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Preparations for Afghan presidential run-off in full swing, UN mission reports

Ballot papers have been printed and delivered, polling stations kits have been packed and distribution began today as preparations got under way for the second round of voting in Afghanistan’s presidential election, the United Nations mission there reported.

Myanmar: UN expert urges release of all political prisoners before elections

An independent United Nations expert has called on Myanmar’s Government to release all political prisoners before the national elections planned for 2010 so that the polls can be as inclusive as possible.

UN expert spotlights ‘abysmal’ human rights situation in DPR Korea

The human rights situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) remains “abysmal” as a result of the repressive nature of the ruling regime, the independent United Nations expert monitoring the situation in the East Asian nation said in his latest report submitted today.

UN-backed vaccination scheme in Tajikistan achieves almost universal success

Nearly every Tajik child between the ages of one and 14 received vaccinations against measles and rubella during a two-week, United Nations-backed campaign this month to fight the spread of the diseases in the mountainous Central Asian country.

UN anti-crime chief calls for scaled-up resistance against Afghan drugs trafficking

The United Nations drug and crime tsar today called for intensified efforts to combat the devastating global impact of Afghanistan’s multi-billion dollar opium trade, fuelling addiction, the spread of HIV, a rise in criminal activity, as well as insurgencies and terrorism.

Head of UN food programme pledges full support to storm survivors in the Philippines

The head of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today pledged the agency’s full support to the Government and people of the Philippines as they seek to deal with the effects of the violent storms that devastated parts of the country last month.

Laos: UN and partners launch $10 million appeal for flood victims

The United Nations and its humanitarian partners today launched a flash appeal for $10 million to provide six months of aid to nearly 180,000 typhoon victims in some of the poorest regions of Laos.

Humanitarian access key challenge for UN agencies assisting Pakistanis

As civilians continue to flee South Waziristan amid Pakistani military operations against insurgents, the United Nations refugee agency is stressing the need to ensure that assistance can reach the displaced.

UN will do utmost to ensure credible Afghan presidential run-off – Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today pledged the full support of the United Nations to ensure that Afghanistan’s presidential election run-off is as credible as possible and welcomed President Hamid Karzai’s acceptance of a second round of voting.

Top UN official to survey food aid operation in storm-battered Philippines

The head of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) begins a three-day visit to the Philippines tomorrow to get a first-hand look at the impact of the devastating floods that have affected more than seven million people.