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Afghanistan: UN envoy welcomes launch of code of conduct governing civic groups

The top United Nations official in Afghanistan today congratulated civic groups there for launching a Code of Conduct governing their work and said it would pave the way for improved efforts to rebuild the war-ravaged country.

Secretary-General condemns bombing in Pakistan’s capital

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan strongly condemned today what he called a senseless terrorist bombing at a shrine in Islamabad, Pakistan, that reportedly killed at least 20 people and injured many more.

UN special envoy for tsunami visits affected areas in India

The United Nations Special Envoy for tsunami recovery Bill Clinton today visited two sites in southern India which were struck especially hard by December’s tsunami.

Reduced funding may force UN agency to stop work in DPR of Korea

With donations to its emergency fund for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) having fallen off, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today said it would have to stop distributing rations to nearly 4 million people over the next two months.

UN-sponsored forum calls for more transparent, participatory governance

A United Nations-backed forum today wrapped up its meeting in the Republic of Korea by adopting a declaration calling on world governments to implement measures to increase civic participation in and the transparency of their operations.

Montagnard returnees to Viet Nam preparing for ‘normal life’– UN

After a recent three-day monitoring trip to Viet Nam’s central highlands to check on the well-being of Montagnards who had voluntarily returned from Cambodia, the United Nations refugee agency reported that the returnees seem pleased to be “back in the swing” of normal life.

New UN website to track pledges for tsunami relief

Arriving in Geneva to chair a meeting on disaster mitigation, the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator today announced the launch of a "first of its kind" website to track funds pledged to the Indian Ocean tsunami disaster, while urging that more attention be given to the world's neglected humanitarian emergencies.

UN remains concerned over Uzbek refugees staying in camp on Kyrgyzstan border

The United Nations refugee agency today raised concerns about the safety of more than 500 Uzbeks who fled the recent military crackdown in their country to take shelter in a rough camp in neighbouring Kyrgyzstan.

UN-sponsored forum looks at transparency in government

Amid rising concerns about accountability, efficiency and corruption in the age of information technology and decentralized governance, a United Nations-sponsored global forum on "rethinking" government structures and public administration kicked off today in the Republic of Korea.

UNESCO chief condemns assassination of Afghan TV personality

The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has condemned the assassination of a former host of a controversial Afghan television music show.