A special meeting of the General Assembly on human settlements set to open next week will confront the world's growing homelessness and lack of adequate shelter, according to a key United Nations official associated with the event.
Seizing the occasion of World No-Tobacco Day, traditionally marked on 31 May to raise awareness of the dangers of smoking, the United Nations health agency today sent out a message that "second-hand smoke kills" and urged a ban on smoking in public places.
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today announced the release of a new publication designed to inform developing countries about how other nations have successfully stopped using ozone-depleting halons to extinguish fires.
The delegation of the United Nations Security Council that has just returned from Africa's Great Lakes region described today an improved situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and outlined a number of positive developments indicating movement towards a possible solution to the conflict there.
The United Nations Mission in the DRC (MONUC) today reported that it had received the first patrol boats for use on the Congo River, which will allow a resumption of riverine traffic between the East and West of the country.
Against the backdrop of simmering tensions in the Middle East, the Security Council today extended through November the United Nations operation supervising the disengagement of Syrian and Israeli forces.