Although Afghanistan has one of the world’s highest maternal mortality rates, mothers and infants in north-west Kabul now have a far better chance of surviving childbirth following the inauguration of a modern hospital rebuilt and refurbished with support from the Government of Italy and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is sending a leading viral disease expert on a three-week mission to China, to help coordinate an international investigation into the role animals might play in spreading the deadly Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
Calling for at least doubling international assistance for Afghanistan, a senior United Nations official said today that international financial commitments were neither large enough nor coming in fast enough to guarantee the war-ravaged country's reconstruction.
The head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog agency today sought to persuade Iran's leaders to allow enhanced inspections of their nuclear programme, including environmental samplings, following the country's failure to disclose certain nuclear material and activities.
The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), is in the midst of a three-nation regional tour, which has included stops in Indonesia, India and Timor-Leste, the agency's 189th and newest Member State.
The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) today reported that a ceasefire has been negotiated in Quland village following deadly clashes there between the Jamiat and Jumbesh factions.
The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has relocated over 3,500 Afghans to new sites inside Pakistan and Afghanistan during the first five days of an effort to clear a makeshift camp where thousands of asylum-seekers had been stranded for over a year.
An Afghan peace committee with United Nations participation has managed to broker a ceasefire between rival factions in northern Afghanistan, but fresh fighting broke out between the two militias in another area last night and a new mediation mission is being planned, a UN spokesman said today.