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UN expert reports progress on human rights in Iran, but says problems remain

Iran has achieved progress in the area of human rights, but discrimination, suppression of dissent and other problems persist, according to a report by a United Nations expert released today at UN Headquarters in New York.

Annan urges global effort to fight terror, calls attention to needs of Afghan people

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today repeated his call for a broad coalition of United Nations Member States dedicated to fighting terrorism.

Up to 7.5 million Afghans will need outside aid if crisis worsens, UN reports

United Nations relief officials today said that UN agencies were planning to seek emergency funds to help stem a worsening crisis in Afghanistan, where millions of people depend on aid to survive.

UN refugee agency seeks over $250 million for looming crisis in Afghanistan

Preparing for a large-scale humanitarian emergency in and around Afghanistan, the United Nations refugee agency today said it needed $252 million to respond to the needs of those affected by the crisis.

Pakistan prepared to shelter inflow of Afghans, UNHCR says

The authorities in Pakistan have announced that its borders will remain closed to Afghans without proper travel documents, but those who manage to cross illegally will be assisted in camps, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

UN refugee agency pays tribute to slain humanitarian relief workers

Honouring colleagues who have lost their lives while carrying out their work, the staff of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today called for more international efforts to ensure the safety and security of humanitarian personnel and the millions of people they help around the world.

Annan issues plea to help avoid potential humanitarian disaster in Afghanistan

Backing a recent statement issued by the heads of United Nations relief agencies, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged the world community to help ward off a potential humanitarian disaster involving civilians and refugees from Afghanistan.

UNHCR continues preparations for massive exodus of Afghans to neighbouring countries

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today said it was continuing preparations for a massive exodus of Afghans into neighbouring countries, having received nearly $7 million in pledges to help those nations cope with the expected influx.

As Afghanistan's humanitarian crisis deepens, UN relief official urges more aid

Underscoring the urgent need for aid to the beleaguered people of drought-stricken, war-torn Afghanistan, the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator today stressed that any anti-terrorism actions must take account of humanitarian concerns.

UN agency to resume food shipments to Afghanistan

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today said it would resume badly needed food aid shipments to Afghanistan suspended in the wake of the 11 September attacks against the United States.