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Meeting in Beirut, UN agencies discuss regional development, peace-building

Over a dozen United Nations agencies meeting in Lebanon today discussed the need for economic and social development in order to consolidate peace-building efforts in the region.

Misery increasing in western Afghanistan, UN relief coordinator warns

The situation in western Afghanistan continues to deteriorate as summer approaches, with about 1,000 people leaving their homes each day to escape drought, conflict, or both, according to a statement issued today by the Office of the United Nations Coordinator for Afghanistan.

Myanmar: UN human rights expert reports cautious optimism among parties

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.

On World Health Day, UN says openness key to dealing with mental disorders

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.

Africa receives first vaccines under global immunization campaign: UNICEF

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 African singer joins UN in aid effort for flood victims in Mozambique

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 Annan, key drug companies pledge more help to fight AIDS

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.”

Security Council discusses elections, leadership and civil unrest in East Timor

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.

Top UN official in Kosovo and Yugoslav President agree on further cooperation

Meeting in Belgrade today, the top United Nations official in Kosovo and Yugoslav President Vojislav Kostunica agreed to continue their cooperation on a wide range of issues.

Pakistan to contribute over 4,000 soldiers to UN mission in Sierra Leone

The Government of Pakistan has decided to deploy a brigade-size contingent of over 4,000 troops to the UN Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL), a UN spokesman announced today in New York.