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Three people killed during refugee visit on East/West Timor border, UN says

Three civilians were killed today during an explosion in Indonesia's West Timor province, near the border with East Timor, according to the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET).

UN refugee agency concerned about fighting in FYR of Macedonia

The United Nations refugee agency today expressed concern about the plight of civilians caught in fighting between ethnic Albanian rebels and armed forces of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

General Assembly budget committee recommends $1.8 billion for UN peace missions

The United Nations General Assembly would provide close to $1.8 billion in resources for UN peace missions worldwide, according to a recommendation of the Assembly's Fifth Committee (Budgetary and Administrative), which has concluded another part of its annual work after approving a total of 25 draft resolutions and 9 draft decisions.

Annan urges Islamic ministers to stay active in reviving Middle East peace talks

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has urged Islamic ministers meeting over the weekend in Doha, Qatar, to engage in efforts to revive talks in the search for peace in the Middle East.

UN Human Rights chief Mary Robinson to receive UNESCO peace prize

Mary Robinson, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and former President of Ireland, was chosen today as the laureate of the 2000 Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize, in recognition of "the great contribution she has made for the defence of human rights."

UN agency starts HIV prevention training for Ethiopian truck drivers

In a bid to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS among a high-risk group in Ethiopia, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today began a series of innovative awareness building sessions for truck drivers employed by the agency.

Committee recommends 44 NGOs for consultative status with ECOSOC

Concluding a three-week session, the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) has recommended the approval of 44 applications submitted by NGOs seeking consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

Importance of UN decolonization work stressed at Caribbean seminar in Havana

The United Nations has completed a three-day decolonization seminar in Havana, Cuba, which attracted a record number of participants who focused on new challenges facing the world's Non-Self-Governing Territories.

Youth groups start preparations for World Summit on Sustainable Development

Some 250 young people from 109 countries have participated in a conference in Sweden to help prepare for the World Summit on Sustainable Development scheduled for September 2002 in South Africa, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said today.

Back from Washington, Annan reports productive talks with Congressional leaders

Back from a one-day visit to Washington, D.C., Secretary-General Kofi Annan today said he had held productive talks with Congressional leaders in the United States capital.