UN hails Global Fund approval of $2.9 billion to fight AIDS, TB and malaria

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria today approved new grants totalling $2.9 billion, drawing immediate praise from the United Nations.

Latin America and Caribbean countries must invest more in health - Annan

While praising Latin American and Caribbean countries for integrating population issues into national policies, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan is calling for more investment in universal access to health and education in the region.

Aid to poor countries should focus on building good economies - UN report

Improving the effectiveness of aid to poor countries requires a focus on economic infrastructure, according to a new United Nations report discussed today by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in New York.

Fréchette urges wealthy nations to remove or cut agricultural subsidies

Calling on the world's rich countries to revitalize stalled international trade and development talks, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Louise Fréchette today urged them to eliminate or at least reduce "the crippling effect" of agricultural subsidies on the world's poorest and least developed nations.

UN officials urge action on behalf of 700 million people in world's poorest States

With the world's 50 poorest countries - home to 700 million people - struggling to tackle poverty, senior United Nations officials today urged attention to their plight as the annual meeting of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) began in New York.

UN rights experts seek access to prisoners in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantánamo

Noting serious alarm in the international community about certain detention conditions, nearly three dozen United Nations human rights experts today called for UN access to those people who have been "arrested, detained or tried on grounds of alleged terrorism or other violations in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Guantánamo military base and elsewhere."

UN force takes over peacekeeping operation in Haiti

The United Nations today took over responsibility for the peacekeeping operation in Haiti from the United States-led multinational force at a ceremony in the capital, Port-au-Prince.

Attention to social and environmental issues key to business success - UN report

Environmental and social issues need to be integrated into business practices or companies across the globe risk a long-term threat to shareholder value, says a new report released today by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Visit to Darfur region to mark centrepiece of Annan's three-week official trip

Secretary-General Kofi Annan begins a three-week official trip to the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe this weekend, highlighted by a visit to the Darfur region of Sudan - which has been described by senior United Nations officials recently as the scene of the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

Corporate leaders at UN summit pledge to battle graft and corruption

Chief executives from around the globe agreed today to battle graft and corruption in addition to recommitting themselves to United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Global Compact initiative, which promotes good corporate practices in human rights, labour and the environment.