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UN mission credits Afghan election authorities for keeping polls on track

With the fraught task of distributing millions of voting slips to thousands of polling stations successfully completed and campaign rallies in full swing, the United Nations mission in Afghanistan today praised the country’s election authorities for staying on schedule with preparations for the upcoming national and regional elections.

Ban sees first-hand impact of climate change in Mongolia

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spent time with a traditional herder community in central Mongolia today as he highlighted the impact of climate change on landlocked countries on the latest leg of his official visit to Asia.

Timorese police assume control of law and order from UN forces in third district

Timorese police forces have taken over law enforcement duties from the United Nations in a third district of the fledgling country, the UN peacekeeping mission reported today as it continues to gradually hand over responsibility to local officers.

UN health agency joins relief efforts after deadly floods strike Mongolia

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) is helping Mongolian authorities respond to flash flooding that has killed at least 26 people, damaged infrastructure and raised the risk of outbreaks of infectious diseases.

Local governments have critical role to play in fight against climate change – Ban

National and local governments must work more closely together in tackling climate change if the world is going to mount an effective response to the problem, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today as his continued to spotlight green issues during his official visit to China.

Ban urges China to serve as model for combating impact of climate change

China can act as a model for developing countries and the wider world by investing in environmentally friendly growth and prioritizing the creation of cleaner energy, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, urging the leaders of the planet’s most populous nation to “serve as the vanguard of tomorrow’s economy.”

UN-backed meeting examines recession’s impact on Pacific island nations

With the effects of the current global economic turmoil being felt acutely in Pacific island nations, social policies placing an emphasis on dialogue, community ownership and human rights are essential to mitigate the impact of the crisis, participants at a United Nations-backed gathering have concluded.

Philippine singing group named Artist for Peace by UNESCO

The award-winning Philippine Madrigal Singers have been selected as the newest Artist for Peace by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the agency announced today.

Nepal’s peace process is stagnating, top UN envoy warns

The peace process in Nepal has stagnated, the top United Nations envoy to the South Asian nation said today, as the Security Council extended the world body’s mission there for an additional six months.

Nearly 400,000 displaced Pakistanis returning home, says UN official

Almost 400,000 people, out of the more than 2 million who escaped Government-militant clashes in northwest Pakistan, have now returned to their homes, the top United Nations relief official in the country announced today.