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Copies of East Timor draft constitution distributed for public feedback, UN reports

More than 25,000 copies of East Timor’s draft constitution have been distributed ahead of territory-wide public consultation on the fledgling country’s legal framework, the United Nations Transitional Administration (UNTAET) said today.

UN reports sharp rise in number of Afghans massed at Pakistani border

The United Nations refugee agency today reported a sharp rise in the number of Afghans – now at 20,000 – who are massed at the Chaman border crossing in Pakistan waiting to be registered.

Women in Afghanistan move to reclaim their rights – new UN report

Following the fall of the Taliban regime, women in Afghanistan have begun to reclaim their rights, according to a new United Nations report which urges international support for measures to promote gender equality in the war-ravaged nation.

UN to host forum for Asia-Pacific States on joining World Trade Organization

Trade officials from across the Asia-Pacific region are gearing up for a United Nations seminar in Bangkok next week on facilitating accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO).

UN’s top human rights official to visit Middle East, Afghanistan, Pakistan

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, will visit the Middle East, Afghanistan and Pakistan in late February and early March, her spokesman announced today.

Afghan interim government tells UN of probe into murder of tourism minister

Afghanistan’s interim government today informed the United Nations that it was launching a probe into the killing of its Air Transport and Tourism minister in an attack at Kabul airport on Thursday.

Annan approves supervisory board for East Timor presidential elections

The United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, has approved the re-establishment of the five-member Board of Commissioners to supervise East Timor’s first-ever presidential elections.

UN food agency teams enter remote parts of Afghanistan to assess needs

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has moved personnel into isolated parts of Afghanistan as part of a three-month effort to assess the country’s food needs, a spokesperson for the agency announced today.

WHO set to survey HIV/AIDS incidence in Afghanistan

Citing lack of reliable information about the level of HIV/AIDS infection in Afghanistan, the United Nations health agency said today it was set to begin a survey of HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases in the country.

East Timor: UN Mission says draft constitution has strong human rights provisions

Provisions to strengthen human rights protections are among several significant changes to the latest draft of East Timor’s first constitution, the UN Transitional Administration in the territory (UNTAET) reported today.