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Ahead of Afghan winter, UN agency already pre-positions food aid

Stealing a march on winter, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today it had started pre-positioning food supplies for nearly half a million impoverished Afghans who will be cut off from markets once the cold weather sets in.

Afghanistan: UN appeals for urgent donations to make up election shortfall

Just 10 days after reporting additional funding for Afghanistan’s elections, the United Nations mission said today that no further money had come in and it appealed urgently to donors to make up the nearly $20-million shortfall for holding the September poll.

Granting of citizenship to Tajik refugees in Turkmenistan lauded by UN

The United Nations refugee agency today hailed the decision of the Government of Turkmenistan to grant citizenship to over 10,000 Tajik refugees, most of whom who had fled civil war in their neighbouring Central Asian country between 1992 and 1997.

DPR of Korea: UN appeals for urgent new donations to feed millions of hungry

Warning that its emergency operation feeding 6.5 million particularly vulnerable people in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is severely under-funded, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today appealed urgently for new donations to carry it through until the end of the year.

On tour of Iran’s housing, UN rights official sees improvements and gaps

Despite positive government programmes and continuing improvements in water, electricity, sanitation and roads, good housing in Iran is often not affordable, with ethnic minorities, women and the rural poor often lacking most services, according to a United Nations human rights report released today.

UN atomic watchdog agency meets on Iran’s nuclear programme

The United Nations agency entrusted with curbing the spread of nuclear weapons met today to discuss Iran’s nuclear programme, a day after the major oil producer re-started activities at a uranium conversion plant, with its chief hoping the present problem is “simply a hiccup in the process and not a permanent rupture.”

Annan praises 'spirit of mutual respect' at Korean nuclear talks

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today praised the "spirit of mutual respect" achieved at the fourth round of the six-party talks for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, which took place in Beijing.

As funding for Afghan elections comes in, UN mission sees no threat to polls

The funding shortfall for parliamentary and provincial elections in Afghanistan has shrunk by $12 million over the past week and there is now no threat to the polls with just six weeks to go, the United Nations mission in the strife-torn country reported today.

In Hiroshima, Annan's envoy calls for urgent steps to prevent flood of nuclear weapons

The world could face “a cascade of nuclear proliferation” unless it takes concerted action to prevent nuclear weapons from spreading to other States or falling into the hands of terrorist networks, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan warned today in a message marking the 60th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Top UN food official calls on Myanmar to do more to help its hungry millions

With one out of every three young children in Myanmar chronically malnourished or physically stunted, and 15 per cent of the population of 53 million food-insecure, a senior United Nations official today called on the Government to reform policies impeding humanitarian efforts, including controls on food distribution and access to the most vulnerable.