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21 million people worldwide 'of concern' to UN refugee agency in year 2000

The United Nations refugee agency today released new statistics showing that the number of people of concern to the agency -- including refugees, asylum seekers and others -- stood at a approximately 21.1 million in the year 2000, or one out of every 284 persons worldwide.

Series of regional meetings launched in advance of UN session on children

The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) today heralded the start of a three-week period during which regional meetings on children and young people would be held in Beijing, Berlin, Kathmandu and Cairo.

UN health agency says new malaria study offers hope for innovative treatment

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today welcomed the results of a just-published study on malaria, which, the agency said, could offer new hope in reducing the toll of the illness on its youngest victims.

West Timor: UN officials dismayed by light sentences for killers of aid workers

Two top United Nations officials have expressed their disappointment at the light sentences handed down by a Jakarta court to six men accused of involvement in the brutal killing of three UN aid workers last September in West Timor.

UN conference on 'least developed countries' to open next week in Brussels

Global policy-makers will confront the economic isolation and severe poverty of the world's poorest states when a major United Nations Conference on the "least developed countries" (LDCs) opens next week in Brussels, Belgium.

UN officials welcome "billion mom march" against gun violence

United Nations officials have signalled their strong support for a new movement which aims to galvanize the world's mothers in the fight against gun violence.

Annan says US should not punish UN after losing rights commission seat

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today expressed the hope that the United States would regain the seat it recently lost on the United Nations Human Rights Commission, but stressed that in the meantime the US should not punish the Organization by placing conditions on the payment of outstanding dues.

Secretary-General to discuss HIV/AIDS with US, Nigerian Presidents in Washington

Continuing his bid to galvanize international action in the fight against HIV/AIDS, Secretary-General Kofi Annan will discuss efforts to combat the epidemic with United States President George W. Bush and Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo in the US capital on Friday.

In advance of UN forum on HIV/AIDS health experts urge countries to commit will, resources

Some 30 leading experts in the fight against HIV/AIDS called today on governments to use an upcoming United Nations meeting on the issue to pledge concrete action -- and commensurate funds -- to the battle.

Donors reaffirm support for UN relief agency serving Palestine refugees

Voicing their strong backing for the work of the main United Nations agency providing relief to Palestine refugees, major donors and host governments today concluded an informal meeting in Amman, Jordan, aimed at reviewing past efforts and future challenges.