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UN agency helps businesses sell goods and services to international community

A two-day series of seminars sponsored by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) opened today in New York to explain how companies can do business with the world organization and to link suppliers to buyers in international organizations.

UN food agency teams up with US university to help close digital divide

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today launched a new initiative aimed at closing the digital divide between rich farmers in developed countries and poor rural communities in developing countries through the use of technologies that can increase food production.

Security Council mission presents findings of its visit to Kosovo

The current political process in Kosovo is crucial to combating extremism and encouraging moderates on all sides, according to the report of the Security Council mission to the province released today at United Nations Headquarters.

Somalia: Security Council takes action to help protect relief workers

In a move to facilitate the work of United Nations and other relief agencies operating in Somalia, the Security Council today made certain exemptions to its 1992 arms embargo against the country, in order to allow humanitarian workers to protect themselves using military equipment such as helmets and bullet-proof jackets.

In Cyril Foster Lecture at Oxford, Annan says democracy at home helps peace abroad

Calling democracy an "international issue," Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today that open and accountable governments are less likely to use force - at least against States with similarly open systems.

UN officials hail $100 million gift by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to AIDS fund

United Nations officials today welcomed the announcement by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation of a $100 million contribution to the Global AIDS and Health Fund - the largest private donation it has received so far - and expressed hope that other donors would soon follow suit.

UNHCR still concerned by refugee flow from FYR of Macedonia into Kosovo

Despite a diminishing flow of people from the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia into Kosovo, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today it remained "extremely concerned" about the situation and continued to monitor it closely.

Iraq: UN sanctions panel approves 4 contracts for human vaccines

The Security Council's Iraq sanctions committee has approved new contracts for vaccines under the United Nations humanitarian "oil-for-food" programme, according to the office running the relief effort.

East Timor: UN mission extends civil registration process

The United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) has extended the registration process of East Timor's population by two days in order not to exclude the high number of people still arriving to register, especially in the capital, Dili.

UN refugee agency plans first repatriation of Somalis living in Eritrea

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today announced plans to return home the first group of Somalis who have been living in neighbouring Eritrea since the early 1990s.