Annan urges US donors to support proposed global fund against AIDS

Building momentum on recent efforts to fight AIDS, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today took his rallying cry to Philadelphia, United States, where he urged a large gathering of the country's philanthropists to support a global fund aimed at tackling the epidemic.

Latest edition of UN Yearbook published

A 1,500 page reference work covering all major activities of the United Nations system in 1998 has been published by the UN Department of Public Information (DPI).

UN welcomes Summit of Americas pledge to support anti-poverty goals

The United Nations today welcomed the commitment by leaders of countries from throughout the Americas to support the anti-poverty goals set by the world body last year.

Calls for action heard as Security Council debates plight of civilians in conflict

The protection of civilians in armed conflict was the focus of a day-long debate in the Security Council today, with many participants stressing the need to translate words into action to help vulnerable people caught in the throes of war.

UN relief operation in El Salvador short of resources

A relief operation to feed earthquake victims in El Salvador is in serious danger of falling short of resources, the lead United Nations food agency announced today.

UN agencies, partners open Washington meeting aimed at fighting malaria

Responding to the growing threat posed by malaria, which causes over a million deaths a year, United Nations agencies and international partners today began a two-day meeting in Washington, D.C., aimed at fighting the disease.

Basic rights "continuously at risk" in Colombia, top UN rights official says

Fundamental human rights - particularly the right to life and personal security - are "continuously at risk" in Colombia, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said today in Geneva.

Latin America entering new century with well-documented social lag, UN reports

Latin America is entering the twenty-first century with a well-documented social lag, the United Nations economic commission for the region reports.

UN rights expert reports 'widespread and systematic' torture in Brazil jails

An expert of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights today reported that torture is "widespread and systematic" in police stations and custodial institutions in most parts of Brazil.

New UN report projects global economic slowdown spurred by US retrenchment

A downturn in the economies of developed countries, particularly the United States, has triggered a slowdown in the world economy, according to a new United Nations report released today.