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Pakistan: lack of funds may force UN agency to ground vital quake aid choppers

Little more than three weeks after Pakistan’s worst-ever earthquake, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) may be forced to ground its relief helicopters, the sole lifeline for hundreds of thousands of survivors cut off by landslides, within the next two weeks due to lack of funds to fly them, the agency warned today.

Security Council condemns weekend terrorist bombings in New Delhi

The United Nations Security Council today strongly condemned the series of deadly bomb attacks that shook New Delhi, India, on Saturday and urged all countries to cooperate with the country's authorities to bring those responsible to justice.

Secretary-General condemns deadly terrorist bombings in India

United Nations Secretary-General today condemned the series of deadly terrorist bombings that rocked the Indian capital, New Delhi, and urged the country's Government to prosecute those responsible.

UN expert says human rights abuses in Myanmar not being addressed

Widespread and systematic human rights violations, grave abuses against ethnic communities, and lack of freedom of assembly and association are still the norm in Myanmar, but the international community has not responded with the appropriate creative diplomacy, and the outlook for change is grim, a United Nations expert said today in New York.

Three weeks after Pakistani quake, 200,000 victims have yet to receive aid – UN

Three weeks after an earthquake devastated northern Pakistan, some 200,000 people have still not received any assistance at all, the United Nations emergency relief office reported today, underscoring the dire situation in the remote region where tens of thousands could die without urgent aid.

UN expert urges DPR of Korea to allow foreign food aid to reach its people

With millions of people in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea dependent on food aid for survival, the country's authorities must become flexible about allowing humanitarian assistance to come in, a United Nations independent expert said today.

Day after new UN appeal for Pakistan, food agency alarmed at scant response

A day after the United Nations launched an increased Flash Appeal for $550 million to save the lives of tens of thousands of earthquake survivors in Pakistan, one of the world body's main relief agencies expressed alarm today that too little money was being committed directly to its emergency efforts.

In message to Pacific Islands Forum, Annan stresses UN-regional cooperation

At a time when the challenges and opportunities of this age of globalization oblige all countries and regions to strengthen their partnerships, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today stressed the need to increase collaboration between the United Nations and regional organizations.

UN tsunami recovery envoy Bill Clinton urges protection of marginalized communities

The United Nations Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery, former United States President Bill Clinton, today held a series of meetings in New York to underscore the importance of restoring livelihoods and protecting marginalized communities in countries devastated in the Indian Ocean region last December.

UN increases appeal for Pakistani quake relief by 80 per cent to $550 million

The United Nations today nearly doubled its call for urgent funding to earthquake-ravaged Pakistan to $550 million for the initial six-month emergency period, warning that the current death toll of some 50,000 could double if aid is not immediately mobilized and delivered to those still isolated in the mountainous region.