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UN refugee agency welcomes adoption of pact to ban cluster bombs

The United Nations refugee agency has added its voice to the chorus of support greeting yesterday's adoption of an international convention to end the manufacture, use and stockpiling of cluster bombs.

UN agency seeks $28 million to fund health plan after Myanmar cyclone

The United Nations health agency is calling for $28 million to fund a six-month action plan to help survivors of this month's catastrophic cyclone in Myanmar and to support efforts to rebuild the country's health-care system.

Haiti: UN mission and local police arrest four men at heart of kidnapping gang

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti and the country's police force say they have dismantled an important criminal gang wanted for several recent kidnappings and murders after arresting four men yesterday morning.

Conserving plant and animal species is not a luxury, Migiro warns

Protecting the world’s many species of plants and animals from extinction should not be considered a luxury option, Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro has told a gathering of female environment ministers, urging them to take the lead in efforts to maintain fragile ecosystems.

Transport sector must lead in the climate change fight, UN official says

The transport sector is expected to contribute so much to greenhouse gas emissions in the future that it must play a key role in shaping the global climate change deal which countries have agreed to try to clinch next year, a senior United Nations environmental official says.

UN health agency calls for total ban on tobacco advertising to protect young

The United Nations health agency today called on governments to impose a ban on all tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship to deter young people around the world from taking up smoking.

UN rights expert ‘dismayed’ at xenophobic violence in South Africa

A United Nations human rights expert today said he was distressed at the current spate of xenophobic attacks on foreigners and ethnic minorities in South Africa, which has claimed the lives of 56 people.

Ban 'delighted' at adoption of new cluster bomb convention

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the adoption of the Convention on Cluster Munitions in Dublin, and encouraged Member States to ratify the new agreement.

Police killing of three protesters in Nepal prompts UN human rights probe

United Nations human rights official in Nepal announced today that it would open an investigation into the killing of three people and the wounding of seven others by Nepalese police after protesters threw rocks and stones during a demonstration in the far west of the country.

Myanmar: UN welcomes increased access for international aid workers

The United Nations today welcomed the Myanmar Government’s decision to allow more international aid workers into the hardest-hit areas in the country to support the ongoing recovery effort after Cyclone Nargis.