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With Afghan elections over, time to refocus on peace and development – UN

With a series of important political events having taken place this year, it is now time for Afghanistan and its partners to focus on the road ahead in ensuring peace and development for the country, a top United Nations official said today.

At UN, DPR Korea pushes for replacing Republic of Korea armistice with peace pact

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the start of the Korean War, and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) today at the General Assembly called for talks to begin as early as possible to replace the Armistice with a peace agreement.

UN chief hopes China and Japan can amicably resolve current differences

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced hope that China and Japan can amicably resolve their current differences, in light of the recent tensions that arose between the East Asian neighbours over a boat collision near disputed territory.

Russia urges Iran to cooperate with UN nuclear agency

Russia today urged Iran to cooperate with the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and to show transparency in its relationship with the body to resolve outstanding issues related to Tehran’s nuclear programme.

UN must lead way in forging new global economic system, Latin Americans say

Two Latin American countries today called for a strengthened and reformed United Nations to take the lead in establishing a new, more democratic and open system in the fields of international finance and economy.

UN conference adopts action plan for improving early childhood care and education

Participants at a United Nations-backed conference in Moscow today adopted an action plan to expand and improve comprehensive early childhood care and education, especially for the world’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged children.

Singapore, addressing General Assembly, urges enhanced role for G20

Spotlighting the crucial role played by the so-called Group of 20 (G20) to prevent the economic crisis from spiralling into a depression, Singapore’s Foreign Minister issued a call at the General Assembly for the bloc to take the lead in breaking the deadlock in negotiations on reducing global trade barriers.

Security Council lifts sanctions against Sierra Leone

The Security Council today lifted the arms embargo and other sanctions it imposed on Sierra Leone more than 12 years ago during the civil war that left at least 75,000 people dead and many more maimed.

Despite gloomy economy, malaria deaths can still be halted by 2015 – UN official

Despite the tough global economy, new commitments by governments give hope that deaths from malaria, which now kills some 1 million people around the world every year, can be eliminated by the target date of 2015, a senior United Nations official said today.

Venezuela wants to suspend Security Council veto rights

Venezuela today called for wholesale reform of the United Nations – suspending veto rights of the five permanent Security Council members, enlarging the 15-member body, strengthening the General Assembly and opening up the election of Secretary-General.