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Afghanistan’s security obstacles ‘interconnected,’ Ban says

Drug trafficking, organized crime and terrorism are among the “interconnected” security challenges Afghanistan faces, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, calling on the international community to continue supporting the South Asian nation’s efforts to move towards a better future.

Princess Haya of Jordan calls on donors to support UN relief efforts in Pakistan

Characterizing the ongoing crisis in north-west Pakistan as the largest humanitarian emergency in the world today, United Nations Messenger of Peace Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein of Jordan has called for a massive international response to aid the hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people forced to live in makeshift shelters.

Attack on Afghan aid workers prompts UN call for better security

The acting United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Afghanistan, Tekeste Tekie, today called for better security for aid workers, after three national staff of a local non-governmental organization (NGO) were killed when the vehicle they were travelling in was destroyed by a roadside bomb.

Co-Prosecutor of UN-backed tribunal trying Khmer Rouge leaders steps down

The international Co-Prosecutor of the United Nations-backed tribunal in Cambodia trying Khmer Rouge leaders accused of mass killings and other crimes three decades ago announced his resignation today.

Greater donor help needed to assist displaced Pakistanis – UN envoy

A top United Nations humanitarian envoy wrapped up a two-day visit to north-west Pakistan today, calling on donors to step up their assistance to help the millions of people who have been uprooted from their homes by fighting between Government forces and militants.

Secretary-General to visit Japan later this month

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is planning to travel later this month to Japan, where he will meet with senior Government officials, business leaders and students, it was announced today.

Independent probe into Bhutto killing to begin work on 1 July, UN announces

The independent commission tasked with looking into the facts and circumstances surrounding the 2007 assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto will begin its work on 1 July, the United Nations announced today.

Security Council reaffirms support for UN’s diplomatic efforts in Central Asia

The Security Council today reaffirmed its support for the efforts of the United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia to facilitate dialogue and assist the Governments of the region in addressing the multiple challenges they face.

All Afghans must have say in peace process, says top UN envoy

The top United Nations envoy to Afghanistan today called for an inclusive and “Afghan-owned” peace process to silence weapons and allow for reconciliation and rebuilding in the South Asian nation.

Sri Lanka fighting over, but much work remains, says Ban

The Sri Lankan Government last month declared that its military operation against Tamil rebels has ended, but there remain a number of outstanding issues that if left unaddressed could lead more violence, stated Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.