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Five million Pakistanis still need help in wake of floods, UN agencies say

More than five million Pakistanis are now estimated to require humanitarian assistance as a result of this year’s floods, and almost half of those in need are children, United Nations aid agencies reported today.

UN rights chief says Maldives must take further steps on path to democracy

The Maldives has made "significant advances" during the first few years of its transition to democracy, but a large gap still exists between the rhetoric and the reality on the ground, the United Nations human rights chief said today.

Afghanistan has ‘long way to go’ in protecting women from violence – UN report

There is a long way to go before the rights of Afghan women are fully protected, says a United Nations report released today, noting that the Government has not yet succeeded in applying a two-year-old landmark law to the vast majority of cases of violence against women.

Philippines: UN relief official concerned over plight of displaced in Mindanao

A senior United Nations relief official today voiced concern over the plight of hundreds of thousands of people uprooted from their homes by conflict in the island of Mindanao in the Philippines, saying that many are also enduring the effects of natural disasters, including floods.

Central Asian States boost UN-backed efforts to help endangered species

Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan agreed today at a United Nations wildlife conference to step up their efforts to protect endangered species in their region, such as the Bukhara deer, the Bactrian camel and the Asiatic wild ass.

UN chief to take part in aid effectiveness forum in Republic of Korea next week

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will depart on Monday for Busan, Republic of Korea, where he will participate in a high-level forum on aid effectiveness, as well as pay tribute to those who lost their lives during the Korean War.

Former Cambodian head of State denies responsibility at UN-backed war crimes trial

A former Cambodian head of State during the rule of the notorious Khmer Rouge in the late 1970s told a United Nations-backed war crimes tribunal today that the genocide trial he is facing is based on guesses, generalizations and bias.

Chinese storytelling tradition placed on UN list of intangible heritage in danger

A form of verse and prose storytelling from north-eastern China that has only five remaining masters was today placed on a United Nations List of Intangible Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding.

Ban selects experienced diplomat as next envoy to Afghanistan

A senior United Nations official and former Slovakian foreign minister will be the next UN envoy to Afghanistan, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today.

Timor-Leste making progress implementing disaster response measures, UN official says

A top United Nations official today praised Timor-Leste’s efforts to respond more effectively to natural disasters and encouraged the country’s authorities to support more communities to ensure that vulnerable regions are better protection.