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Funding for post-conflict activities key to successful UN peacekeeping: Annan

A critical hindrance to the successful completion of United Nations peacekeeping missions is a lack of funding for activities such as demobilization and reintegration, or boundary commissions, Secretary-General Kofi Annan writes in a report issued today on the closure of UN peace operations.

UN summit on sustainable development aims to generate sense of hope

The goal of an upcoming United Nations summit on sustainable development was to generate a sense of hope for the future of the world economy, living conditions and environment, the top UN official for economic and social affairs said today.

UN official urges concrete steps to achieve nuclear disarmament

The top United Nations disarmament official today urged concrete action in the area of nuclear disarmament - a key challenge to global security.

Secretary-General pledges UN support for efforts to protect Danube river

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today pledged the support of the United Nations for efforts to protect the Danube River, which is currently threatened by pollution and other man-made hazards.

UN combines new and traditional media to inform public, Assembly panel told

A senior United Nations official in charge of UN information activities pledged today to harness the power of the latest advances in communications technology, including the Internet, while making full use of traditional media in providing services to developing countries.

UN mission to open new human rights office in eastern Sierra Leone

The United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) is set to open a new human rights office in the eastern part of the country to promote the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and to help instil a culture of human rights.

Benin, UNICEF confirm child trafficking aboard ship in West Africa

The Government of Benin and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) today confirmed that the suspected slaveship that docked in Cotonou on 17 April was in fact used for child trafficking.

UN to consider efforts by eight countries to prevent and punish torture

A lead United Nations human rights body has convened in Geneva to review measures adopted by eight UN Member States to prevent and punish acts of torture.

Foundation stone laid for earthquake shelters in India: UN

The foundation stone for the construction of essential earthquake-proof shelters in Gujarat, India, has been laid, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) announced today.

77 more police cadets graduate in East Timor: UN

The United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) today announced that 77 more police cadets have graduated from the Timor Lorosa'e police academy in Dili -- bringing the total number of officers performing in the territory to 706.