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Afghanistan: $1.18 billion still needed for recovery aid in 2002, UN says

To meet Afghanistan's immediate needs during a crucial transitional period, the United Nations today said that $1.18 billion was still required for the humanitarian and recovery assistance to the country in 2002.

High levels of opium cultivation continue in Afghanistan, UN survey finds

Afghanistan’s opium cultivation – which had dropped sharply in 2001 – is back up to a “relatively high level” throughout the country, according to the results of a survey released today by the United Nations Drug Control Programme (UNDCP).

East Timor, Indonesia to begin survey to demarcate common land borders, UN says

East Timor and Indonesia will begin a 10-day joint survey next month to demarcate their common land borders, the United Nations Transitional Administration (UNTAET) said today.

UN food agency urges aid to ‘forgotten victims’ of strife in Sri Lanka

As Sri Lanka enters a critical juncture of its peace process aimed at ending 18 years of internal strife, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today urged international support to alleviate the plight of some 77,000 hungry people in the country.

Security in Afghanistan key to success of political process, Security Council told

The outcome of the months-long effort to establish a stable and democratic Government in Afghanistan hinges on how well the country – with foreign support – can respond to threats to stability, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council today.

Top UN emergency relief official holds talks in Kandahar

The United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator, Kenzo Oshima, today visited Kandahar - the first time a senior UN official has visited the former Taliban stronghold since the 11 September events.

Deportation of Afghans from Dubai opposed by UN refugee agency

Voicing opposition to the forced mass repatriation of Afghans living in Dubai, the United Nations refugee agency today called for a suspension of the practice.

East Timor, Australia and Indonesia hold ‘historic’ trilateral talks

In what has been described as an “historic occasion,” the Governments of Australia and Indonesia today met with authorities from East Timor for the first-ever trilateral talks, as the United Nations Transitional Administration (UNTAET) highlighted the key role of East Timorese officials in representing the territory just three months away from its independence.

Annan welcomes Sri Lanka ceasefire agreement

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed a ceasefire agreement between the Government of Sri Lanka and rebel group the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

FAO plans massive food distribution to Afghan schoolchildren

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced plans to launch a long-term school feeding operation in Afghanistan, where hundreds of thousands of children will benefit from relief aid.