UN calls for renewed effort to eliminate iodine deficiency risk to mental health

The number of countries where iodine deficiency, a significant cause of mental development problems in children, is prevalent has halved over the past decade due mainly to a strategy of universal salt iodization, but 54 nations are still deficient, according to a new United Nations health agency report released today.

WHO launches centre for virtual information exchange to head off pandemics

After months of testing, the United National public health agency today opened an emergency response centre to head off illnesses that verge on becoming pandemic - such as bird flu and SARS - anywhere in the world in 48 hours.

China pledges more aid to UN World Food Programme in battle against hunger

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), the world’s largest humanitarian agency, and China – the world’s most populous country – have marked 25 years of partnership with a landmark agreement to combat global hunger with increased Chinese funding and expertise.

UN food agency advances into its fifth decade with the toss of a coin

Support for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) became legal tender in Europe today when the Italian Government dedicated its first commemorative euro coin to the agency as it begins its fifth decade of delivering food aid to the world's hungry.

Brazilian soccer star Kaká takes aim at world hunger as UN ambassador

Brazilian goal-scoring soccer star Kaká, whose astonishing performance at the age of 22 helped AC Milan win Italy’s national championship last season, will now take aim at an even more difficult goal as the United Nations World Food Programme’s (WFP) youngest Ambassador Against Hunger.

World population in 2300 could stabilize at 9 billion, UN estimates

The world's population three centuries from now will stabilize at 9 billion if fertility levels continue their decline, particularly in the developing world, but could also top more than 1.3 trillion if they remain unchanged from current rates, according to statistics released today by the United Nations.

Cathedral added, temple complex dropped from UN’s endangered list

Germany's Gothic Cathedral of Cologne and two Tanzanian Indian Ocean ports were added today to the 32 sites on the United Nations cultural organization's List of World Heritage in Danger because the cathedral risks being obscured by the tall buildings rising around it and the ports are suffering from lack of maintenance.

UN's World Heritage List adds first sites in DPR Korea and Andorra

Andorra and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) have had their first sites inscribed on the United Nations cultural agency's list of places to be preserved as part of the heritage of mankind.

UN cultural agency designates additions to World Heritage List

One of the world's fastest glaciers and a rainforest with thousands of plant species are among the natural sites designated for conservation, while a royal mud pyramid in sub-Saharan Africa and a European fortification in North Africa have joined the listed world's cultural heritage in architecture, the United Nations said today.

On World Telecommunication Day, Annan calls for eliminating 'digital divide'

One hundred and sixty years almost to the day after Samuel Morse ushered in the dawn of the telecommunications age with a simple series of dots and dashes sent by telegraph, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan appealed to the world today to eliminate the “digital divide” between rich and poor nations.