A group promoting the inclusion of gender issues into East Timor's constitution today turned over its report on women's rights to the head of the United Nations Transitional Administration in the territory (UNTAET).
Warning of the possibility of a humanitarian crisis "of stunning proportions" in Afghanistan, United Nations relief agencies today appealed to the world community to provide assistance to the fragile country, and to keep in mind basic tenets of international law in addressing the problem of terrorism.
The Taliban authorities have sealed off United Nations offices in Afghanistan, causing the disruption - and in some cases stoppage - of aid activities in some parts of the war-torn and drought-stricken country, UN officials said today.
The newly formed all-Timorese Council of Ministers - which replaces the East Timor Transitional Cabinet - held its first formal meeting today, marking another step on East Timor's path toward full independence, the United Nations Transitional Administration in the territory (UNTAET) said in a statement.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today announced plans to mount a massive relief operation for any Afghans fleeing their homeland, as UN agencies gear up to deal with the growing humanitarian disaster inside Afghanistan.
The world must tackle international terrorism as well as the forces of poverty, environmental degradation and hatred that give birth to intolerance and can lead to fundamentalism and terrorist acts, the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said today.
A special panel setting up East Timor's truth commission has agreed to hold one position vacant for a pro-autonomy representative, the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) said today.
Secretary-General Kofi Annan has named five experts to a monitoring group set up by the Security Council to ensure that United Nations sanctions against the Taliban are enforced, according to a document released today at UN Headquarters in New York.