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UN Radio: WHO Boss Assumes Office And Pledges To Fight HIV/AIDS

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  • WHO Boss Assumes Office And Pledges To Fight HIV/AIDS

    The new Director-General of the WHO, Dr Lee Jong Wook of Korea, has assumed leader of the organisation today and pledged to intensify the global war against HIV/AIDS. Dr Jong Wook who was speaking to staff of the WHO in Geneva said that global health work must be guided by an ethical vision. He said the international community must deploy fresh political will and new technologies to combat HIV/AIDS:

    "We must scale up an intergrated global HIV/AIDS strategy linking prevention, care and treatment, prioritizing poor and undeserved areas. I am therefore constituting an HIV/AIDS leadership team to ensure that WHO, working with local, national and international partners, will be at the forefront of this effort."

    The new Director-General, who has taken over from Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland of Norway, stressed that the WHO will be guided by principles of loyalty, transparency and a commitment to excellence.

    UN Secretary-General calls for Urgent and Prompt Deployment of Peacekeepers in Liberia

    UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, has called for the urgent and prompt deployment of peacekeeping troops in Liberia to end the suffering of the people in that country. Mr. Annan urged ECOWAS governments and the United States Government to make preparations to move in. The Secretary-General, who was speaking to the media on Monday morning, also appealed to the rebels of the Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD) movement to respect the ceasefire and understand that they would be held accountable for any humanitarian disaster the fighting causes in Monrovia. In the capital itself, Mohammed Siryon, who works for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, OCHA, says nearly twenty people were killed today when mortars shells fell on a displaced people's camp near the American Embassy:

    "People have become so desperate that they took the bodies and deposited them in front of the American embassy as a way of expressing their grief and anger and what not. They have all along called on the US Embassy to intervene in this crisis and unfortunately up to the present the US Embassy has not intervened."

    He added that OCHA and other humanitarian agencies have been unable to distribute food or deal with diseases because of the latest flare-up in fighting in Monrovia.

    UN Member States Finalise Discussions on Combating Worldwide Corruption

    Delegates from more than a hundred UN member states have resumed discussions in Vienna against corruption. Negotiations on what actually constitutes corruption and how to tackle it effectively have been going for the past two years and the final convention is expected to be signed at the end of this year. Some of the key issues are assets recovery and how to sahre information on corruption, among nations.
    The spokesman for the UN Office on Drugs and Crime Kermal Kurspahic says corruption is a global problem affecting both rich and poor countries:

    "Corruption really affects both poor and rich countries. Of course, it affects more poor countries because of their lack of resources. So when corrupt officials take out millions of dollars or even billions of dollars in case of some African or probably Latin American countries then of course they are more affected because they don't have resourced."

    Spokesman Kermal Kurspahic also highlighted that fact that corruption undermined good governance and the rule of law.

    UN Mission in Kosovo Condemns Attacks in Pristina

    The UN Senior Police officer in Kosovo, Stefan Feller has condemned a spate of attacks that appear aimed at UN officials and offices in Pristina. In the latest such incident, two explosions went off last night in Pristina in a police station housing UN personnel and in a court building used by UN officials. The Police spokesman for UNMIK, Derrick Chappell says these attacks are connected to last Wednesday's war crimes ruling against four ethnic Albanians - a senior former rebel commander and three of his associates:

    "We have had a series of seven attacks against judicial targets since the delivery of this war crimes verdict on Wednesday afternoon. All of this follow a pattern, we are convinced that these are the actions of a small group of extremist that cannot the results of a judicial ruling."

    UNMIK spokesman Derrick Chappell.

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