil prices and the disproportionate effects of climate change are adding new pitfalls, Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro said today.

UN health agency issues guidelines on melamine-contaminated food

With the crisis of contaminated milk products in China having driven over 54,000 children to seek medical treatment, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has issued preliminary guidance to help authorities decide on the health concerns of melamine levels in food.

Students from Lebanon, Syria grab top honours at UNESCO-backed school contest

A team of students from Lebanon and Syria has taken first place in the largest global contest for students, backed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which seeks to foster dialogue between children from different cultural backgrounds.

UN Asia-Pacific forum focuses on technology for people with disabilities

The United Nations today kicked off an initiative to improve access to information and communication technology (ICT) for persons with disabilities in Asia and the Pacific, including using a computer keyboard or being able to see information on the Internet – things most people take for granted.

At least 52 dead in latest Gulf of Aden smuggling incident, says UN agency

At least 52 Somalis died when the boat smuggling them across the Gulf of Aden to Yemen broke down and they were left adrift with no food or water for 18 days, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has reported.

Security Council extends UN presence in Liberia for another year

The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) through September 2009, and authorized Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to proceed with the planned reduction of the operation’s personnel.

Security Council extends terms of judges on UN’s Balkans war crimes tribunal

The Security Council today extended the terms of office of a number of judges serving on the United Nations tribunal set up to deal with the worst war crimes committed during the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s to help the court to finish its caseload at the earliest.

Iraq’s anti-corruption efforts receive boost from UN partners

The United Nations today launched a five-year plan to help Iraq prevent and combat corruption, a key element in the Government’s efforts to rebuild the fledgling democracy after years of strife and misrule.

Short of funds and resources, UN nuclear agency at crossroads, warns chief

The United Nations atomic watchdog agency urgently needs greater funds and resources to carry out its multifaceted tasks, from verifying that Iran is not seeking nuclear weapons and preventing terrorists from acquiring radioactive materials to spurring advances in medicine and agriculture, its chief warned today.

Tackling impunity key to success of International Criminal Court – Liechtenstein

The establishment of the International Criminal Court (ICC) is the most significant feat in international law in decades, Liechtenstein told the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate today, noting that the body’s legacy will be measured by its moves to address the issue of impunity.