Up to 4.5 million people in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) may be deprived of winter rations because a slump in donations will force the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to halt its emergency cereal distribution operation there, the agency warned today.
With the backing of the United Nations, five Central Asian countries have successfully concluded negotiations on a treaty that would make the region a nuclear-weapon-free zone, a UN spokesman announced today in New York.
More than three years after the Timorese people voted to begin the process of independence from Indonesia, the General Assembly today voted to admit the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste as the 191st Member State of the United Nations.
On the tenth anniversary of Mongolia declaring its territory a nuclear-weapon-free zone, the United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, today commended the country for taking steps to define and regulate that status.
With temperatures expected to drop in Afghanistan, the number of people returning home has recently decreased, but since March, over 1.7 million have repatriated, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported today.
With the coming winter adding urgency to Afghanistan's need for homes, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) has begun work reconstructing 3,000 houses in the Shomali area of the country to provide shelter for some 21,000 people.
Security remains the most pressing concern in Afghanistan, the chief United Nations envoy to the country told the Security Council today, warning that chaos could return if the Government is unable to tackle the problem.
Giving their full backing to the efforts of Afghanistan's Transitional Authority, members of the Security Council today appealed to the international community to fulfil financial and material pledges for the reconstruction of the country.