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Annan says US should not punish UN after losing rights commission seat

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today expressed the hope that the United States would regain the seat it recently lost on the United Nations Human Rights Commission, but stressed that in the meantime the US should not punish the Organization by placing conditions on the payment of outstanding dues.

Secretary-General to discuss HIV/AIDS with US, Nigerian Presidents in Washington

Continuing his bid to galvanize international action in the fight against HIV/AIDS, Secretary-General Kofi Annan will discuss efforts to combat the epidemic with United States President George W. Bush and Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo in the US capital on Friday.

In advance of UN forum on HIV/AIDS health experts urge countries to commit will, resources

Some 30 leading experts in the fight against HIV/AIDS called today on governments to use an upcoming United Nations meeting on the issue to pledge concrete action -- and commensurate funds -- to the battle.

Donors reaffirm support for UN relief agency serving Palestine refugees

Voicing their strong backing for the work of the main United Nations agency providing relief to Palestine refugees, major donors and host governments today concluded an informal meeting in Amman, Jordan, aimed at reviewing past efforts and future challenges.

UN peacekeepers from Morocco arrive in eastern DR of Congo

A 118-strong military contingent from Morocco arrived today in Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to serve as peacekeepers within the United Nations mission in the country, a UN spokesman said today.

Sierra Leone: UN Force Commander meets rebel delegation in northern town

Representatives of a Sierra Leonean rebel army have appealed to the Force Commander of the United Nations mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) to deploy peacekeepers near the border with Guinea, UNAMSIL said today.

Funds urgently needed to stem Afghanistan's displacement crisis: UN official

Funds are urgently needed to stem Afghanistan's growing displacement crisis, which is being fuelled by the twin scourges of severe drought and intensifying civil war, a senior United Nations official said today.

After talks in Washington, UN war crimes prosecutor foresees speedy progress

Following a series of high-level meetings in the United States capital, the Prosecutor of the United Nations war crimes tribunals said in New York today that she foresaw "positive results" in achieving the court's goals in the near future.

Kosovo: UNHCR reports no major crossings of civilians from FYR of Macedonia

There have been no major crossings of civilians from the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia into Kosovo over the past two days, officials from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today.

UN commission for Western Asia adopts regional transport agreement

In a bid to achieve regional integration, the 12 member countries of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) today adopted a transport agreement aimed at developing and harmonizing international roads in the region.