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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.

Auction of World Cup 2002 memorabilia to benefit UNICEF

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) will receive the proceeds from an "unprecedented" online auction of football memorabilia set to run through the entire 2002 World Cup, the UN agency announced today.

Marking World Health Day, UN highlights benefits of active lifestyle

Commemorating World Health Day - marked each year on 7 April - United Nations officials are calling attention to the benefits of an active lifestyle in staving off disease and prolonging life.

UN economists warn of impending recession following terror attacks on US

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) warned today of an impending recession in three major economies - the United States, Europe and Japan - following the recent terror attacks against the US.

World Bank, UNDP launch inquiry on how to reform technical cooperation

A one-year inquiry aimed at reforming technical cooperation has been launched by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Bank Institute, according to a statement issued today by the international financial institution.