The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today a new food subsidy initiative geared towards providing Afghanistan’s urban poor with guaranteed access to provisions despite the threat of food insecurity across the country.
Representatives of Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia have agreed to a fresh round of United Nations-mediated talks to resolve their long-running dispute over the official name of the latter country.
United Nations staff members have become primary targets of attacks by terrorists and insurgents around the globe, the world body’s Staff Union warned today as it paid tribute to those colleagues killed while serving with the Organization in 2011.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon commended Palestinian and Israeli negotiators for meeting today in Amman, Jordan, and called on the two sides to use the meeting to work towards a lasting solution to the Middle East conflict.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed concern about continuing political tensions in Iraq, urging all parties in the Middle East country “to work to resolve their differences peacefully through meaningful dialogue and compromise.”
While the showdown between the South Sudanese military and thousands of armed tribesmen over the flashpoint town of Pibor has subsided, the humanitarian situation in the area remains grim, a top United Nations official in the country warned today.
Ban Ki-moon has begun his second term as UN Secretary-General by pledging to harness the “power of partnerships” to respond to the planet’s biggest challenges, such as climate change, poverty and women’s empowerment.