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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.