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UN hands over police duties and public broadcasting services to East Timor

As the United Nations today handed over key police duties and public broadcasting services to the authorities in East Timor, UN officials hailed these steps as evidence of progress in the world’s newest country.

Effort under way to safeguard Afghanistan's cultural heritage, UNESCO says

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has announced plans to coordinate an international effort aimed at safeguarding Afghanistan's cultural heritage.

At Bali talks, negotiators hammer out text for adoption at Johannesburg summit

Negotiators meeting in Bali, Indonesia, today reported progress in their efforts to hammer out draft final documents for adoption by the World Summit for Sustainable Development, which will convene this August in Johannesburg.

UN reports progress in talks on World Summit for Sustainable Development

Negotiators are finalizing documents that are expected to be endorsed by the upcoming World Summit on Sustainable Development, according to a UN official attending the preparatory session in Bali, Indonesia.

Returns of Afghan refugees exceed expectations, UNHCR reports

More than 800,000 people have returned to Afghanistan since 1 March in what has become the largest and fastest refugee return since Kosovo in 1999, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced today.

Top UN anti-crime official reports progress in drug control efforts in Afghanistan

The United Nations is taking a comprehensive approach to halting the cultivation and production of narcotics in Afghanistan, the new Executive Director of the UN Office For Drug Control And Crime Prevention (ODCCP) said today in Vienna.

Talks continue in Bali to prepare for World Summit on Sustainable Development

Negotiators meeting in Bali, Indonesia, in a final round of preparations for the upcoming World Summit on Sustainable Development continued talks today in an effort to iron out differences over a number of unresolved matters.

UN concerned over killings in Afghanistan as key political milestones approach

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) today voiced concern over a spate of recent murders carried out as the country was entering a critical phase of its political transition.

Last round of talks opens ahead of World Summit for Sustainable Development

Several thousand participants have gathered in Bali, Indonesia, for the final preparatory session laying the groundwork for the upcoming World Summit on Sustainable Development.

UNHCR welcomes Pakistan’s response to reports of abuse of Afghan asylum

The United Nations refugee agency today welcomed the Pakistani Government's quick response to reports that Afghan asylum seekers in the capital, Islamabad, and neighbouring areas have been suffering police harassment and other forms of discrimination.