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UN refugee agency deplores deaths of hundreds bound for Europe off Libyan coast

The United Nations refugee agency today expressed its shock at reports that hundreds of people are missing off the Libyan coast as they sought new lives in Europe, as the smuggling season gets under way in the Mediterranean.

UN joins global task force to create new ‘green’ economy

United Nations officials will begin work with a task force, launched today in London, charged with developing a set of practical projects and policy proposals to stimulate a new low-carbon global economy.

Pakistan: fears mount over health of UN staffer abducted nearly two months ago

The United Nations said today it is increasingly worried about the health of staffer John Solecki, who was abducted in Pakistan nearly two months ago, noting that there has been no information from those holding him for at least two weeks now.

Top UN official calls for fully funding fight against AIDS, TB and malaria

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria must be fully funded if countries are to achieve the goal of universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support, the head of the United Nations agency tasked with coordinating the AIDS response has stressed.

Afghanistan: flawed elections could roll back progress, warns Ban

Too much is at stake for Afghanistan’s upcoming presidential elections to be flawed, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed today, calling on the international community to support efforts to consolidate stability in the war-torn nation.

UN voices concern over rift preventing patients leaving Gaza for treatment

United Nations agencies operating in the Gaza Strip have expressed serious concern over the halting of patients leaving the area for specialised hospital treatment after Hamas took control of the health department tasked with making referrals abroad.

Boosting deployment of UN-African Union force focus of Darfur meeting

Representatives of the Government of Sudan, the African Union and the United Nations met today in Darfur to discuss ways to facilitate and expedite deployment of the joint peacekeeping force tasked with quelling the violence in the strife-torn region.

First ‘Killing Fields’ suspect stands trial in joint UN-Cambodian court

Hearings at a United Nation-backed genocide tribunal have begun in the first trial of a suspect accused of crimes committed during the killing spree ordered by the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia in the late 1970s.

Ban expresses distress at deadly attack in eastern Pakistan

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed his distress regarding yesterday’s deadly attack on a police academy in eastern Pakistan, voicing hope that authorities will investigate the incident and determine who was behind it.

General Assembly confirms Helen Clark as new UN development chief

The General Assembly today confirmed the appointment of former Prime Minister Helen Clark of New Zealand as the new head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).