On 40th anniversary of G-77, Annan urges fairer access to development

As the world’s developing countries mark the 40th anniversary of the Group of 77 (G-77) – now grown to a coalition of 135 – United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has called for fairer access to development, warning that the world has become a much more unequal place than it was four decades ago.

UN spotlights top 10 issues that should garner more media coverage

The United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI) today shined the spotlight on the plight of child soldiers in Uganda, the crisis of children orphaned by AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa, and overfishing as a threat to marine biodiversity as it sought to raise awareness of some of the important international issues and developments that often do not get sufficient media attention.

Security Council approves UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti

The Security Council today unanimously approved a United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti to help stabilize the country, establish democratic institutions and eventually organize free and fair elections.

UN Commission on Sustainable Development ends 12th session

The international community must accelerate its pace towards the achievable goals of delivering safe drinking water, basic sanitation and shelter for the poor by 2015, the chairman of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development told the meeting's high-level ministerial segment as it wrapped up its 12th session today.

Glaring social inequalities impede Latin American, Caribbean development - UN

With poverty affecting 44 per cent of the inhabitants of Latin America and the Caribbean and social inequalities among “the highest in the world,” a senior United Nations official has called for coherent and effective programmes and domestic and external financing to remove these obstacles to the region’s development.

UN refugee agency spotlights plight of detained child asylum seekers in US

The United Nations refugee agency today spotlighted the plight of tens of thousands of asylum seekers detained in the United States, including more than 5,000 children held every year.

Experts on standardizing place names wrap up meeting at UN

A United Nations expert group on standardizing the way place names are spelt and pronounced, both locally and by the world at-large, wrapped up its latest session today at UN Headquarters in New York.

International agenda must include sustainable development, Annan says

Despite the war in Iraq, the international agenda must be balanced with attention to environmental protection, social progress and economic growth, especially as they concern water, sanitation and settlements, in the struggle to improve human welfare, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today.

Late UN envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello honoured with peace building award

Sergio Vieira de Mello, the late United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights who was killed last year while serving as the Secretary-General's envoy for Iraq, has been honoured by the East West Institute (EWI) with its annual 2004 Peace Building Award.

Security Council unanimously votes to keep WMDs out of terrorist hands

The United Nations Security Council today unanimously approved a binding resolution criminalizing the acquisition of weapons of mass destruction by such private parties as terrorists and black marketers.