Working with Iraqi people top priority for UN mission, Annan and envoy say

Secretary-General Kofi Annan and his newly appointed Special Representative for Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello, both stressed today that the top priority for the United Nations in the war-shattered country would be to work with the Iraqi people in establishing a sovereign state with full respect for human rights.

UN aid agencies step up Iraq air service, help Iranian refugees go home

United Nations relief agencies have launched a full-scale humanitarian air service for the Iraq crisis and engineered the first repatriation of Iranian refugees from the country in nearly a year.

Iraq: UN agencies face challenges brought on by looters and shot-up water pipes

From so-called "Ali Babas" who steal the vehicles of repairmen while they are working atop power lines to trigger-happy citizens shooting up water pipes to steal fresh water, United Nations relief agencies in Iraq today described some of the problems they face on the ground.

Top UN officials warn lawlessness in Iraq hindering relief efforts

Top United Nations officials went before the Security Council today to deplore the breakdown of law and order in Iraq, which they said was severely undercutting the world body's ability to bring humanitarian aid to a needy civilian population.

Iraq: UN relief official visits looted facilities in Baghdad, warns of risk of illness

The top United Nations relief official in Iraq today drew attention to the looting that had been occurring at a number of public facilities around Baghdad, and warned of the risk of illness and malnutrition resulting from untreated sewage.

UN agencies push on with relief work in Iraq

United Nations relief agencies continued to step up their activities in Iraq today, both from the overall standpoint of general coordination and from the more specific focus of settling special issues.

Iraq: senior UN relief official discusses lack of security with US authorities

The United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator flew into Iraq today and asked the United States authorities to address the lack of security, which has been seriously impeding UN abilities to deliver badly needed humanitarian aid.

Iraq: UN rights chief calls on US to preserve past abuse evidence at mass graves

The top United Nations human rights official today called on the United States and its coalition partners to ensure the immediate protection and integrity of mass grave sites in Iraq in order to preserve evidence of serious human rights violations committed by the ousted government.

Top UN relief official in Iraq meets top US civilian on security, food procurement

The top United Nations relief official in Iraq met with the top United States civilian official there today to discuss the lack of security hampering UN relief efforts, and the use of money from the UN Oil-for-Food programme to pay Iraqi farmers for the upcoming spring harvest.

Iraq: Annan believes Security Council will produce 'helpful' resolution

As United Nations relief agencies continued to increase their presence in Iraq, with more than 250 international staff now back in the country, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today he believed the Security Council would be able to produce a "helpful" resolution on the UN's role there.