Colombia: civilians blockaded after fighting between army and irregulars – UN

Cut off by an armed blockade following intense fighting in southern Colombia between irregular armed groups and the military, local communities are suffering from a severe shortage of food and other essential items, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.

UN mission in Haiti defeats first effort to infiltrate a base

For the first time since the peacekeeping United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) arrived in the Caribbean country in mid-2004, bandits attempted today to infiltrate a mission base, but were defeated and lost one life, the mission said.

Mission in Haiti needs capacity for urban operations, UN peacekeeping chief says

The United Nations mission in Haiti is making slow headway on the many challenges it faces, but lacks specialized capabilities for the urban confrontations it experiences daily, the head of UN peacekeeping said today.

UN supports Haiti in trying to create a 'culture of dialogue' among opponents

With general elections scheduled for October, the interim Government of Haiti and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today wrapped up a two-day workshop bringing together all political factions and civil society to discuss the environment, the budget and anti-poverty strategies, with a view to making a peaceful transition, the UN mission said.

In robust fight against Haiti’s gangs, UN peacekeepers seek to avoid civilian casualties

With the security situation in parts of Port-au-Prince, the Haitian capital, remaining very tense, the United Nations peacekeeping mission has taken a robust posture to disrupt the activities of armed gangs and bring them to justice, while taking all possible measures to reduce the risk of civilian casualties.

UNICEF kicks off soccer partnership for the children of the Americas

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has formally kicked off its new partnership with the regional soccer federation for the Americas, with youngsters escorting players onto the field for the finals of a three-week long 10-country tournament highlighting education, fighting HIV/AIDS, child protection and conflict resolution.

Ecuador: UN expert calls for speedy action to resolve Supreme Court crisis

Measures taken by Ecuador’s Congress to resolve the crisis resulting from the illegal dismissal of the Supreme Court last year are insufficient and violate United Nations principles, and urgent action is needed to re-establish the rule of law, a top UN legal expert said at the end of his latest visit to the Andean country.

With UN support, Haitian women mobilize as election candidates

Following up on a United Nations seminar, a group of Haitian women have launched a support network for women candidates in the upcoming elections in the impoverished Caribbean country.

UNESCO chief condemns killing of journalists in Brazil and Haiti

Condemning the recent murder of journalists in Brazil and Haiti, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has yet again stressed that an attack on reporters is an attack on society itself.

Annan appoints experienced US project manager to head up plan to refurbish UN

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today appointed an experienced architectural and health-care consultant and project manager as his Assistant Secretary-General and Executive Director of the plan to overhaul the United Nations deteriorating New York Headquarters. Louis Frederick Reuter IV of the United States will succeed Toshiyuki Niwa of Japan, who left to join the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).