Experts say African debt relief is important funding for development - UN

Experts gathered in Dakar, Senegal, have concluded that the international community's financing of African debt relief is an important way of funding the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) designed to eliminate extreme poverty by 2015, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) said today.

Some 5.5 million Iraqi students to get textbooks thanks to UN fund transfer

Some 5.5 million Iraqi students and 25,000 teacher trainees will receive textbooks for the next academic year under a funding agreement approved by a United Nations Security Council committee.

UN relief organizations in Iraq to take extra security measures following attacks

United Nations humanitarian organizations in Iraq are preparing to take extra security measures following the killing of two workers for international organizations earlier this week, a senior UN spokesman said in Baghdad today.

Unexploded ordnance continues to kill Iraqi children - UNICEF

The conflict in Iraq may be over but children continue to be killed and maimed at a steady pace by the remnants of war - coalition cluster bombs looking like toys, thousands of tons of Iraqi munitions abandoned in residential areas and leaking missiles lying around Baghdad - the United Nations children's agency said today.

UN food supplies to Iraq surpass one million tons since April

With the Iraqi port of Umm Qasr becoming a key entry point for humanitarian supplies, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today it had already brought more than one million tons of food into the country since April, enough to feed the entire population for two months.

ECOSOC and four UN agencies discuss ways to harmonize cooperation

The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), holding its annual session in Geneva, met today with four top officials of the world body’s agencies to examine ways of enhancing cooperation for international development.

Lack of security still hampering UN's humanitarian operations in Iraq

Lack of security remains a source of concern for United Nations operations in Iraq and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) has been forced to temporarily withdraw from the Al Hurriya warehouse in Baghdad following ongoing unrest and theft, a spokesman said today.

UN urges donors to make up shortfall in humanitarian appeal for Iraq

The United Nations today appealed to donor countries to make up an outstanding $259 million in funding needed to carry out its humanitarian relief operations in Iraq through to the end of the year.

UN set to launch appeal for additional $259 million in relief aid to Iraq

The United Nations will launch a new humanitarian appeal for Iraq next week calling for $259 million to cover relief operations until the end of the year.

UN envoy continues talks with Iraqi politicians, jurists, journalists

United Nations envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello, in a second week of talks with a wide spectrum of Iraqi society, today met with the head of the Iraqi Constitutional Monarchists Movement, Sherif Ali Bin Hussein, who told him the UN should not only play a humanitarian role but also be active in the political and reconstruction spheres.