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UNESCO Experts Ready to Assist Reconstruction of Iconic Notre Dame

Two-thirds of the largely medieval roof of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris have "gone" after the devastating fire in Paris on Monday evening, but UN cultural experts are standing by to offer help where it is needed in rebuilding the iconic structure.

SOP newswireUN Assembly to meet today to appoint Ban Ki-moon as next Secretary-General - The United Nations General Assembly is set today to officially appoint Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon of the Republic of Korea as the world body’s next Secretary-General, to succeed Kofi Annan when he steps down on 31 December.
SOP newswireSupport Grows for North Korea Sanctions, U.N. Envoy Bolton Says - United Nations -- The United States continues to press for a Security Council vote to impose sanctions on North Korea for its October 9 reported nuclear test.
SOP newswireIraqi government moves forward despite violence, other challenges - Iraq's young government is making significant progress despite recent violence, the spokesman for Multi-National Force - Iraq said at a press briefing here Monday.
SOP newswireSecurity Council To Proceed with Iran Sanctions, Ministers Declare - With Iran's continuing refusal to suspend its nuclear enrichment program, the U.N. Security Council will begin discussions on imposing mandatory sanctions, according to an October 6 statement issued in London by the foreign ministers of the council's permanent members
SOP newswireSecurity Council members 'strongly condemn' nuclear test by DPR Korea - The United Nations today strongly condemned the reported nuclear test by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), calling it “a grave challenge” that violates international norms, aggravates regional tensions and creates serious security issues for the world community.
SOP newswireStatement by the President on North Korea - THE PRESIDENT: Last night the government of North Korea proclaimed to the world that it had conducted a nuclear test.
SOP newswireDespite Challenges, Promising Trajectory in Afghanistan - The following column by U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld was published in the October 7 edition of The Washington Post and is in the public domain. There are no republication restrictions.
SOP newswireAmbassador Bolton says Sudanese warnings created atmosphere of intimidation - Facing strong objections by the United States and other nations, Sudan has withdrawn its warning to countries potentially supplying troops to a U.N. peacekeeping force in Darfur, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton said.
SOP newswireDarfur's aid operations in jeopardy, warns Annan - Sudan"s war-torn region of Darfur has reached a critical stage, with humanitarian groups at risk of withdrawing or drastically reducing their
SOP newswireIvorian leaders must show restraint and pursue dialogue, Says Annan - Deploring inflammatory remarks and threats made by a political leader in Côte d’Ivoire against a grouping of neighbouring states working to bring stability to the divided country, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged all Ivorian parties to show restraint and pursue dialogue. He warned that anyone who incites violence will be held accountable by the international
SOP newswireUnited States, Botswana Sign Debt-for-Nature Agreements - The United States and Botswana signed a series of debt reduction agreements October 5 that will generate funds to help conserve and restore Botswana's tropical forests, including the ecologically fragileOkavango Delta and Chobe National Park regions.
SOP newswireUN study proposes new guidelines for corporate reporting on environment, labour rights - It is clear that regulation by itself cannot provide all the answers, UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner told an international conference in Amsterdam at the launch of new guidelines for reporting on key elements of the UN Global Compact, Secretary-General
SOP newswireIsrael and Hizbollah committed major violations during the recent conflict: UN experts - Criticizing violations of human rights and humanitarian law by both Israel and Hizbollah in the recent 34-day conflict in Lebanon, four independent United Nations rights experts today called for further investigations to determine whether war crimes were committed.
SOP newswireMilitary Alone Will Not Secure Afghanistan, Says NATO Commander - Washington --NATO"s top general says that Afghanistan"s future will not be secured by military force alone.
SOP newswireViet Nam: UN sends assessment teams to regions struck by typhoon - United Nations agencies today sent three joint assessment missions to regions of Viet Nam struck by Typhoon Xangsane, which damaged nearly 230,000 houses and forced the evacuation of some 40,000 people.
SOP newswireNorth Korean Nuclear Test Would Be A Very Provocative Act - Washington -- Should North Korea make good on its threat to test nuclear weapons, it would be regarded as "a very provocative act" that would "create a qualitatively different situation on the Korean
SOP newswireSecretary General of NATO, Mr. Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, will travel to Sintra - The Secretary General of NATO, Mr. Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, will travel to Sintra, Portugal on 5October 2006 to chair the fifth Informal High-Level NATO-Ukraine Consultations with participation of Defence Ministers and other senior officials from Ukraine and NATO countries. The conference is coorganised by NATO and the Portuguese Atlantic Committee
SOP newswireU.S. Hails Preliminary Vote for New U.N. Secretary-General - United Nations -- The United States is "very pleased with the outcome" of a U.N. Security Council vote that puts South Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Ban Ki-moon in position to be formally elected as the eighth secretary-general
SOP newswireNewly Passed Act Will Help Halt Iran's Weapons Program, Bush Says - Washington -- The Iran Freedom Support Act, which won final congressional approval September 30, will enhance efforts to halt Iran's uranium enrichment and weapons development programs and bolster U.S. support for democracy-building efforts in the country, President Bush says.
SOP newswireUnited States, Kazakhstan Agree on Key Nonproliferation Project - Washington -- The United States and Kazakhstan have reached an agreement-in-principle on a key nuclear nonproliferation project, the U.S. Department of Energy has announced.
SOP newswireProbe into Israeli killing of UN monitors - A board of inquiry into an Israeli attack in Lebanon that killed four United Nations military observers in July had no access to the commanders involved and was therefore unable to determine why the attacks were not halted despite repeated appeals from UN personnel, Secretary-General
SOP newswireU.N. General Assembly Off to the Right Start, U.S. Official Says - United Nations -- The 61st U.N. General Assembly got off to a good start by emphasizing the desperate situation in Darfur, the Middle East peace process and the need for Iran to suspend uranium enrichment, says Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations Kristin Silverberg.
SOP newswireLebanon: UN force tends to humanitarian needs following Israeli-Hizbollah conflict - The newly reinforced United Nations peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon has taken on a humanitarian dimension, clearing roads, treating the sick and distributing water although this in not its primary function, with individual
SOP newswireMinisters to review operations transformation in Portoroz - NATO’s Afghanistan mission, other Alliance operations and its transformation will be the focus of informal consultations of Defence Ministers in Slovenia, 28-29 September, the last meeting of Ministers prior to the Riga Summit.
SOP newswireState Department calls for quick handover of power by Thai Council - Washington -- The Bush administration remains concerned over the decision by the Thai ruling council, which seized power September 19 in a military coup, to limit freedom of expression, and calls on the council to honor its stated commitment to return Thailand to the civilian control as quickly as possible.
SOP newswirePakistan's Musharraf Expresses Thanks for U.S. Earthquake Relief - Washington – Help from the United States, especially Chinook helicopters, was invaluable in conveying relief supplies to devastated areas of Pakistan following a massive October 2005 earthquake, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf told an audience in Washington, September 22.
SOP newswireUN envoy to Iraq urges Government to commute sentences of people on death row - Expressing “deep concern” that over 140 persons have been sentenced to death and over 50 executed since 2004 in Iraq, the senior United Nations envoy to the war-torn country today urged the Government to commute the sentences of those on death row
SOP newswireCabinet members attend Australia meeting aimed at reviving WTO negotiations By Bruce Odessey - Washington -- The United States continues to offer flexibility in modifying its agricultural trade proposal to revive suspended World Trade Organization (WTO) negotiations, U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab says.
SOP newswireRice says Palestinian government must be committed to peace - United Nations -- The Quartet for Middle East peace September 20 endorsed the efforts of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to form a government of national unity and recognized the need to continue humanitarian aid to the Palestinian people.
SOP newswireAt UN meeting, Quartet hopes new Palestinian government leads to renewed engagement - A high-level meeting at the United Nations of key international partners in the Middle East peace process today welcomed efforts to form a Palestinian national unity government in the hope that it would commit to non-violence and recognize Israel’s right to exist, thus allowing for renewed engagement.
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