Egypt making progress in water, sanitation – UN rights expert

Egypt has made great strides in improving access to drinking water and is well-situated to address remaining challenges related to water and sanitation, a United Nations independent human rights expert said today.

Ban Ki-moon discusses regional hotspots with Egypt’s President Mubarak in Cairo

Iraq, Lebanon, Israel-Palestine and the crisis in Sudan’s Darfur region were discussed during talks today in Cairo between President Hosni Mubarak and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who said the Egyptian leader is a key partner in dealing with these hotspots.

UN rights experts urge Egypt to guarantee independence of judiciary; deplore attacks

Expressing “grave concern” over recent attacks against the judiciary in Egypt and the severe repression of demonstrations supporting the judiciary, three independent United Nations human rights experts today urged the Government to guarantee judges’ freedom of opinion and expression and judicial independence.

UN officials express regret over loss of lives in ferry sinking in Red Sea

Senior United Nations officials today expressed their sadness over the sinking of an Egyptian ferry passing through the Red Sea from Saudi Arabia with some 1,400 passengers aboard.

UNICEF joins Egyptian university to boost child protection in Islamic world

With a disproportionate number of the 600 million children in the Islamic world facing huge challenges, from poverty and disease to lack of education and protection, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has teamed up with Egypt’s prestigious Al-Azhar University to produce a manual to improve child development.

Egypt exempts UN peacekeeping equipment from new Suez Canal surcharge

Ships carrying military equipment for United Nations peacekeeping operations in regions as far apart as Haiti and Burundi can pass through the Suez Canal without paying a new Egyptian 25 per cent surcharge, a UN spokesman said today.

Shocked by attack on Egyptian official, Annan urges dialogue over violence

Reacting to today's attack in Jerusalem on Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmad Maher, a United Nations spokesman said Secretary-General Kofi Annan was "shocked" by the incident.

Annan praises re-opening of Ibn Khaldun Centre in Egypt

With the Arab region displaying enormous potential for growth and development, the United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan praised the re-opening of the Ibn Khaldun Centre for Development Studies and emphasized its influential role in the region.

Top UN rights official welcomes acquittal of human rights activists in Egypt

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Sergio Vieira de Mello, today welcomed an Egyptian court's decision to acquit a leading human rights activist following a second retrial on charges of defaming the country.

‘Deeply saddened’ over deadly train fire in Egypt, Annan offers condolences

Reacting with sorrow to the news of a train fire in Egypt which took the lives of hundreds of people, the United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, offered condolences to all those affected by the disaster.