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Seeking to stave off hunger in Afghanistan, UN agencies speed up food deliveries

United Nations agencies are working to prevent widespread hunger in Afghanistan, where drought and war had severely hampered food production even before the recent military operation, UN officials said today.

DPR of Korea: WHO chief calls for major investments in health sector

After suffering several years of food shortages and a range of health problems, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea needs substantial investments in its health sector, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) said today.

UN official says Afghanistan will need multi-billion dollar recovery effort

Addressing a conference on the reconstruction of Afghanistan held today in Washington, D.C., a senior United Nations official said the country's long-term recovery effort would cost billions of dollars.

Amid reports of surrender, Annan urges Afghan sides to honour international law

Acutely concerned about the safety and well-being of innocent civilians in Afghanistan, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged all parties to respect international humanitarian law.

Senior UN official says Afghan women key to building their country's future

The women of Afghanistan, long victims of armed conflict in their country, have an essential role to play in its future, a senior United Nations official said today.

Progress expected as East Timor, Indonesia meet to discuss border issues, UN mission says

Some 50 officials from East Timor and Indonesia this morning began a three-day meeting aimed at fostering good relations and furthering the normalization of activities along the border between the two countries, the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) said today.

Amid improved security, more UN aid workers return to Afghanistan

Amid improved security, more United Nations international relief staff are returning to Afghanistan to join their local counterparts in assisting millions of people in the war-ravaged and drought-stricken country, UN officials said today.

UN 'not directly contacted' about mediating surrender in Kunduz, Afghanistan

The United Nations has not been directly contacted about mediating a surrender in Kunduz, Afghanistan, a spokesman for the world body said today.

Quick action pledged by UN official tapped to lead recovery effort in Afghanistan

The top United Nations development official, who has been just named by Secretary-General Kofi Annan to lead the early recovery effort in Afghanistan, pledged today to take quick action in responding to the challenges facing the country.

Probe into illegal executions in Afghanistan urged by UN human rights expert

Reacting to reports of innocent civilians being killed in Afghanistan, a United Nations human rights expert has called for the investigation of these crimes and the prosecution of those responsible.