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Terror attacks underscore need for nuclear disarmament, UN official says

The terrorist attacks against the United States on 11 September underscore the need to cut the world's arsenal of nuclear weapons, according to a top United Nations disarmament official.

Central America: UN agency brings emergency aid to drought-affected farmers

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has started emergency projects for the drought-stricken farmers and their families in Guatemala, Nicaragua and El Salvador.

Stunned by destruction at site of attack, Annan says all of UN is with New York

Expressing his shock at the magnitude of the destruction that he witnessed at the site of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today said New Yorkers had the full support, sympathy and admiration of the UN.

In wake of terror attacks, General Assembly postpones annual high-level debate

One week after the devastating terrorist attacks against the United States, the United Nations General Assembly decided to postpone its annual high-level debate, a spokesman for the body's President said today.

Visiting firemen involved in rescue efforts, Annan offers solidarity and support

In the wake of last Tuesday's terrorist attack which has left hundreds of New York City fire fighters missing after they rushed to the scene to save victims, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today visited a firehouse located near the United Nations to convey his condolences and express admiration for their courage.

Progress in nuclear disarmament more urgent following terror attacks: Annan

Recent terrorist attacks against the United States heighten the need to cut the world's nuclear arsenals, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today in a message to the General Conference of the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

UN staff from across globe join in one voice of solidarity with terror victims

United Nations staff from across the globe, many wearing the traditional attire of their home countries, packed the General Assembly Hall in New York at a solemn ceremony their union had called to show solidarity with the Government and people of the United States and to extend sympathy to those affected by Tuesday's terrorist attacks.

Postponed by terrorist attack, 'peace bell' ceremony held at UN Headquarters

Three days after its traditional date - the second Tuesday of September marked as the International Day of Peace -- the annual ringing of the Peace Bell was held today at United Nations Headquarters in New York in a sombre expression of solidarity with the victims of this week's devastating terrorist attacks against the United States.

Conflict, AIDS, poverty are main obstacles to children's rights: UNICEF report

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) today released its State of the World's Children 2002 report, which identifies conflict, HIV/AIDS and poverty as the main obstacles on the road to ensuring children's rights.

UN staff, officials mourn terror attacks against US

Over 2,000 staff from the United Nations office at Vienna today observed a moment of silence for the victims of Tuesday's terrorist attacks against the United States.