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UN report shows access to HIV services improving in developing countries

A new United Nations report showing significant progress in improving access to HIV/AIDS services in 37 developing countries offers realistic hope for the achievement of universal access, a UN official responsible for battling the pandemic said today.

More nations sign on to UN-backed initiative to end use of child soldiers

Eleven new countries have added their names to a growing United Nations-backed list of States that have pledged to halt child recruitment, support the release of children from armed groups and help reintegrate them into civilian life.

Respiratory infections on rise in flood-ravaged Pakistan as weather cools – UN

Acute respiratory infections are increasing among flood-hit communities in Pakistan as cooler weather sets in, with nearly 90,000 people affected over the past week, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) reported today.

Myanmar voices confidence at UN debate that upcoming elections will be orderly

Myanmar is confident that upcoming elections, the first to be staged in the country in two decades, will be orderly and successful, the nation’s Foreign Minister told the General Assembly today.

UN envoy for Somalia calls for coordinated strategy against maritime piracy

The United Nations envoy for Somalia today called for a coordinated political, military and development strategy to combat the scourge of piracy off the Horn of African country’s coastline, saying ad hoc measures to tackle the problem are unlikely to succeed.

Ban stresses role of ‘Group of 77’ developing nations in advancing UN priorities

From achieving global anti-poverty targets to tackling climate change and other critical environmental issues, the bloc of developing nations known as the “Group of 77 and China” has a vital role to play in ensuring progress on a host of priorities on the United Nations agenda, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.

Two-pronged solution needed to end Middle East conflict, Israel tells UN

The long-running conflict between Israelis and Palestinians is based on both emotional and practical problems, Israel’s Foreign Minister told the General Assembly today, stressing the need for a two-staged solution.

Nepal’s determination to peace process ‘unwavering,’ UN gathering hears

Drafting a new constitution is the next crucial step in Nepal’s “historic transformation,” the country’s Home Affairs Minister has told the General Assembly, underscoring its steadfast commitment to the peace process.

Zambia backs proposed UN treaty to regulate trade in small arms

Zambia has backed the convening of a United Nations conference to discuss an international agreement to regulate trade in small arms and light weapons, saying uncontrolled trade in such arms threatened the country’s security and social development.

Security Council to send more UN troops to Côte d’Ivoire ahead of upcoming polls

The Security Council today urged parties in Côte d’Ivoire to ensure the holding of the country’s long-delayed presidential polls next month, and agreed to deploy up to 500 additional United Nations troops to assist with security during the election period.