Top UN rights official appoints personal envoy for Cuba

A long-standing member of a United Nations human rights panel has been named as the Personal Representative for Cuba of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

First woman set to lead UN health agency's regional office for Americas

The first woman to lead the regional office of the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) in the Americas will be sworn in later this week, the agency said today.

UN development agency teams with global fund to fight AIDS in Argentina

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has signed an agreement with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which will provide $12 million to fight AIDS in Argentina over the next two years.

Information technology meeting at UN aims to bridge digital divide in Caribbean

Preparing for the imminent launch of a digital network for the Caribbean, a key United Nations task force on technology and development opened a meeting today aimed at jump-starting efforts to create partnerships for information and communication technology initiatives.

Panamanians flee Colombian paramilitary attack, UN refugee agency says

The United Nations refugee agency today said that hundreds of indigenous people from Panama displaced by a brutal attack along the border by insurgents from Colombia have slowly begun to return to their homes.

Despite some positive initiatives, human rights in Guatemala deteriorating – UN expert

Despite some positive Government initiatives, the human rights situation in Guatemala is deteriorating, according to a United Nations expert.

Annan offers UN help following deadly earthquake in Mexico

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today offered United Nations assistance after a deadly earthquake struck Mexico last night.

ICJ hears opening arguments as Mexico challenges death penalty cases in US

Oral arguments began today at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in a case submitted by Mexico claiming the United States violated an international treaty that guarantees people access to their country's diplomatic missions when accused of a crime in a foreign country.

Annan, President Chávez discuss issues surrounding G-77, crisis in Venezuela

With Venezuela handing over chairmanship of the Group of 77 developing countries today at United Nations Headquarters in New York, Secretary-General Kofi Annan took the occasion to meet with President Hugo Chávez to discuss several issues concerning the caucus and well as the situation in that country.

UN rights experts condemn slaying of Guatemalan indigenous leaders

United Nations human rights experts today condemned the assassinations of two prominent Guatemalan indigenous leaders, whose bodies were discovered late last month.