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New UN-Afghan pact will help curb recruitment, sexual abuse of children – UN

A new agreement between Afghanistan and the United Nations holds out the hope of ending the recruitment of children by armed forces and curbing the sexual abuse of young boys by powerful commanders, particularly in the national police, a top UN official said today.

Asian countries dominate global export of information technology goods – UN

More than a third of the world’s information and communications technology (ICT) exports now originate from mainland China and its special administrative region of Hong Kong, a United Nations agency reported today, citing data that also shows that Asia accounted for 66.3 per cent of global ICT exports in 2009.

Ban cites continuing need for UN police support for Timor-Leste

While the Timorese national police are resuming primary policing responsibilities in more districts of the country, there is a continued need for a United Nations police presence to support the fledgling institution, says Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Sri Lanka: UN, partners launch scheme to rebuild lives of thousands of war victims

The United Nations, its humanitarian partners and the Sri Lankan Government launched a joint programme today to help hundreds of thousands of people in the north of the Indian Ocean island recover and rebuild their lives after the end of the decades-long war with Tamil separatists.