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On 20th anniversary, Ban hails Nobel prize-winning UN climate panel

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today paid tribute to the accomplishments of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), co-recipient of last year's Nobel Peace Prize, as he marked its 20th anniversary.

UN provides emergency aid to Afghans affected by recent military operations

A United Nations team has delivered emergency relief assistance to some 900 people in the country's western Herat province who were affected the recent military operations which the world body said resulted in the deaths of numerous civilians, including many children.

UN panel voices concern over growing number of enforced disappearances

The United Nations body set up to assist families in determining the fate or whereabouts of disappeared relatives has expressed its concern over the growing number of cases of enforced disappearances taking place worldwide.

Mines and unexploded ordnance taking heavy toll on Chad's children, says UN

Mines and unexploded ordnance (UXO) are taking a heavy toll on Chadian civilians, particularly children who make up the majority of the victims of the deadly scourge in the African nation, according to the United Nations.

Melbourne books its place in UN cultural network of cities

Melbourne has been declared a City of Literature by the United Nations cultural agency, joining a global network of cities set up to promote their cultural, social and economic development in fields ranging from gastronomy to music to folk art.

Tests confirm no radioactivity release from incident at UN laboratory

Independent experts have confirmed the initial findings of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that there was no release of radioactive material to the environment after an incident at one of its laboratories earlier this month.

Efforts to bridge Afghanistan’s digital divide gets boost from UN

A new agreement between the United Nations and the Afghan Government will help boost efforts to narrow the gap between those in the South Asian nation who benefit from the use of information and communication technology (ICT) and those who do not.

UN to undertake science and technology strategy review for Iraq

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) announced today that it will work with the Iraqi Government to map out a strategy for using science, technology and innovation to reconstruct its economy and accelerate its development.

Increased investment in African farmers needed, says UN rural development chief

The head of the United Nations rural development arm underlined the crucial role played by African farmers in producing food and combating climate change, calling on the international community to boost their support for the agriculture sector on the continent.

Over 2,000 displaced from Georgia buffer zone register with UN agency

The United Nations refugee agency says that some 2,300 people from villages in the buffer zone between the Georgian town of Gori and the breakaway region of South Ossetia have registered in Gori as internally displaced people.