Americas

General Assembly's high-level debate not likely before late October - UN officials

Senior New York City officials have told the United Nations that its annual high-level General Assembly debate - which normally attracts the participation of national leaders from around the world but was postponed following the terrorist attacks against the United States - should not be held before October or early November.

UN staff raise over $100,000 for victims of terror attacks against US

United Nations staff members have raised over $100,000 for a special relief fund set up by their union to help victims of the 11 September terror attacks against the World Trade Center in New York.

Most Guatemalans have yet to feel benefits of peace, UN mission reports

The lack of implementation of key commitments contained in Guatemala's peace agreements has prevented widespread enjoyment of economic, social and cultural rights by the country's population, according to a report released today at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

UN must be fully engaged in anti-terror fight, Security Council President says

Asserting that the United Nations "can, and indeed, must" be fully engaged in the fight against terrorism, the President of the Security Council said today that the 15-member body is exploring its specific role in that effort.

Staff at UN donate over $87,000 to fund for terror victims

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today contributed $25,000 to a special relief fund set up by the United Nations Staff Union for victims of last week's terror attacks against the United States.

Guatemala's indigenous people still face widespread discrimination: UN report

Indigenous people in Guatemala still face racial, ethnic and cultural discrimination despite the Government's signing of a human rights agreement over seven years ago, the United Nations Verification Mission in the country said today.

Annan, Chirac call for broad coalition to fight terrorism

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and French President Jacques Chirac today stressed the importance of building a broad international coalition in the fight against terrorism.

Annan welcomes new US envoy as Ted Turner brings cheque to back US-UN ties

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today received the credentials of the new United States Permanent Representative to the UN, John D. Negroponte, who later joined Mr. Annan in welcoming American philanthropist Ted Turner as he presented a cheque for over $31 million to help cover US dues to the world body.

Terror attacks underscore need for nuclear disarmament, UN official says

The terrorist attacks against the United States on 11 September underscore the need to cut the world's arsenal of nuclear weapons, according to a top United Nations disarmament official.

Central America: UN agency brings emergency aid to drought-affected farmers

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has started emergency projects for the drought-stricken farmers and their families in Guatemala, Nicaragua and El Salvador.