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UN envoy urges international support for East Timor’s economic plan

The head of the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) today called on a meeting of donor countries and multilateral agencies to support the economic development plan outlined by the soon-to-be independent territory's leaders.

Annan condemns deadly terrorist bus attack in Kashmir

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today denounced an attack in Kashmir on a bus carrying family members of army personnel, which left more than 30 people dead, and called for all sides to exercise “the utmost restraint” and to resolve their differences through peaceful means.

Team of climbers to investigate Himalayan environment, UN announces

A team of expert climbers is on its way to the Himalayas to gather first-hand accounts from monks, local people and other travelers on the state of the environment of the world's most famous mountain range, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) announced today.

East Timor well prepared for statehood, head of UN mission says in farewell address

With just 10 days to go before East Timor's independence, the head of the United Nations Transitional Administration today said the soon-to-be new nation was well prepared to find its own way in the world and reminded its leaders that with statehood came great responsibility in the community of nations.

Locusts threaten Afghan wheat harvest; FAO acts to protect the crop

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today it was mobilizing a major campaign to combat what may be the worst locust outbreak to hit Afghanistan in 30 years.

UN, East Timorese officials open customs post at West Timor border

United Nations and East Timorese officials today opened a new customs post at the border with West Timor, Indonesia, a further step in the normalization of relations between the fledgling nation and its neighbour.

Afghanistan: Brahimi, German Chancellor discuss latest developments

The top United Nations envoy for Afghanistan, Lakhdar Brahimi, met today in Kabul with visiting German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder to review the latest developments in the country.

UN environment agency, Chinese university set up institute on sustainable development

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Shanghai's Tongji University will establish a joint institute to develop educational programmes and provide monitoring in support of sustainable development, UNEP announced today.

More than 80 nations accept UN invitation to attend East Timor independence ceremony

More than 80 countries have so far accepted invitations from United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan to be on hand for independence ceremonies later this month in East Timor as the territory prepares to become the first new nation of the new millennium.

Many Afghans returning home with 'next to nothing,' top UN refugee official warns

While welcoming the return home of more than half a million Afghans over the past few weeks, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Ruud Lubbers, warned today that more must be done inside the war- and drought-ravaged country to ensure the sustainability of the repatriation effort.