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Top UN official in Iraq urges greater inclusion of minorities in society

The United Nations top envoy in Iraq has encouraged the country’s Government and members of its civil society to continue promoting and protecting the role of minority groups in Iraqi cultural and political life.

UN launches new guidelines in fight against chikungunya

United Nations health officials have unveiled new guidelines to help countries throughout the Americas detect and prevent transmission of the mosquito-borne chikungunya virus – a disease which has already infected more than two million people around the world.

UN-supported project brings Afghans one step closer to cleaner cooking stoves

The United Nations and its partners have teamed up with local villagers in Afghanistan to develop clean cooking stoves that could potentially save lives by improving indoor air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions and dependence on wood for fuel.

Ban condemns murder of bus passengers in Pakistan

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned the attack in Pakistan earlier today in which gunmen reportedly killed 18 people after ordering them off a bus travelling between the capital, Islamabad, and the northern town of Gilgit.

Drug-related violence has reached alarming levels in Central America – UN

Escalating violence involving drug trafficking organizations in Central America has reached “alarming and unprecedented levels,” making it one of the most violent areas in the world, the United Nations anti-narcotics panel stressed in its annual report which was launched today.

UN kicks off information technology ‘hackathon’ promoting global sustainability

A United Nations-backed competition with the goal of uncovering sustainable approaches to information and communication technology (ICT) kicked off today, bringing developers from around the world together in a ‘frenetic’ race of programming.

UN urges businesses to join corporate responsibility pact ahead of Rio forum

The world’s corporations are increasingly adopting a more sustainable course of doing business, a senior United Nations official said today, but voiced concern that participation was still lagging below expectations ahead of a major forum on corporate sustainability in Rio de Janeiro in June.

UN anti-narcotics panel calls for better support for youth and marginalized

Helping marginalized communities and young people experiencing drug problems must be an international priority, the United Nations body tasked with monitoring the production and consumption of narcotics worldwide said today, urging countries to protect these groups so they can be reintegrated into society.

UN temporarily relocates staff from northern Afghan office after attack

The United Nations said today it is relocating international staff from its office in the northern province of Kunduz which was attacked this weekend, reportedly by protesters angry over last week’s burning of copies of the Koran by United States soldiers.

UN Human Rights Council opens with calls to uphold freedoms worldwide

As the current session of the main United Nations human rights body began today, senior officials stressed that the Organization’s work in this area is as vital as ever, particularly at a time when men and women worldwide are rising up to demand basic freedoms and a life of dignity.