A United Nations human rights expert who has just returned from Myanmar after three days of talks with government and opposition party leaders said today that there appeared to be cautious optimism about the latest developments in the country.
With some 400 million people suffering from psychological problems worldwide, the United Nations has seized the occasion of World Health Day on 7 April to highlight the need to address mental health concerns openly and honestly.
In a major step towards saving the lives of millions of children, a global immunization campaign supported by several United Nations agencies began today the first round of its worldwide schedule of vaccine deliveries.
Renowned South African singer Miriam Makeba, an Ambassador for the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), joined the United Nations agency today in its effort to bring new fishing boats and nets to Mozambican fisherfolk whose livelihoods were devastated by last year's cyclone and flooding.
After meeting with the executives of six of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today announced a major new agreement on concrete steps to help developing countries fight AIDS, which he called “the greatest public health challenge of our times.”
Civil disturbances in East Timor, the forthcoming elections and the resignation of Xanana Gusmão as president of the National Council dominated discussions in the Security Council today as members heard a briefing by a top United Nations peacekeeping official.
An official of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia today presented the Belgrade authorities with a copy of its indictment against former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic.
The World Bank today announced the approval of $110 million in credits to help seven African countries to reduce poverty by providing access to political risk insurance that could stimulate private sector-led growth and cross-border trade.