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Security Council expresses deep concern at humanitarian situation in Afghanistan

Deeply concerned at the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan, the United Nations Security Council tonight expressed appreciation for the relief aid offered by many countries.

Military action in Afghanistan set in context of Security Council's anti-terror stance - Annan

The States carrying out their military action in Afghanistan have set it in the context of the determination expressed by the Security Council immediately after the 11 September attacks to use all means to combat threats to international peace and security caused by terror acts, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today.

Afghanistan: UN official pledges stepped-up relief drive when conditions permit

The United Nations will intensify its humanitarian relief work in Afghanistan as soon as conditions allow, a senior UN official said today.

UN offices in Pakistan attacked following air strikes against Afghanistan

Following the air strikes against Afghanistan, United Nations offices in Pakistan have been attacked by angry demonstrators but no personnel were injured, UN officials said today.

Level of human development in Afghanistan among lowest in world: UN figures

With an average life expectancy of about 40 years and a staggering mortality rate of nearly 26 per cent for children under five years of age, Afghanistan ranks among the most destitute, war-weary countries in the world, according to figures released today by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Terror attacks on US will hurt Asia-Pacific anti-poverty drive, UN official says

The recent terrorist attacks against the United States will cause an economic downturn in Asia and the Pacific, complicating efforts to eradicate poverty there, according to a senior United Nations official in the region.

Support for relief effort in Afghanistan 'nothing short of amazing' - UN official

As winter's approach heightens the need to assist the beleaguered people of Afghanistan, United Nations officials today said there had been a groundswell of support for the relief effort from governments and individuals alike.

Afghanistan: UN envoy travels to Geneva for meetings on political, relief aid issues

The Secretary-General's Special Representative for Afghanistan travelled to Geneva to attend two meetings on Afghanistan - one humanitarian, the other political - taking place over the next few days.

In race against time, UN refugee agency gears up for possible exodus of Afghans

The United Nations refugee agency said today it was in a race against time as it was using the period of relative calm to gear up, together with its partners, for a possible exodus of large numbers of Afghans into neighbouring countries.

Afghanistan: UN food agency chief appeals for donor generosity to save lives

The head of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today appealed to the international community to respond generously to the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan as well as the surrounding countries, warning the situation could worsen with the onset of winter.