7 years after UN-brokered accord, Guatemalans reaffirm pledge to peace, democracy

Seven years after a United Nations-brokered peace treaty put an end to over three decades of war in Guatemala, civil society representatives pledged today to consolidate democracy and stability in the country.

UN refugee agency concerned over attacks on rights workers in Colombia

A spate of attacks on human rights workers and organizations in Colombia has prompted the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to call for an investigation.

World Court begins deliberations on case involving Mexicans on death row in US

With the conclusion of public hearings in a case Mexico brought against the United States over the rights of death row prisoners, judges at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) have begun deliberations on their ruling.

Latin America and Caribbean show some economic improvement, UN reports

The regional economy of Latin America and the Caribbean grew 1.5 per cent in 2003 and should continue that upward trend in the months to come, but the improvement does not offset the stagnation of recent years, the United Nations economic commission for the region, ECLAC, says.

Colombia: Annan calls for release of kidnapped persons and renewed dialogue

As the holiday season approaches, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called on the parties in Colombia's long-running civil conflict to release any civilians they have kidnapped and renew dialogue towards ending the violence.

UN member countries sign anti-corruption treaty in Merida, Mexico

Representatives of more than 120 governments met in Merida, Mexico, today for the start of a three-day conference at which they will sign the first legally binding international agreement to tackle corruption, a convention approved by the United Nations General Assembly in October.

UN agency to boost Brazil's twin-track Zero Hunger Programme

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today it had signed a $5.8 million agreement with the government of Brazil, strengthening its collaboration and support of the country's twin-track Zero Hunger Programme, which aims to address the root causes of poverty that result in hunger.

Guatemala's human rights record is worsening, says UN mission

Guatemala's human rights record deteriorated sharply during the year ending June, with police violations increasing and impunity becoming the norm, according to the United Nations mission in the Central American country.

UN meeting will examine how indigenous communities protect biodiversity

A United Nations conference of more than 300 delegates, meeting in Montreal, Canada, next week, will focus on how the preservation, maintenance and promotion of the traditional knowledge of indigenous and local communities helps to protect biological diversity.

UNESCO chief condemns murder of Honduran journalist

The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today condemned the assassination of a Honduran television journalist, who had reported on coffee and cattle smuggling and criticized a cyanide spill.