Middle East

IAEA says verification of nuclear activities in Iran making ‘good progress’

The head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog agency said today that its verification work in Iran is making “good progress” a week after Tehran turned over a dossier on its nuclear activities.

UN staff temporarily relocating from Baghdad for security consultations – spokesperson

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has asked the UN international team in Baghdad to relocate temporarily for consultations on security arrangements, a UN spokesperson said today.

UN should be ready to hand over Iraq Oil-for-Food scheme, Security Council told

The United Nations remains on schedule to transfer the running of the Iraq Oil-for-Food programme on 21 November, the operation's chief told the Security Council today.

Iran reports to Security Council committee on efforts to block Al-Qaida, Taliban

Iran has turned over a list of "suspicious persons" to a United Nations Security Council committee overseeing sanctions against Usama bin Laden, Al-Qaida and the Taliban.

Iraq: Annan calls attack on Red Cross 'crime against humanity'

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called the bombing of the Red Cross office in Baghdad a "crime against humanity," and condemned all of today's attacks throughout the Iraqi capital.

Annan and UN envoy deplore Israeli destruction of buildings in Gaza

The United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan and his senior envoy for the Middle East today strongly deplored Israel’s continuing demolition of Palestinian-owned buildings, especially the destruction of three 13-story buildings in the Gaza Strip over the weekend.

UN has worked to overcome drop in credibility over Iraq war, senior official says

The United Nations information offices have pulled out all stops to reverse a drop in its credibility on Iraq, a situation that developed in the United States because the UN did not support the war, but everywhere else because it failed to prevent the conflict, the world body’s chief of public information said today.

UNDP chief says Iraq could 'quickly' become a land of market opportunity

The head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) said today that Iraq could convert quickly from a land of subsidies and state control to one of "rising incomes and market opportunity."

Monitoring board for Iraqi development fund set up, UN says

An international monitoring panel charged with keeping an eye on expenditures in Iraq was formally established today with the agreement of all parties on the terms of its operation, according to a joint statement released at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Annan opens Madrid donors’ conference for Iraq with call for funds

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged some 70 nations at a donors’ conference to “give and give generously” to rebuild Iraq.