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East Timor: Assembly approves structure of draft constitution

East Timor’s Constituent Assembly today approved the overall structure of the nation’s first draft Constitution, with debate on the draft’s 151 articles scheduled to begin early next week, the United Nations Transitional Administration reported from the capital, Dili.

Afghan children must get priority attention in recovery effort, UNICEF chief says

The reconstruction of Afghanistan will only succeed if proper attention is given to the needs of the country's children, the Executive Director of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said today in Islamabad.

Fiji elections 'credible' but more work needed to restore democracy: UN

The August/September elections in Fiji were credible, but more work needs to be done to restore constitutional democracy in the country, according to a just-released United Nations report.

At UN-sponsored talks, Afghan parties agree on basics of power-sharing

Four Afghan factions meeting at United Nations-sponsored talks in Germany have reached agreement on basic principles for power-sharing, but many details - including the names of those who will participate in that arrangement - still need to be worked out, UN officials said today.

No evidence of child labour in Cambodian garment factories, UN reports

The United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) said today that its initial probe of working conditions in Cambodian garment factories found no evidence of child labour, forced labour or sexual harassment, but did reveal some problems related to over-time payments, hours of work and anti-union discrimination.

On Staff Day, Annan says UN will be judged by its performance in Afghanistan

Lauding the dedication of United Nations staff worldwide, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today said that given the UN's key role in Afghanistan, the Organization would be measured by its work in that country.

Asia-Pacific nations adopt platform for UN summit on sustainable development

Following high-level talks in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh, delegates from around Asia and the Pacific today adopted a regional platform statement on sustainable development that will feed into the global preparatory process for next year’s United Nations summit on this issue.

East Timor's Assembly receives first draft of constitution: UN mission

The 88 members of East Timor's Constituent Assembly received today draft copies of the nation's first constitution for consideration and debate, the United Nations mission reported from the capital, Dili.

UN reports Afghan sides moving closer to agreement at Bonn talks

As United Nations-sponsored talks among Afghan representatives entered their third day in Petersberg, Germany, UN officials reported that the sides were getting closer - but had not yet reached - an agreement on future power-sharing arrangements.

Military developments 'fundamentally' alter aid effort in Afghanistan: UN official

The rapidly changing military developments in Afghanistan have "fundamentally changed" the conditions for the delivery of assistance into the war-ravaged and drought-stricken country, a senior United Nations relief official said today.