As more Colombians flee violence, UN agency opens office in nearby Venezuela

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.

Colombia: Annan envoy urges resumption of peace talks, end to rights abuses

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.

Driven by fighting at home, Colombians seek asylum abroad, UNHCR says

The United Nations refugees agency today reported that in recent months, the deteriorating conflict in Colombia has sent thousands of people to neighbouring countries and beyond in search of asylum.

Actress Angelina Jolie to be named UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador for refugees

American actress Angelina Jolie will be named Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the agency said today.

World Bank loans Uruguay $18.5 million to tackle foot and mouth disease

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.

New UN report foresees low growth rates for Latin America, Caribbean in 2001

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.

UNHCR welcomes proposed US law to protect refugees, asylum seekers

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today welcomed proposed legislation in the United States that would improve the treatment of refugees and asylum seekers.

Central America: UN food agency set to provide aid to 400,000 drought victims

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.