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East Timor group promotes protection of women's rights in constitution: UN mission

A group promoting the inclusion of gender issues into East Timor's constitution today turned over its report on women's rights to the head of the United Nations Transitional Administration in the territory (UNTAET).

In a joint appeal, UN agencies warn of major humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan

Warning of the possibility of a humanitarian crisis "of stunning proportions" in Afghanistan, United Nations relief agencies today appealed to the world community to provide assistance to the fragile country, and to keep in mind basic tenets of international law in addressing the problem of terrorism.

Taliban seal off UN offices in Afghanistan, disrupting aid efforts

The Taliban authorities have sealed off United Nations offices in Afghanistan, causing the disruption - and in some cases stoppage - of aid activities in some parts of the war-torn and drought-stricken country, UN officials said today.

East Timor: newly formed Council of Ministers holds first formal meeting

The newly formed all-Timorese Council of Ministers - which replaces the East Timor Transitional Cabinet - held its first formal meeting today, marking another step on East Timor's path toward full independence, the United Nations Transitional Administration in the territory (UNTAET) said in a statement.

UN refugee agency prepares to screen Afghans camped inside Pakistan's border

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today announced plans to start screening thousands of Afghans currently camped in the desert along the border area just inside Pakistan.

UN agencies prepare for impending humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today announced plans to mount a massive relief operation for any Afghans fleeing their homeland, as UN agencies gear up to deal with the growing humanitarian disaster inside Afghanistan.

UN official urges focus on root causes of civil unrest that can lead to terrorism

The world must tackle international terrorism as well as the forces of poverty, environmental degradation and hatred that give birth to intolerance and can lead to fundamentalism and terrorist acts, the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said today.

East Timor reconciliation committee panel holds first meeting: UN mission

A special panel setting up East Timor's truth commission has agreed to hold one position vacant for a pro-autonomy representative, the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) said today.

East Timor swears in new transitional government: UN mission

Three weeks after its first-ever democratic elections, East Timor today seated a transitional government composed entirely of East Timorese officials, the United Nations mission in the territory said.

Annan names expert group to monitor UN sanctions against Taliban

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has named five experts to a monitoring group set up by the Security Council to ensure that United Nations sanctions against the Taliban are enforced, according to a document released today at UN Headquarters in New York.