United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made a surprise visit to Afghanistan today, meeting with top officials there ahead of a planned conference on the country he will attend early next month in Rome.
The United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is helping Central Asian countries to take steps toward securing millions of tonnes of uranium tailings – a potential source of radioactive and heavy metal pollution – in abandoned sites.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is rushing emergency supplies – including tents food, medicine, hygiene supplies and equipment – to people hit by heavy rains in the western Pakistani province of Balochistan.
United Nations Security Council members today expressed their full support for the Timor-Leste parliamentary elections to be held tomorrow and called on the country’s people to ensure that the polls are free, fair and peaceful.
Wrapping up a five-day official visit to Myanmar, the United Nations envoy for children and armed conflict today its Government has agreed to name an official to deal with the plight of the country’s young in cooperation with the UN.
The UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) today reported that the distribution of ballot papers for this weekend’s parliamentary elections has begun in both the capital Dili and the main towns of the country’s 13 districts.
As political campaigning concluded throughout Timor-Leste today, the senior United Nations envoy to the nascent country commended all political parties and the Timorese people for the largely peaceful manner in which the process was conducted.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today pledged to support national efforts to provide emergency assistance to survivors of recent storms across South Asia, which have resulted in several hundred deaths in India and Pakistan.