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UN agency helps refurbish Afghan maternity hospital

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).

Rebuilding Afghanistan requires reform of key ministries, UN envoy says

Afghanistan must improve the functioning of key security structures in order to restore long-sought stability, Lakhdar Brahimi, the senior United Nations envoy there, said this weekend.

UN agency sending expert to China to investigate role of animals in SARS spread

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).

Afghanistan: UN official calls for doubling international aid for reconstruction

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.

UN atomic watchdog chief seeks additional nuclear safeguards from Iran

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.

UNESCO Chief visits Indonesia, India and Timor-Leste

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.

UN human rights official urges Uzbekistan not to execute detainees

The senior United Nations human rights official has called on the government of Uzbekistan not to execute detainees who have appealed their convictions to the UN Human Rights Committee.

Afghan security commission negotiates ceasefire among rival factions – UN

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.

UN agency works to help refugees stranded on Afghan-Pakistani border

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.

Afghanistan: UN helps broker truce between factions but new skirmish erupts

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.