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Secretary-General lauds Nepalese peace efforts on arrival in Kathmandu

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today lauded the “historic” progress made by the people of Nepal to restore peace and stability and reaffirmed the commitment of the United Nations to continue to support those efforts, as he began an official visit to Kathmandu.

UNICEF appeals for support six months after cyclone devastates Myanmar

Six months after deadly Cyclone Nargis swept through Myanmar, leaving around 140,000 dead or missing and some 800,000 homeless, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported that emergency relief efforts are on track, but vital support is still needed for the country’s medium to long-term recovery.

Greater efforts needed to meet gender equality objectives by 2015, says Migiro

Efforts to achieve gender equality around the world must be accelerated, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro told a gathering of women leaders in Seoul today, while also highlighting the special burden climate change places on women.

UN rushes aid to survivors of deadly earthquake in Pakistan

The United Nations is rushing urgently-needed relief supplies to survivors of the deadly earthquake that struck south-western Pakistan earlier this week and the aftershocks that have followed.

Pakistan: UN working to assist nearly 20,000 quake survivors

United Nations agencies are stepping up efforts to assist some 20,000 people displaced by the deadly earthquake that struck Pakistan’s southwest Baluchistan province yesterday, and address immediate needs include access to food and water, health services and shelter.

Secretary-General applauds Maldives after its first multi-party presidential polls

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today congratulated the people of the Maldives for the peaceful conduct of the Indian Ocean archipelago’s first-ever multi-party presidential elections this week, calling the poll “an important step forward in the country’s democratic reform process.”

Ban condemns multiple terrorist attacks in north-east India

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the terrorist attacks that struck the north-eastern Indian state of Assam today, reportedly killing at least 60 people and wounding several hundred more, and occurring on the same day that the United Nations chief was on an official visit to the country.

Bangladeshi poor to benefit from $130 million World Bank loan

The World Bank has approved a $130 million loan to Bangladesh in response to the global food crisis which has crippled the ability of millions of the country’s poor to fend for themselves, the international financial institution announced today.

India and UN have ‘indispensable’ partnership, Ban says during visit

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today highlighted the long-standing relationship between India and the United Nations in areas ranging from peace and security to achieving global anti-poverty goals to sustainable development, as he began a two-day visit to the country.

Ban highlights benefits of global migration in address to Philippine forum

International migration could be an effective tool to tackle the current financial crisis, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a summit in the Philippines, stating that the movement of workers across borders can help make economies more efficient and redress economic inequalities.