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Secretary-General declares Nepal eligible for UN Peacebuilding Fund

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today that Nepal is eligible to receive assistance from the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund, set up a year ago to help countries emerging from conflict consolidate their gains and avoid slipping back into war.

Ban Ki-moon names new deputy head for UNICEF

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today appointed a veteran United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) official to help lead the agency as its Deputy Executive Director.

New UN survey reveals alarming malnutrition rates among Darfur’s children

Child malnutrition rates have reached their highest level in three years in the strife-torn Darfur region of Sudan, according to a joint survey carried out by the Government and the United Nations, which is leading what is the currently the largest relief effort in the world aimed at assisting some 4.2 million people.

Sri Lankan rebels, breakaway faction still recruiting child soldiers – Ban Ki-moon

The separatist Tamil Tiger rebels and a breakaway group known as the Tamil Makkal Viduthali Pulikal (TMVP)/Karuna faction continue to abduct children to fight as soldiers in the bloody conflict in Sri Lanka, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a new report made public today.

UN agency lauds creative efforts to fight global hunger in 2007

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has hailed new, creative efforts in 2007 that galvanized more support in the fight against global hunger, ranging from the world’s first and most popular humanitarian video game to a partnership with the International Rugby Board.

Hybrid force for Darfur set to deploy on 31 December – UN

The United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), set to become the world body’s largest peacekeeping operation with some 26,000 personnel at full strength, is poised to officially take over on Monday from the AU force currently on the ground trying to quell the violence and suffering in the war-wracked region of western Sudan.

UN mission calls on Ethiopia, Eritrea to show restraint after shooting incident

The United Nations peacekeeping mission monitoring the ceasefire between Ethiopia and Eritrea today called on both sides to show maximum restraint after a shooting incident in the border area where the two countries fought a two-year war that ended in 2000.

Sri Lanka: UN expert urges targeted measures to assist internally displaced

While considerable efforts have been made to assist hundreds of thousands of people displaced by conflict in Sri Lanka, more must be done to ensure their safety and access to livelihoods so that they can lead normal lives, according to an independent United Nations human rights expert who recently visited the country.

Secretary-General voices outrage at assassination of ex-leader of Pakistan

Expressing his shock and outrage at the assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today strongly condemned the “heinous crime” and called for those behind the attack to be brought to justice.

Security Council urges calm following ‘reprehensible’ terrorist attack in Pakistan

Condemning the deadly terrorist attack that killed former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and at least a dozen others in the northern city of Rawalpindi, the United Nations Security Council called on all Pakistanis to show restraint in the wake of today’s tragedy.