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Nepal: UN presses Government to follow Court judgment on disappearances

The United Nations human rights office in Nepal today encouraged the fledgling Government to take action on a watershed Supreme Court decision, made two years ago, calling for an investigation into those behind scores of disappearances during the South Asian nation's decade-long civil war.

UN envoy extends condolences over passing of former President of Sudan

The Secretary-General's Special Representative to Sudan today commiserated over the passing of the African nation's former President Jaafar Nimeiri.

UN mission in DR Congo assists military in offensive against Hutu rebels

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) announced on Saturday that it is supporting Congolese government forces (FARDC) in an ongoing effort to flush out an ethnic Hutu militia, committing atrocities against civilians in the east of the vast African country.

Graphic warnings on tobacco packages can save lives, says UN health agency

The United Nations health agency today called on governments to require that all tobacco packages include pictures to warn consumers of the ill effects of tobacco use, which kills more than five million people every year.

International Day spotlights need for more women in UN peacekeeping

The United Nations is marking the annual International Day of Peacekeepers by honouring the brave troops, police and civilians who serve in some of the most difficult places around the world, and by stressing the unique role played by women and the need to deploy more of them.

UN and Chile launch sustainable tourism initiative for Easter Island

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Chile today embarked on a new programme to develop sustainable tourism on Easter Island, which receives some 60,000 visitors every year.

UN to provide technology for development training for Afghan policymakers

In its ongoing effort to close the digital divide in Afghanistan, the United Nations will be holding an information and communications technology (ICT) “training the trainers” programme in Kabul to educate the country’s decision-makers on using the latest innovations to promote development.

Pakistan: UN agencies join forces to provide shelter to conflict displaced

Two United Nations agencies have joined forces to provide shelter and supplies to hundreds of thousands of people displaced by fighting in Pakistan's North West Frontier Province.

Poland becoming transit, destination country for human trafficking – UN expert

Poland’s accession to both the European Union (EU) and the Schengen zone has transformed it into both a transit and destination country for human trafficking, a United Nations independent expert said today, noting that the Eastern European nation has made progress in fighting the scourge.

DR Congo: UN fund allocates over $12 million to aid victims of violence

The United Nations humanitarian wing has allocated over $12 million to help nearly 200,000 people in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) cope with the lingering consequences of a series of attacks by the Ugandan rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).