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Outcome of Zimbabwe polls illegitimate, says Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has criticized the outcome of Friday’s run-off presidential election in Zimbabwe – which went ahead despite international appeals for a postponement given the violence and intimidation that preceded it – as illegitimate.

UN agency launches international coalition of cities against racism

An international coalition of cities against racism and discrimination is being launched today by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) at the World Forum on Human Rights in Nantes, France.

New agreement paves way for increased UN food delivery to DPR Korea

A new agreement between the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) paves the way for the agency to step up its food assistance to more than five million hungry people in the country.

Recent quake sends shockwaves through China’s agricultural sector – UN

Last month’s earthquake in Sichuan, China, has caused some $6 billion in damage to the province’s agricultural sector, severely affecting over 30 million people in rural communities, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today.

Ban welcomes humanitarian exchange between Israel and Hizbollah

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed recent progress on resolving the humanitarian aspects of the Security Council resolution that ended the 2006 conflict between Israel and the Lebanese group Hizbollah.

UN agency condemns killing of food aid driver in southern Sudan

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has condemned the “senseless killing” of one of its truck drivers who was ambushed in southern Sudan after delivering vital food supplies to the agency’s warehouse in Juba.

Meeting Japanese leaders, Ban praises Tokyo’s contribution to UN work

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met Japanese leaders in Tokyo on Monday and praised the “immense contribution” Japan has made to the work of the United Nations.

UN unveils speedier tests in poorer nations for drug-resistant tuberculosis

The inhabitants of developing nations will find out whether they have been infected with multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in two days, not the standard two to three months, thanks to two new United Nations-backed initiatives.

Secretary-General mourns deaths of senior Guatemalan officials

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced sadness over the deaths of two senior Guatemalan officials.

Ban appoints France’s Alain Le Roy as new UN peacekeeping chief

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Alain Le Roy of France as the new head of United Nations peacekeeping, tasked with overseeing almost 110,000 personnel serving in 20 peace operations around the world.