UN and Nuclear Threat Initiative set up $500,000 fund to respond to disease outbreaks

A $500,000 emergency fund to boost the global response to infectious disease outbreaks - whether naturally occurring or from the release of biological weapons - was set up jointly today by the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) and the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI).

Experts examine 30 years of UN efforts to preserve world-renowned cultural sites

More than 500 experts convened in Venice today for the start of a three-day meeting to examine 30 years of efforts by the United Nations to preserve internationally renowned cultural and natural sites.

World Bank urges action to open markets to developing countries

On the eve of this weekend’s joint World Bank/International Monetary Fund (IMF) annual meeting, senior officials from the financial institutions called for rich nations to open their markets to goods from developing countries.

UN health agency publishes first-ever global reference guide for essential medicines

In a bid to promote the safe and cost-effective use of medicines, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today released a guide to help governments develop their own national prescription formulas.

Head of UN health agency says she will not seek re-election for second term

The head of the United Nations World Health Organization, Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, announced today that she would not seek a second term next year when the UN agency is scheduled to choose its next leader.

Link between trade and public health examined in UN study

A new United Nations report that examines the link between trade and public health suggests that policy makers can benefit from closer cooperation to ensure coherence between their different areas of responsibilities.

UN agency highlights links between health and human rights

In a bid to help governments develop a human rights approach to public health work, a new publication by the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) makes the case that protecting civil liberties can reduce vulnerability to and the affect of poor health.

In World Cup message, Annan hails impact of football on lives of children

The worldwide passion for football enables the sport to have a broader impact on the lives of millions around the world, particularly children, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in a message to the organizers of the World Cup tournament.

Annan says this year’s World Cup gives hope to underdogs

This year’s World Cup is giving hope to underdogs everywhere, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today.

World Cup fever spreads throughout UN peacekeeping missions

The peacekeeping contingents from the Republic of Korea (ROK) and Japan serving with the United Nations Mission of Support in East Timor (UNMISET) have launched a "Mini World Cup" to coincide with the international football tournament currently hosted by the two countries.