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UN's Asia-Pacific commission ends session with call to reduce region's disparities

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) ended its annual session today in Bangkok with a call to bridge the region's poverty gap.

East Timor National Council endorses draft on truth commission

The National Council of East Timor today endorsed a draft regulation on the establishment of a Reception, Truth and Reconciliation Commission to deal with the human rights violations committed during the territory's 25-year struggle for independence.

Prosecutor of UN tribunal queries Belgrade on warrant for Milosevic

The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia today signed a letter to the Belgrade authorities, inquiring whether they had served former President Slobodan Milosevic with the arrest warrant and indictment against him.

UN official welcomes Kosovar Albanians freed from Serbian jails

After nearly two years serving time in Serbian jails, over 100 Kosovar Albanians arrived in Kosovo today, where they were welcomed by the top United Nations official in the area, who called for the return of all others still in detention.

Somalia: UN development agency helps former militia to promote civil protection

A Somalian police training school supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has welcomed 350 new recruits - many of whom are former militia members - to begin training as part of a larger programme to improve the police force countrywide, the UN agency said today.

Afghanistan: UN food agency warns of grim prospects for this year's harvest

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today warned that millions of poor Afghans are facing the spectre of another low harvest because of seed and water shortages which have left some 40 per cent of the country's normally cultivated land fallow.

Abuja Summit will help to end 'conspiracy of silence' on HIV/AIDS, Annan says

As ministerial meetings got under way today in Abuja, Nigeria, in advance of the African summit on HIV/AIDS, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said this week's forum would help cast light on the once-taboo subject of the deadly disease.

Latest edition of UN Yearbook published

A 1,500 page reference work covering all major activities of the United Nations system in 1998 has been published by the UN Department of Public Information (DPI).

Afghanistan has world's fastest growing crisis of internal displacement: UN

A top United Nations humanitarian official returning from an assessment mission in Afghanistan warned today that the country had the world's fastest growing problem of internal displacement.

Annan sees hopeful signs in DR of Congo after change in leadership

The change in leadership in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has brought with it a new willingness to cooperate with various Congolese factions towards a peaceful settlement of the country's long-standing conflict, according to Secretary-General Kofi Annan.