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UN envoy travels to Oslo for conference to raise funds for Afghanistan recovery efforts

The senior United Nations envoy in Afghanistan is travelling to Oslo for the start tomorrow of a pledging conference that aims to raise funds for ongoing humanitarian priorities as well as recovery and reconstruction efforts in the country.

With UN support, Afghanistan kicks off anti-polio drive

In a bid to eradicate polio from Afghanistan, United Nations agencies today teamed up with the country's health officials to launch a new round of national immunization days.

7 arrested for last week’s violence in Timor-Leste – UN mission

United Nations police have arrested seven suspects in the burning of the house of Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri during the violence that erupted last week in Timor-Leste, the UN mission in the country announced today.

DPR of Korea: Annan voices concern over decision to lift freeze on nuclear facilities

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today voiced concern about the recent decision by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to lift the freeze on its nuclear facilities maintained under the 1994 Agreed Framework with the United States, and to resume the operation and construction of nuclear facilities to generate electricity.

Insecurity remains biggest threat to Afghanistan's peace process, UN official reports

Despite significant progress in Afghanistan's peace process, insecurity remains the biggest threat to the country's future, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council today.

UN helps vaccinate livestock, fight rabies threat in Afghanistan

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today announced that a national vaccination campaign targeting more than 5 million farm animals is going on in Afghanistan, and that it was also supporting the fight against rabies in major cities to protect people from the fatal disease.

Top UN anti-drug official to attend Central Asia meeting on regional cooperation

The top United Nations anti-drug official is set to travel for the first time to Central Asia, where he is scheduled to attend a two-day meeting on sub-regional drug control cooperation.

As cold weather grips Afghanistan, UN reviews winter preparedness programme

With cold weather tightening its grip on Afghanistan, a United Nations envoy said today the world body is undertaking a quick review of its winter support programme for the country to see if there is a need to increase support in the coming months.

DPR of Korea informs IAEA of intent to lift 'freeze' on nuclear power plants

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) today told the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that it planned to "lift the freeze" on its nuclear facilities to generate power, the Agency said Thursday.

UN rights expert salutes Timor Leste's adoption of migrant workers' treaty

A United Nations human rights expert today hailed the adoption by Timor-Leste of a global treaty protecting migrant workers and their families, a move that gave the accord the force of international law.