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Afghan opium production nearly halved, UN report finds

Afghan opium production has decreased by almost 50 per cent this year, the United Nations said in a new report released today, while cautioning that rising prices on the global market may induce farmers to cultivate more of the lucrative crop.

UNESCO chief pays tribute to Nobel physics laureate Georges Charpak

The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) expressed her profound sorrow at the death of French scientist Georges Charpak, winner of the 1992 Nobel Prize for Physics.

All countries must protect rights of tens of millions of irregular migrants – UN group

All countries must protect the human rights of the tens of millions of migrants worldwide who lack proper legal status and are thus more likely to face abuse, prolonged detention and ill-treatment, enslavement, rape or even murder, a United Nations-backed group warned today.

UN offices in West Africa step up efforts to boost stability on eve of polls

United Nations political and peacekeeping missions in West Africa have drawn up joint plans to strengthen stability in the region, where upcoming elections, drug trafficking and organized crime are potential factors for unrest and violence.

UN telecom agency joins forces with Portugal to bring laptops to schools

The United Nations International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and Portugal have joined forces to bring laptops to schools in developing countries.

Many Pakistani flood victims returning to their places of origin – UN

The United Nations humanitarian arm said today that the majority of people displaced by the floods in Pakistan have either returned to their places of origin or are doing so, except in Sindh, one of the worst-hit provinces.

Six countries dominate clean energy patents, UN-backed study finds

Innovations in clean energy technologies are concentrated in six countries – Japan, the United States, Germany, the Republic of Korea (ROK), France and the United Kingdom – according to a new United Nations-backed study.

Security Council and General Assembly presidents discuss key global issues

General Assembly Joseph Deiss today held discussions with this month’s Security Council President Ertugrul Apakan, Turkey’s Permanent Representative, a day after wrapping up the Assembly’s annual opening session at which many speakers called for a realignment of United Nations power.

Job prospects gloomy despite recovering global economy – UN report

Prospects for job opportunities have worsened in many countries despite evidence that the global economy is growing again in the wake of the recession, and labour markets are likely to remain depressed until 2015, the United Nations labour agency said in a report unveiled today.

Ecuador: UN chief expresses deep concern at civil unrest

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced deep concern at today’s developments in Ecuador, where the President has been hurt during protests and some members of the police and military forces have reportedly been insubordinate.