Colombia: UN human rights expert to probe violence against women in conflict

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women, Radhika Coomaraswamy, is set to visit Colombia on the invitation of its Government to investigate violence against women in the country's armed conflict.

White substance found in UN building tests negative for anthrax

A white substance found at United Nations Headquarters in New York has tested negative for anthrax, but not before some staff members were put on antibiotics as a precautionary measure, a UN spokesman reported today.

Annan's envoy for Colombia appointed President of Norwegian Red Cross

The senior adviser of United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Colombia has been named the next President of the Norwegian Red Cross, a UN spokesman said today.

Four UN human rights experts voice outrage at murder of Mexican activist

United Nations human rights experts today issued a joint statement voicing their deep sadness and outrage over last week's murder in Mexico City of renowned Mexican human rights lawyer Digna Ochoa y Plácido.

Top UN human rights official condemns murder of Mexican activist

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, today condemned the killing of a Mexican human rights activist, Digna Ochoa, and called on the authorities to launch a vigorous probe into the crime.

Fighting poverty crucial for democracy building in Central America: UN report

Combating poverty is just as important as ensuring the foundations for good governance when building a democratic political culture in Central America, Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a report issued today in New York.

New Security Council counter-terrorism panel making progress, chairman says

Work is progressing well in the United Nations Security Council committee monitoring the implementation of a broad counter-terrorism resolution adopted in the wake of last month's terrorist attacks against the United States, the panel's chairman said today.

WFP appoints George McGovern as Global Ambassador on hunger

United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Catherine Bertini today named former United States Senator George McGovern as the agency's first Global Ambassador on Hunger.

Colombian peace process 'in crisis,' UN envoy warns

Pointing to new difficulties in the talks between the rebel Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the country's government, a United Nations envoy warned today that the peace process in Colombia was in crisis.

Some 500 participants attend Brazil forum on Annan's 'Global Compact' initiative

Some 500 participants gathered in Brazil today to discuss Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Global Compact initiative - an effort to involve business in upgrading environmental, labour and human rights conditions, and to bring the benefits of globalization to more people worldwide.