Annan welcomes agreement between government and opposition in Venezuela

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed the agreement signed between the Government of Venezuela and the opposition Coordinadora Democrática, and pledged continued United Nations support in helping the country to find peaceful solutions to its problems.

Pan American Health Organization set to vaccinate 15 million children

The United Nations World Health Organization’s (WHO) regional office for the Americas is set to launch the region’s first-ever Vaccination Week, with 19 countries mobilizing to immunize more than 15 million children under 5 and 2.7 million women of childbearing age.

Annan welcomes regional leaders’ declaration on Colombia

Reacting to a call by regional leaders for a peaceful end to the decades-long conflict in Colombia, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed their support for his continuing involvement in bringing about a negotiated settlement.

WHO puts Toronto back on SARS transmission list

The United Nations health agency has put Toronto, Canada, back on the list of areas with recent local transmission of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) following new reported clusters of 26 suspect and eight probable cases of the deadly disease linked to four area hospitals.

UN refugee agency ‘extremely concerned’ for Colombia’s indigenous people

The United Nations refugee agency expressed grave concern today over the impact of Colombia’s civil conflict on the country’s indigenous peoples, including forced displacement and reports of rape, and called upon all armed groups to respect the rights of the civilian population and guarantee the safety of humanitarian workers.

UN refugee chief confers with US on Afghanistan, West Africa and Iraq

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Ruud Lubbers, on a three-day visit to the United States ending today, has discussed humanitarian operations in Afghanistan, West Africa and Iraq with senior US officials.

Achieving self-rule for colonized people one of UN’s cardinal goals - Annan

With more than 80 million people now free to exercise their right to self-determination, thanks to United Nations assistance, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said decolonization could truly be considered a success story for the world body.

Chief of UN refugee agency heading to United States for official visit

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is set to embark tomorrow for his annual visit to the United States, where he is expected to meet with senior government officials in an effort to highlight the agency’s major operations that require greater attention and support.

UN requests $84 million for 'silent crisis' in Haiti

The United Nations team in Haiti has appealed for $84 million for an emergency programme to assist the country's poorest communities facing an unprecedented economic crisis and deteriorating social conditions that have largely gone unnoticed by the international media.

UN agency signs agreement with Colombia to strengthen refugee laws

The United Nations refugee agency has signed a landmark agreement with Colombia to strengthen the capacity of the country's authorities to legislate on internal displacement issues and protect the rights of asylum seekers.