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Secretary-General congratulates Lesotho for holding of peaceful elections

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon congratulates the people of Lesotho for conducting peaceful elections recently for the African country's National Assembly, his spokesperson said overnight.

UN-Arab League envoy discusses situation in Syria with King of Jordan

The Joint Special Envoy of the United Nations and the Arab League for the Syrian Crisis, Kofi Annan, today met with King Adbullah II Bin Al Hussein of Jordan, for talks on developments in neighbouring Syria.

At Alliance of Civilizations meeting, Ban calls for tolerance and cooperation

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed the need for tolerance and cooperation amidst the global economic crisis and the political transitions taking place in several Arab countries, and called on countries to strengthen their partnerships and engage in dialogue.

Long-term investment crucial for Somalia's recovery, development – UN envoy

The top United Nations official for Somalia today called for greater investment in the Horn of Africa nation, as international partners gathered to renew their commitment to the country's recovery and development and to support the ongoing political transition.

UN calls for better civilian protection as DR Congo violence uproots tens of thousands

With close to 100,000 people uprooted from their homes by the recent wave of violence in the province of North Kivu, in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the UN humanitarian agency today renewed its call for better measures to protect civilians and more aid for distressed families.

UN refugee agency warns of worsening global displacement over next ten years

The number of displaced persons worldwide will significantly grow over the next ten years due to factors such as conflict, natural disasters and climate change, according to the flagship publication of the United Nations refugee agency, launched today, which stresses that international solidarity is needed to address the issue.

UN officials urge national leaders to fight industry’s attacks in war against tobacco

Top United Nations officials today called on governments to resist the increasingly aggressive steps taken by the tobacco industry to undermine efforts to reduce the global scourge, which kills almost six million people every year.

Neglected indigenous food can be important tool to fight hunger – UN official

Indigenous foods which have been neglected by the food industry and urban consumers can be an important tool to alleviate hunger and malnutrition, a United Nations official said today.

With needs rising, UN refugee agency issues fresh appeal to assist uprooted Malians

The United Nations refugee agency today appealed for $153.7 million to assist Malians uprooted by insecurity and taking refuge in neighbouring countries in West Africa’s Sahel region, sharply revising the funding request made earlier this year.

UN tribunal convicts former Rwandan minister of youth for genocide

The United Nations tribunal trying key suspects implicated in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda today convicted the country’s former youth minister of genocide and crimes against humanity, and sentenced him to life imprisonment.