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UN food agency launches initiative to fight hunger in Afghan cities

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.

Greece, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia agree to fresh UN-mediated talks

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.

UN staff union mourns colleagues killed over past year

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.

Ban welcomes meeting between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators

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.

Head of UN food agency to step down after five years of service

The head of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today that she will step down after five years at the helm of the Rome-based agency.

Political dialogue vital to promote peace and stability in Iraq – Ban

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.”

Residents of South Sudan flashpoint town in need of aid after attack – UN official

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.

New chief of UN’s food and agriculture agency outlines plans as he starts work

The new head of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has begun work, pledging today to increase the agency’s support to poor countries experiencing prolonged food crises.

Ban stresses ‘people power’ and partnerships at start of second term as UN chief

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.