Middle East

Coordinated international effort needed to clear Iraq of landmines – UN

The international community must pool its resources to help rid over 300 communities in southern Iraq of landmines and explosive ordnance that threaten their lives and livelihoods, a senior United Nations mine clearance official stressed today.

Security Council welcomes Lebanese elections

In strong support of Lebanon's political independence, the United Nations Security Council today underscored the need for newly elected Lebanese authorities to exercise their full sovereignty over the entire territory, to preserve unity through national dialogue, and to respect the principles of good governance.

At world conference, Annan calls for broad burden-sharing in Iraq

Opening an international conference on Iraq in Brussels today, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan urged the international community to share more broadly the burden of the reconstruction and stabilization of the war-torn country in a way that has a positive impact on the lives of ordinary Iraqis.

UN official under investigation for misconduct resigns

United Nations Procurement Officer Alexander Yakovlev, who is being investigated by the organization's oversight office for possible misconduct, submitted his resignation yesterday evening, a UN spokeswoman said today.

Ahead of international conference on Iraq, Annan pledges steadfast UN support

From constitutional advice to help in holding new elections, from rebuilding schools and power plants to feeding children, from mine clearance to aid for hundreds of thousands of returning refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs), the United Nations is determined to stand by Iraq in its moment of continuing need, Secretary-General Kofi Annan has pledged.

Nearly half million Iraqi school children to benefit from UN sanitation initiative

Nearly half a million Iraqi children will benefit from upgraded sanitation facilities at schools across the country this year thanks to United Nations initiatives aimed at raising a new generation of educated Iraqis to help their country rebuild from war, it was announced today.

Secretary-General welcomes Jerusalem summit between Sharon and Abbas

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed the meeting in Jerusalem between Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

Annan condemns murder of communist party leader in Lebanon

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today strongly condemned the murder of George Hawi, a long-time leader of the Lebanese Communist Party, in a bomb blast in Beirut.

Annan to make Iraqi funds available for development, UN arrears

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today informed the Security Council of his intention to transfer the amount of $220,256,697 from the escrow account set up under the former UN arms inspection regime into accounts for the country's development and the repayment of its UN arrears.

UN helps Iraq clear 500 kilometres of land of deadly unexploded mines

Nearly 500 square kilometres in Iraq have been cleared of landmines over the past year thanks to United Nations-backed efforts to rid the country of potentially deadly unexploded remnants of war, most of them seeded in densely populated regions in the centre and south, the world body announced today.