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As food crisis grips DPR Korea, UN aid chief urges world to not ‘turn our backs’

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) cannot feed its people for the “foreseeable future,” the United Nations relief chief reported today, urging the world to step up humanitarian support and not “turn our backs” on a population where an estimated six million people now depend on food aid.

UN agencies voice concern at impact of South-East Asian floods on children

The massive flooding in South-East Asia has taken a heavy toll on the region’s children, United Nations agencies said today, with over 200 already having lost their lives, many due to drowning, and hundreds of thousands at risk of missing school because of damage to infrastructure.

Natural resource boom in Mongolia an opportunity to alleviate poverty – UN official

The recent economic growth in Mongolia due to a boom in its mining sector represents an opportunity to reduce poverty in the country, the United Nations development chief Helen Clark said, encouraging the Government to implement long-term sustainable policies that will increase prosperity for all of its citizens.

In Cambodia, UN legal chief warns on interference in work of genocide tribunal

The United Nations legal chief today strongly urged the Cambodian Government to refrain from interfering in any way with the judicial process relating to the United Nations-backed tribunal set up to try those accused of the worst crimes under the notorious Khmer Rouge regime in the late 1970s.

Myanmar must release all remaining political prisoners by year’s end – UN expert

Myanmar’s new Government must follow up on its release of 200 political prisoners earlier this month by freeing all remaining such detainees by the end of the year, a United Nations human rights expert said today.

DPR Korea: UN expert warns of dwindling aid while food crisis remains critical

Although the food situation in the Democratic Republic of Korea (DPRK) is critical, international assistance is dwindling, a United Nations human rights expert warned today.

Khmer Rouge leader with dementia may not be able to participate in UN-backed trial

One of the Khmer Rouge regime leaders facing genocide and other war crime charges has been diagnosed with dementia and may not be able to participate in court proceedings, the United Nations-backed tribunal in Cambodia heard today.

New UN facility on sustainable development opens in Republic of Korea

A new United Nations research and training facility designed to help poorer countries pursue sustainable development to accelerate economic growth while improving the quality of life and protecting the environment was inaugurated today in the Republic of Korea.

UN-backed tribunal in Cambodia hears reparations wish list for Khmer Rouge victims

Lawyers representing 4,000 victims of Khmer Rouge atrocities today presented a wish list for reparations to the United Nations-backed tribunal in Cambodia that is trying four former political leaders of the regime accused of crimes against humanity.

General Assembly President voices deep concern at South-East Asian floods

General Assembly President Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser added his voice today to those of other United Nations officials expressing sympathy and concern at the deaths of hundreds of flood victims in Thailand, Cambodia and other South-East Asian countries.