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Education vital for achieving all other development goals, Ban tells Doha forum

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged participants at a global finance meeting in Doha to ensure that all children receive the education they need, without which countries will not be able to achieve their development targets.

Top UN envoy calls for probe into murder of female colleague in Afghanistan

The top United Nations official in Afghanistan has joined the world body''s human rights and non-governmental organization (NGO) partners in condemning the murder of a female Afghan colleague in the volatile eastern province of Nangarhar and calling for an investigation into the killing.

Protection of civilians remains key issue in Sudan, stresses UN humanitarian chief

The top United Nations humanitarian official today stressed the need to ensure the protection of civilians and the safety of aid workers in Sudan, particularly in the strife-torn Darfur region, where the world body and its partners are aiding some 4.7 million people.

In Doha, Ban urges ‘bold’ steps to prevent financial turmoil becoming human crisis

Warning of the consequences of the current financial turmoil on other key global challenges, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for bold and effective efforts to ensure that today''s emergency does not become tomorrow''s human crisis with particularly devastating effects on the world''s poorest.

Secretary-General condemns rocket attack near UN premises in Baghdad

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the rocket attack that occurred near the United Nations compound in Baghdad''s International Zone today, killed two catering staff and injuring 15 others.

Haiti: UN expert urges further progress to strengthen civil and political rights

The independent United Nations expert on the situation of human rights in Haiti has urged the impoverished Caribbean nation to make further progress in ensuring civil and political rights for its citizens, especially with regard to improving its penal system.

Security Council condemns ‘reprehensible’ terrorist attacks in Mumbai

The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned the terrorist attacks in Mumbai that started on 26 November, which included the taking of hostages and caused numerous deaths and injuries in India’s financial capital.

Some Sudanese regions rife with arbitrary arrest and detention, says UN report

Arbitrary arrest and detention are rife in many parts of Sudan, and are often linked to further serious violations such as torture, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) says in a report released today.

Panama: UN food agency provides assistance to thousands of flood victims

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is rushing assistance to about 15,000 people along Panama’s Caribbean coast, where floods following a week of heavy rains have destroyed homes, roads and other infrastructure and left locals in urgent need of help.

World’s fastest animal, in race for survival, to get added UN-backed protection

The critically endangered cheetah, the world’s fastest land animal, is set to obtain added international protection next week at a United Nations-backed conference seeking to strengthen conservation of species that often cross national borders.