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UNICEF chief congratulates Afghans on birth registration drive

The head of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) today congratulated the Afghan Transitional Government for an "unparalleled success" in registering the births of 775,000 children under the age of one.

Afghanistan: UN refugee agency deplores attacks on aid workers

Responding to a spate of attacks on relief personnel in Afghanistan, the United Nations refugee agency today condemned the trend while vowing to continue its work on behalf of the country's beleaguered people.

UNICEF opens rehabilitation centres for child soldiers in Sri Lanka

The first few dozen Sri Lankan child soldiers released by the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have been placed in a transit centre that was formally opened today by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), in the first stage of a new programme to prepare them for civilian life and reunite them with their families.

UNICEF hails entry of 1 million Afghan girls to school

More than 1 million girls in Afghanistan have entered schools since the fall of the Taliban, which banned their attendance, in “a testament to the courage and wisdom of the Afghan people, and the generosity of the international community,” the United Nations children’s agency said today.

Myanmar: Annan's envoy urges release of democracy leader

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Special Envoy for Myanmar has urged its government to release detained democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and other officials of her party, a UN spokesman said today.

Myanmar: UN envoy meets with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Special Envoy to Myanmar met today with that nation's detained democracy leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, a United Nations spokesman confirmed.