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Latest edition of UN Yearbook published

A 1,500 page reference work covering all major activities of the United Nations system in 1998 has been published by the UN Department of Public Information (DPI).

Afghanistan has world's fastest growing crisis of internal displacement: UN

A top United Nations humanitarian official returning from an assessment mission in Afghanistan warned today that the country had the world's fastest growing problem of internal displacement.

Annan sees hopeful signs in DR of Congo after change in leadership

The change in leadership in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has brought with it a new willingness to cooperate with various Congolese factions towards a peaceful settlement of the country's long-standing conflict, according to Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

Security Council decries lack of progress in resolving conflict in Abkhazia, Georgia

The continued lack of progress on key issues concerning a comprehensive settlement of the conflict in Abkhazia, Georgia, was unacceptable, the Security Council said this afternoon.

Security Council members urge confidence-building steps to solve Prevlaka dispute

Noting a lack of progress towards a political settlement of the Prevlaka dispute between Croatia and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, members of the United Nations Security Council today encouraged the parties to move forward speedily on the confidence-building measures conveyed informally to them by the UN in 1999.

Top UN official in Kosovo deplores killing of municipality president

The top United Nations official in Kosovo today expressed shock at learning of the murder of Ismet Raci, President of the Klina Municipality and a member of the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK).

Annan recommends two-month extension of UN's Western Sahara mission

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today reported that there has been no progress in the implementation of the United Nations Settlement Plan for Western Sahara, but recommended that the UN mission in the country be extended for two months to allow the parties to explore a possible solution.

UN calls for bolder policies to stem global economic downturn

For the world economy to regain its momentum this year, the major economies will have to be "firing on all engines and at the same time," the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) said today as it released a major new study on global economic prospects.

Continuing Middle East diplomacy, UN envoy holds meetings in Damascus

Continuing his diplomatic efforts in response to recent violence in the Middle East, a top United Nations envoy held high-level meetings today in Syria.

China's ratification of Bangkok accord makes it world's largest trade pact, UN says

China's ratification of the Bangkok Agreement has made one of Asia's oldest trade accords the world's largest in terms of market potential, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) announced today.