The United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, today voiced his distress over the human toll and extensive damage inflicted by an earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter Scale that hit various provinces in the western part of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
The Security Council today welcomed the successful conclusion of the Loya Jirga grand council in Afghanistan and the inauguration of President Hamid Karzai as the head of the country's new transitional administration.
As the United Kingdom handed over its command of a multinational force for Afghanistan to Turkey today, a United Nations official in Kabul stressed that even with the improved security situation nationwide there was no room for complacency.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has honoured Cathay Pacific airlines for raising nearly $5 million over the past decade by encouraging its passengers to donate their unused foreign currency to the UN agency.
After electing Hamid Karzai as Head of State for the Transitional Administration and approving proposals for the government's structure and key personnel, Afghanistan's Loya Jirga grand council concluded its work today, having fulfilled the main tasks set out in the United Nations-brokered Bonn Agreement.
Marking the fifth anniversary of the signing of the General Peace Agreement in Tajikistan, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today hailed the parties for their determination to foster a secure environment in the formerly war-wracked country.