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Opium cultivation in Afghanistan to decline despite high prices – UN

Poppy cultivation in Afghanistan is expected to decline slightly this year despite the current high prices of opium, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said today, basing the information on a qualitative assessment of farmers’ intentions in the Asian country.

Afghanistan signs pact with UN to prevent recruitment of child soldiers

The United Nations and the Government of Afghanistan today signed an agreement in which the country made a commitment to protect children affected by armed conflict and to prevent the recruitment of minors into the national armed forces.

Independent UN expert urges DPR Korea to resolve abduction of Japanese citizens

An independent United Nations human rights expert today urged authorities in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to resolve the issue of abducted Japanese citizens, saying the long-standing kidnappings were a matter of concern to the international community.

UN condemns deadly attack on Kabul supermarket

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has condemned an attack on a supermarket in the centre of Kabul today, which has reportedly killed at least six civilians, including a child.

Pakistan: UNICEF voices concern over malnutrition crisis in flood-affected Sindh

High levels of malnutrition among children in communities affected by last year’s massive floods in Pakistan’s Sindh province remain one of the most challenging humanitarian problems six months since the disaster first hit the Asian country, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today.

Transport union partners with UN to de-mine Afghan roads

Landmines and explosive remnants of war continue to put thousands of communities in Afghanistan at risk of death or injury, but the problem can be solved with adequate funding of the de-mining effort, a senior United Nations official said today, lauding the world body’s partnership with global transport workers to make the country’s roads safer.

Asian nations on alert after livestock disease outbreak in Republic of Korea – UN

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today notified veterinary and border authorities in Asia of a major outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in the Republic of Korea, urging them to be on the look-out for livestock showing signs of infection by the highly contagious animal disease.

More funds required for Myanmar cyclone response, UN agencies stress

Three months after Cyclone Giri struck Myanmar, key challenges such as inadequate shelter, food insecurity and lack of livelihoods remain, United Nations humanitarian agencies and their partners said today, calling for additional assistance to support early recovery efforts.

UN urges quick disbursement of funds to help Pakistan recover from floods

Six months since the onset of last year's devastating floods in Pakistan, the humanitarian community there is urging adequate and timely resources to respond to early recovery needs, the United Nations said today.

Top UN officials welcome inauguration of new Afghan parliament

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his top envoy for Afghanistan have welcomed the inauguration earlier today of the country’s new Parliament, which comes four months after the 18 September elections for the Wolesi Jirga, or lower house.