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UN rushes aid as unexpected cold spell threatens Peruvian livestock

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has provided urgently needed medical supplies to poor farmers in the Peruvian highlands whose livestock are suffering as a result of a severe unseasonable cold spell, known locally as “El friaje.”

Afghanistan: UN agency welcomes new law on combating terrorism

A new anti-terrorism law in Afghanistan has been welcomed by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), which says the legislation brings the country in line with international conventions.

UN border assessment team wraps up two-week mission to Lebanon

The independent United Nations team dispatched by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to assess the monitoring of the Lebanese border with Syria has wrapped up its two-week mission to Lebanon.

UN agency lauds think-tank plan to revamp US policy on global food crisis

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today praised a new report by a Washington-based think-tank which calls for the United States to take a fresh strategic approach to the global food crisis.

UN human rights expert to visit Myanmar next week

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar will conduct his first mission to the Asian country next week after receiving an invitation to visit from the Government.

Ban dispatches UN team to assess Djibouti-Eritrea border situation

A fact-finding mission dispatched by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has arrived in the Horn of Africa to assess the political, security and humanitarian situation along the border between Djibouti and Eritrea, in light of the recent tensions there.

Somali children paying heavy price for ongoing violence, warns UNICEF

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has sounded the alarm about the impact of escalating violence on young people in Somalia, where just last week seven children died in battles between anti-government forces and Ethiopian troops based in the capital, Mogadishu.

UN agency helps Chinese authorities promote clean energy transport at Olympics

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is contributing to a plan by the Chinese authorities to make the Beijing Olympics environmentally friendly, with the opening of the Games little more than a week away.

Top UN official hails US road map to combat AIDS

Lauding the United States Government for its massive funding boost to fight AIDS, the head of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) said today that the new investment will inject fresh hope for the future.

In Santiago, General Assembly President calls for new culture of global relations

The President of the General Assembly has called for creating a new culture of international relations to address today’s global challenges, ranging from economic development and reducing poverty to dealing with rising food and energy prices.