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$25 million needed to save great apes from extinction, UN agencies say

Humankind’s closest living relatives, the great apes, are on the brink of extinction and $25 million is urgently needed to lift the threat, a United Nations sponsored crisis meeting was told today.

UN Mission in Afghanistan assesses staff reduction following deadly attack

The United Nations mission in Afghanistan is assessing a staff reduction in the south, southeast and east of the country following a recent spate of attacks, including the killing of an international staff member, but any such move will be measured against the projects and operations in progress there.

UN environmental agency hails ASEAN fire haze agreement as model for world

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today hailed a Southeast Asian agreement on fire haze pollution coming into force tomorrow as a potential global model for tackling transboundary issues worldwide.

Annan welcomes Pakistan's offer of Kashmir truce and India's positive response

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today "warmly" welcomed Pakistan's decision to implement a unilateral ceasefire along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir, with effect from the Muslim festival of Eid Al-Fitr beginning tomorrow, and India's positive response to the offer.

Asian highway network to spread across continent after landmark deal - UN

The Asian Highway network will be extended across 32 countries over the whole of the continent after delegates to the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) reached a landmark agreement this week.

UN Children’s Fund reports favourable progress in Afghanistan

Since the fall of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan two years ago, much progress has been made for the country’s women and children, including the immunization of 16 million children against measles and 12 million against polio, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported today.

China to host its first ever UN Secretariat office

The first office from the United Nations Secretariat to be established in China is set to open in Beijing later this month following the historic signing in Bangkok today of an agreement with the Chinese Government.

UN de-miners suspend operation in Afghan province after carjacking

The United Nations Mine Action Centre in Afghanistan has become the latest UN agency to suspend operations in the southern province of Ghazni until adequate security measures are put in place after an Afghan driver of a vehicle belonging to a partner agency was hijacked.

UN refugee agency to withdraw 30 staff from Afghan border area after killing

The United Nations refugee agency announced today that it was temporarily suspending assistance to Afghan returnees from Pakistan, withdrawing 30 international staff from the border area and closing reception centres in four provinces following the weekend killing of a staff member.

UN refugee agency grounds road missions in Afghanistan after murder of staffer

The United Nations refugee agency today grounded road missions throughout Afghanistan, suspended activities in the eastern province of Ghazni and launched a review of its operations after the weekend murder of a staff member.