Peace and Security

UN envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello begins final journey home

Sergio Vieira de Mello, veteran United Nations servant, defender of human rights and protector of refugees, began his final journey home today, his body borne aboard a Brazilian Presidential plane at Baghdad airport amid prayers, praise and pledges to continue his mission.

Top UN envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello killed in terrorist blast in Baghdad

The top United Nations envoy in Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello, was killed today when terrorists blew up the UN headquarters in Baghdad, killing at least 14 others and injuring dozens more in what Secretary-General Kofi Annan denounced as an inexcusable "act of unprovoked and murderous violence."

'Useful and frank' UN-Iraq talks end; next round planned within one month - Annan

Following three days of talks between senior United Nations and Iraqi officials on returning UN weapons inspectors to the country, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today reported that the discussions had been "useful and frank" and predicted that a new round could be held within a month.

Security zone between Ethiopia, Eritrea remains calm, UN mission says

The United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) said today there were no troubling developments to report in the buffer zone between the two nations, which remained quiet.

Preparations for Inter-Congolese Dialogue set to begin in July, Security Council mission says

The first preparatory session of the Inter-Congolese Dialogue will take place on 16 July, the head of the Security Council mission to the Great Lakes region told journalists this morning in Lusaka, Zambia.

At UN centre, Pakistani students donate funds to help Afghan child mine victims

Dozens of Pakistani students in Islamabad today donated funds to be channelled through the United Nations for Afghan children who have been victimized by landmines.

Afghan sides prepare for heavy fighting as 'hungry season' nears: Annan

Afghanistan, already facing a "humanitarian crisis of alarming proportions," could see increased fighting during the summer months, coinciding with the country's "hungry season," according to a new report by Secretary-General Kofi Annan.