The world community must set aside individual disagreements and develop a global plan to fight discrimination, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today as the World Conference against Racism opened in Durban, South Africa.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, today said delegates meeting in Durban, South Africa, at the World Conference against Racism should focus on its fundamental aims and devise new strategies to fight the scourge.
Underscoring the destabilizing and harmful effects of the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons, the Security Council today requested Secretary-General Kofi Annan to submit a set of recommendations on how the 15-member body can respond to the problem.
There were no reported problems as vote-counting got underway in East Timor this morning - one day after the territory's first democratic elections, according to the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET).
Reacting to the Taliban's reported detention of aid workers trying to help the beleaguered people of Afghanistan, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged the group to assure the security of humanitarian personnel in the country.
The United Nations refugee agency today proposed a plan to resolve the stalemate that has kept more than 450 people - mostly Afghans - aboard a container ship off Christmas Island for the past five days.
For the second time in its history, the United Nations Security Council today held a public wrap-up discussion of its work for the month, led by the delegation of Colombia, which held the presidency for August.
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today announced the suspension of its screening programme for Afghans living in Pakistan after the country's authorities deported 28 families.
Ethnic Albanians using side roads continued to return to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia from Kosovo at a rate of about 2,000 a day despite blockages of main roads by ethnic Macedonians opposed to their return, the United Nations refugee agency said today.
Seeking to protect Colombians fleeing armed conflict in their home country, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is set to officially open a field office today in San Cristobal, Venezuela, near the Colombian border.