UN agencies report improved security in Iraq, but concerns remain

United Nations relief agencies in Iraq, which have long been alarmed at the lawlessness hampering their activities, today reported “a significant improvement,” but still warned that public security remained a top concern.

Grenades, guns, death threats all in an Iraqi doctor’s day of work, says WHO

A patient pursued by gun-toting assailants, a doctor threatened with death if a relative dies, hand grenade juggling during visitors’ hours – such are the daily challenges faced by hospital staff in Basra, Iraq’s second city, according to the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO).

UN envoy in Iraq meets more agency officials and financial bodies

The top United Nations official in Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello, continued his consultations on his second full day in Baghdad today to familiarize himself with all relevant issues as he seeks to define precisely what the world body’s role will be in the country’s reconstruction.

Top UN envoy in Iraq meets with US, British civilian chiefs

The top United Nations official in Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello, met with his counterparts from the United Kingdom and United States today to discuss the world body’s role in the country’s reconstruction.

Top UN envoy for Iraq arrives in Baghdad; food distribution resumes

The top United Nations envoy for Iraq arrived in Baghdad today pledging to assist in the “critical efforts” to quickly establish a representative Iraqi government, as UN-supplied food rations again began reaching the civilian population.

Iraq: Japan becomes UN Children’s Fund’s top donor

Japan has become the United Nations Children’s Fund’s (UNICEF) top donor for relief efforts in Iraq with a donation this week of $10.2 million to support reopening schools across the country, bringing its total contributions to more than $15 million, the agency announced today.

Iraq: UN food programme gears up for restarting distribution system

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), together with the Iraqi Ministry of Trade and the United States-run Office of Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance, is finalizing the reactivation of the public distribution system that provides services to 27 million Iraqis, the agency said today.

Iraq: UN relief agencies focus on garbage collection, vaccination campaigns

United Nations relief agencies continued their rehabilitation efforts in Iraq today, ranging from garbage collection to vaccination campaigns to the possible revival of marshlands drained by the regime of Saddam Hussein.

Annan names UN human rights chief as Special Representative for Iraq

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has chosen Sergio Vieira de Mello, the UN’s top human rights official, to serve as his Special Representative in Iraq for a four-month period, according to a letter released today at UN Headquarters in New York.

UN relief agencies step up protection efforts in Iraq

In an effort to step up relief operations in Iraq despite the ongoing lack of security resulting from random looting, shooting and robberies, the United Nations top relief official in the country today organized the first meeting of the national working group on protection.