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At UN, parties to Biological Weapons Convention plan to review effectiveness

States Parties to the Biological Weapons Convention, ending their meeting at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva today, decided that the next review of the treaty's effectiveness, and any actions that need to be taken to strengthen it, will open in the same Swiss city this November.

UNESCO hails Russian decision to move oil pipeline away from famous lake

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today welcomed Russian President Vladimir Putin's decision to change the course of a Siberian oil pipeline to eliminate risk to the UN World Heritage site of Lake Baikal, the world's oldest and deepest lake containing 20 per cent of Earth's surface fresh water.

As UN Assembly marks 20 years since Chernobyl, officials urge continued action

The United Nations General Assembly today marked 20 years since the Chernobyl nuclear accident, the most severe in the history of the nuclear power industry, with officials calling for more action to address the health and other challenges faced by Belarus, the Ukraine and the Russian Federation, the countries most affected by the catastrophe.

UN marks 20th anniversary of Chernobyl disaster with calls of ‘never again’

The United Nations today marked the 20th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, the worst nuclear power plant accident in history, with calls for generous aid to help the communities still suffering the consequences and renewed determination to see that such a calamity never happens again.

Computers from UN war crimes court benefit survivors in Bosnia

The United Nations war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia today sent 306 old computers to Bosnia and Herzegovina, scene of most of the crimes during the Balkan conflict of the 1990s, as part of its initiative to use its replaced office equipment to benefit the victims of the strife.

Kosovo: UN envoy hails reconstruction in Roma neigbourhood

The senior United Nations envoy to Kosovo today hailed a ground-breaking ceremony marking the start of reconstruction at the Roma Mahala neighbourhood that will allow displaced people to return to their homes there.

Chernobyl on road to recovery 20 years after disaster: UN development official

While commemorating the victims and vast damage caused by the Chernobyl, Ukraine nuclear disaster 20 years ago, a top United Nations development official has said that the region is embracing the right strategy for economic and social recovery.

UNICEF says iodine could have prevented cancer among Chernobyl victims

Ahead of the 20th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear accident, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today that iodized salt could have significantly lowered the numbers of exposed children who developed thyroid cancer and called for the supplement to be widely used throughout the affected region.

UN issues landmark health report on Chernobyl: excess cancer cases, deaths

Some 5,000 people who were children and adolescents at the time of the world’s worst-ever civil nuclear accident at Chernobyl, Ukraine, have so far been diagnosed with thyroid cancer, and there may be up to 9,000 excess cancer deaths, according to a new United Nations study, the most comprehensive scientific report so far on the health impact of the disaster.

UN political official holds talks in Moscow on Cyprus, Middle East, reform

Cyprus, the Middle East and other hotspots topped the agenda during talks in Moscow today between the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs and the Russian Foreign Minister.