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Annan urges expanded international contribution to security in Afghanistan

With sporadic factional violence persisting in Afghanistan, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has urged the expansion of the international security presence in the country as it emerges from decades of war.

United Nations Children’s Fund condemns bombing of Afghan schools

Condemning recent attacks on several schools Afghanistan, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today said the violence would not suppress the desire for education in the country.

Security remains pressing concern in Afghanistan, UN envoy tells Council

With sporadic fighting continuing across parts of Afghanistan, instability remains a priority concern in the country, Lakhdar Brahimi, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, told the Security Council today.

UNICEF calls for demobilization and reintegration of child soldiers

With up to one quarter of the world’s estimated 300,000 child soldiers serving in the East Asia and Pacific region, the Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today in Bangkok called for new and concerted efforts to demobilize and assist young conscripts.

UN human rights expert urges Myanmar to allow credible probe of alleged abuses

Wrapping up a 10-day fact-finding mission to Myanmar, a United Nations expert today urged the country’s authorities to allow a credible investigation of allegations that the military and armed groups committed widespread human rights violations in ethnic minority areas.

Over 6 million people in DPR of Korea will need outside food aid to survive, UN reports

While the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) can expect better crop yields this season, about 6.4 million people in the country will still require outside food assistance to survive in the coming year, two United Nations agencies reported today.

UN-backed meeting adopts action plan to help disabled persons in Asia, Pacific

Concluding the Asian and Pacific Decade of Disabled People, a United Nations-backed meeting held in Japan today adopted a wide-ranging regional framework for action to integrate the concerns of disabled persons into development programmes.

Illegal opium production in Afghanistan remains high, UN reports

Afghanistan remains a key producer of the world’s opium, with 90 per cent of cultivation concentrated in just five provinces, the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime (ODC) said in its annual opium survey for the country released today.

New group added to Security Council list of Al-Qaida operatives under UN sanctions

A Security Council committee today added a new entity to the United Nations list of those subject to sanctions against Al-Qaida and Taliban operatives.

Solomon Islands: UN team seeking ways to help Government cut ethnic tension

A United Nations team today wrapped up a weeklong visit to the Solomon Islands aimed at helping the country’s government reduce ethnic tension and stop ongoing violence.