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Annan recommends two-month extension of UN's Western Sahara mission

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today reported that there has been no progress in the implementation of the United Nations Settlement Plan for Western Sahara, but recommended that the UN mission in the country be extended for two months to allow the parties to explore a possible solution.

UN calls for bolder policies to stem global economic downturn

For the world economy to regain its momentum this year, the major economies will have to be "firing on all engines and at the same time," the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) said today as it released a major new study on global economic prospects.

Continuing Middle East diplomacy, UN envoy holds meetings in Damascus

Continuing his diplomatic efforts in response to recent violence in the Middle East, a top United Nations envoy held high-level meetings today in Syria.

China's ratification of Bangkok accord makes it world's largest trade pact, UN says

China's ratification of the Bangkok Agreement has made one of Asia's oldest trade accords the world's largest in terms of market potential, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) announced today.

Refugees from Pemba and Zanzibar islands will go back if tensions ease: UNHCR

Tanzanian refugees who fled to Kenya from the islands of Pemba and Zanzibar have told the United Nations refugee agency that they would be ready to return home if talks between the Government and the opposition lead to a joint declaration that would ease tensions on the islands, agency officials said today.

Iraq earns additional €370 million under UN's oil-for-food programme

Iraq has earned an additional €370 million (euros) under the United Nations oil-for-food programme, according to new statistics released today by the office overseeing the scheme, which allows Baghdad to export its petroleum and use a portion of the profits for humanitarian relief.

UN development agency appeals for funds to help Palestinian students

With the education of thousands of Palestinian youths at stake, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is appealing for emergency funds to help students in Gaza and abroad to pay university tuition and fees.

UN General Assembly elects two additional judges for Rwanda war crimes tribunal

The United Nations General Assembly today elected two additional judges to the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR).

Two UN peacekeeping missions create awareness-raising units on HIV/AIDS

The United Nations peacekeeping operations in East Timor and Sierra Leone have set up special HIV/AIDS units to raise awareness about how to prevent and treat the deadly virus.

Sierra Leone: UN peacekeepers give free medical treatment to villagers

The medical unit of a United Nations peacekeeping battalion in Sierra Leone provided more than 4,000 villagers with free medical assistance over the weekend, the UN mission announced today in Freetown.