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Three injured as rebels in Burundi ambush UN food convoy

A group of rebels has attacked a United Nations food convoy in Burundi, leaving one person in critical condition and two others injured, a UN spokesman announced today.

UN refugee agency awaits full access to Afghans in rain-soaked camps

The United Nations refugee agency reported today that it was still awaiting full access to tens of thousands of Afghans encamped in a makeshift site in Pakistan, where conditions have deteriorated recently under the force of heavy rains.

UN agencies say polio eradication nearly complete, but final push will be hardest

The eradication of polio is 99 per cent complete but finishing the job presents a major challenge, according to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, an umbrella organization which brings together United Nations agencies and other partners fighting the disease.

UN survey shows economic recovery in Asia-Pacific region

The economic performance of the Asia Pacific region grew stronger last year following an impressive recovery after the 1997 Asian financial crisis, according to a United Nations economic survey released today.

Renowned Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado named UNICEF Special Representative

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) today announced the appointment of internationally renowned Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado as a Special Representative to help raise awareness about the rights of young people worldwide.

Annan welcomes Milosevic arrest, urges Belgrade to cooperate with UN tribunal

Welcoming the arrest of indicted war criminal Slobodan Milosevic, Secretary-General Kofi Annan and top officials at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) have urged Belgrade to cooperate with the court on Mr. Milosevic's transfer to The Hague.

Heads of UN agencies meet in Kenya on implementing Millennium Summit goals

With top officials from all parts of the United Nations system gathered in Nairobi for a coordination meeting, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today the fact that the event was being held in Africa underscored the importance of the world body's response to the continent's needs.

UN's Iraq-Kuwait mission promotes calm and should be maintained - report

Carrying out its tasks "smoothly," the United Nations UN Iraq-Kuwait Observation Mission (UNIKOM) is contributing to calm along the border and should be maintained, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in a report released today.

Security Council President outlines work programme for April

The incoming President of the Security Council today said that the 15-member body could discuss coordinating its work in the area of conflict management with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) at an open session later this month.

In Germany, World Bank chief calls for global campaign to fight extreme poverty

Speaking to officials in Germany today, the President of the World Bank called for a global campaign to meet the international goal of halving the proportion of people living in extreme poverty by 2015.