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.