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Japan: UN reports some improvements in ‘still very serious’ nuclear crisis

The United Nations agency that coordinates global nuclear safety today reported “some improvements” in the Japanese nuclear power plant crisis, but warned that the overall situation remains very serious and said it had not received information on certain crucial aspects.

Nuclear emergency response must be upgraded in light of Japanese crisis – UN atomic chief

The international emergency response framework for dealing with nuclear power plant accidents needs to be reassessed and communications improved in light of the current crisis in Japan, the head of the United Nations agency that coordinates global nuclear safety said today.

UN human rights office urges Nepal to end all forms of discrimination

The United Nations human rights office and the national commission on caste-based discrimination in Nepal have urged the Government to fulfil its stated commitment to end all forms of discrimination, saying the problem was widespread and a cause of conflict in the Asian country.

Greater openness needed on nuclear crisis, UN atomic chief tells Japan’s leaders

The head of the United Nations agency that coordinates global nuclear safety told Japanese leaders today that they must provide faster and fuller information about the country’s nuclear reactor crisis amid reported criticism that they have not been as open as they should.

From blankets to satellite phones, UN rushes help to tsunami-stricken Japan

From blankets to emergency communications equipment to technological expertise, United Nations agencies are rushing assistance to Japan to help cope with the multi-front disaster caused by last week’s devastating earthquake, tsunami and nuclear power plant breakdown.

UN ideally placed to help Afghanistan in transition to full sovereignty – top envoy

With its 30 agencies, funds and programmes providing aid in every one of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces, the United Nations stands ready to support the country’s assumption of the lead role in all aspects of governance, development, and efforts to achieve peace, a senior UN envoy said today.

Japanese nuclear reactor crisis ‘very serious,’ says UN atomic chief on eve of visit

Repeatedly calling the nuclear reactor crisis in Japan “very serious,” the head of the United Nations agency that coordinates global nuclear safety announced today that he will make a flying visit to the country to see what further help he can offer.

UN nuclear agency to send team of experts to Japan to help in reactor crisis

The United Nations agency that coordinates global nuclear safety is sending an environmental monitoring team to Japan after the partial meltdown at reactors there, as its chief said today the situation differed from the world’s worst nuclear accident at Chernobyl 25 years ago.

Ban stresses UN support for transition to greater Afghan responsibility

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has recommended that the mandate of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) be extended for another one year, saying the mission will continue to support the transition process agreed between the Government and its international partners.

UN gathering to promote water cooperation in Central Asia kicks off

A United Nations seminar on international water cooperation opened today in Tajikistan as part of an effort to promote dialogue and strengthen cooperation between Central Asian countries over the use of water and energy resources.