Millions of people are facing starvation in Afghanistan, where the food supply has been undermined by the combined effects of consecutive droughts and a crumbling economy, according to a special alert released today by two United Nations food agencies.
Fourteen countries have confirmed their participation in the second international conference of countries willing to help develop the future East Timor Defence Force (ETDF), the United Nations mission in East Timor announced today.
The head of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) today urged "a strong and quick response" to an appeal for Afghanistan, where an estimated $800,000 per day will be needed for the relief effort this year.
The effort of recruiting, selecting and placing East Timorese as civil servants during the territory's transition to independence - a process called "Timorization" - has displayed "impressive numbers," the head of the United Nations mission there said today.
The United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) today reported that the electoral registration of East Timorese refugees in Indonesia's West Timor province had been carried out successfully.
Members of the Security Council today held a day-long open debate on a proposal to establish a new United Nations monitoring mechanism aimed at strengthening the international arms embargo against the Taliban and keeping track of terrorist training camps in Afghanistan.
The United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) today reported that over 75 per cent of the East Timorese population had been registered to vote in the August elections for a Constituent Assembly.
The chief United Nations delegate of Bangladesh, which has just assumed the monthly rotating presidency of the Security Council, said today he would adopt an action-oriented and open approach during his month-long term.