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Lack of funds threatens UN food aid to millions of vulnerable Afghans

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today it urgently needs $257 million to continue providing food and assistance to over 7 million vulnerable Afghans, most of whom are women and children.

Landlocked Asia-Pacific countries pledge at UN meeting to build cooperation

Landlocked developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region today pledged during a United Nations-backed meeting in Mongolia to promote greater cooperation and to reduce trade and transport barriers in an effort to achieve mutual sustainable development.

Further dialogue, strong institutions vital for Kyrgyz democracy, UN stresses

Gathering in the Kyrgyz capital one year after the revolution that overthrew the country’s Government, senior United Nations and European officials emphasized the need for continued dialogue and the strengthening of state institutions as the nation works to consolidate peace and democracy.

Sri Lanka: UN chief receives report of panel of experts on human rights issues

The panel of experts set up to advise Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on accountability issues with respect to the conflict in Sri Lanka today delivered its report to the United Nations chief, who is sharing a copy with the Government prior to making it public.

Recent nuclear accident on par with Chernobyl, Japanese officials tell UN agency

The United Nations atomic agency today confirmed that Japanese authorities had provisionally raised the severity level for the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant that was damaged in last month’s earthquake to 7, the same level given to the 1986 Chernobyl accident.

UN teams up with actor Jeremy Renner in new film on Afghanistan

Actor Jeremy Renner, who shot to fame playing a bomb disposal expert in the Academy Award-winning film The Hurt Locker, took a five-day visit to Afghanistan in late 2010 to highlight the efforts of the United Nations to remove landmines.

Philippines: UN envoy announces plan to remove children from armed conflict

The United Nations envoy for children and armed conflict and a political movement in the Philippines today agreed to develop an action plan to ensure that no children are among the ranks of the military group known as the New People’s Army (NPA), or are involved in the armed conflict.

Wave of enforced disappearances in China sparks concern from UN rights experts

A group of United Nations human rights experts today voiced serious concern about the recent wave of enforced disappearances reported to have taken place in China, calling on authorities in the Asian nation to release all those who have been forcibly disappeared.

UN atomic agency reports no change at Japan’s stricken nuclear plant after quake

The United Nations atomic agency reported that the 7.1-magnitude earthquake in Japan today did not change the status of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, but the temblor caused interruption of the power supply to a different nuclear plant and a uranium enrichment facility.

In Afghanistan, UN staff remember the ‘quiet heroes’ killed in mob attack

In a solemn ceremony held in Kabul and repeated at each of the 22 regional and provincial United Nations offices across Afghanistan, UN staff paid tribute today to the colleagues who lost their lives on Friday when they were killed by a mob of protesters that had stormed an operations centre.