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.
An envoy of United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today appealed to all sides in the conflict in Colombia to end the growing abuses against the civilian population and to make a renewed effort to negotiate in order to avoid an all-out war.
The World Bank has approved an $18.5 million loan to Uruguay to support the Foot and Mouth Disease Emergency Recovery Project - the Bank's first urgent operation to help alleviate the economic impact of an outbreak.
With growth rates down to 2 per cent, or about half of what they were last year, 2001 is shaping up to be a disappointing year for the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, according to the most recent estimates from the United Nations office in the region.
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is set to provide food to more than 400,000 people in Central America, where many have lost almost all of their crops due to the severe drought affecting the region, the agency reported today.