Middle East

Iraqi Government agrees to move Iranian Kurd refugees to safer area – UN

The Iraqi Government has agreed to move 3,100 Iranian Kurd refugees, who have been stuck in harsh and dangerous conditions near Ramadi, to a safer area in the north, the United Nations refugee agency said today.

UN agricultural agency launches project to restore veterinary services in Iraq

With years of upheavals and neglect having damaged the farming sectors that provide major sources of protein for the Iraqi diet, the United Nations agricultural agency today has launched a project to benefit nearly 5 million people by restoring urgently needed veterinary services.

UN Environment Programme train Iraqis in measuring depleted uranium

With depleted uranium being a contaminant in Iraq, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said today it will train Iraqi scientists and other nuclear experts in measuring the material and try to answer questions left hanging after it conducted studies in post-conflict Balkans and Kuwait.

Annan announces Iraqi request for UN assistance on drafting constitution

Secretary-General Kofi Annan announced today that Iraqi authorities have officially requested assistance from the United Nations in drafting and building consensus around the country’s new constitution.

Security Council welcomes Iraq’s progress in Iraq on training security forces

The United Nations Security Council today welcomed the progress made in recruiting, training and equipping Iraqi security forces and looked forward to those forces progressively playing a greater role and ultimately assuming responsibility for Iraq's national security.

UN remains committed to helping Iraqi Government and people, envoy says

Meeting with Iraq's Prime Minister in Baghdad , Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Special Representative has reviewed the overall political and security situation and pledged the continued support of the United Nations to the country's Government and people.

Haling democratic conduct of Lebanese elections, Annan pledges UN aid for next rounds

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today hailed the democratic conduct of the first phase of Lebanon's parliamentary elections and pledged the world body's continued support for next rounds.

Unemployment high among Palestinians in occupied territories, UN labour agency says

Despite the growth in Palestinian domestic output in 2004 after four years of recession, the unemployment rate in the occupied territories is almost 26 per cent, with less than half of the men of working age and only 10 per cent of women employed, the United Nations labour agency says.

UN investigator in probe of Lebanese ex-premier's death arrives in Beirut

The head of the United Nations commission established to investigate the fatal bombing attack on former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri arrived in Beirut today.

UN Iraq envoy holds talks with French Foreign Minister

Secretary-General Kofi Annan's representative for Iraq has met with France's Foreign Minister and other senior French officials for talks that focused on preparations for the ministerial meeting on Iraq to be held on 22 June in Brussels.