New $15 million loan from UN agency to assist rural Venezuelans

Poor farmers and wage-workers living in semi-arid rural areas of Venezuela will benefit from a water-management project agreed upon today between the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), which is lending $15 million and the Government of the country, which is contributing another $3 million.

UN-backed project helps Colombian refugees and Ecuadorians realize business dreams

A micro-credit system in Ecuador set up by the United Nations and a local foundation is fostering harmonious relations between Colombian refugees and the local population as the two groups work together to bring their small business dreams to fruition, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) reported today.

UN Law of Sea Tribunal extends deadline in case of Chile v. European Community

In a case concerning fishing that pits Chile against the European Community, the United Nations International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea today announced that it is extending the deadline on the proceedings for two years, through 1 January 2008.

Haiti: UN peacekeeper dies of bullet wound sustained during attack

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) today announced that one of its peacekeepers was fatally injured on Friday after he was shot in the head when his armoured vehicle came under attack in troubled Cité Soleil.

Canada first to ratify the UN cultural agency’s diversity convention

Canada has become the first State to ratify an international convention on retaining the rich diversity of the world’s means of cultural expression, now endangered by globalization, which was adopted last October by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

Guatemala: struggling to feed 300,000 people, UN agency faces funding shortfall

More than two months after Hurricane Stan struck Guatemala, and with only a few days left before Christmas, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is facing a funding shortfall of more than $8 million as it rushes non-stop aid to more than 300,000 people threatened by a major food security crisis.

Caribbean countries can benefit from their high migration, UN regional body says

Caribbean countries, with one of the highest net-migration rates in the world, may benefit from this movement by establishing “brain gain” networks for its diaspora and providing health and education services for foreigners, the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) says in a new report.

UN peacekeeper shot to death in Haiti

A United Nations peacekeeper was shot near a suburb of Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, and later died in a UN hospital of his wounds, the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) said.

Bolivia: Annan praises peaceful elections, offers UN assistance

Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who has closely followed developments in Bolivia ever since street protests led to the resignation of President Carlos Mesa earlier this year, today voiced satisfaction at Sunday’s peaceful elections and offered United Nations help in addressing the challenges that lie ahead.

Haiti: 3 UN peacekeepers injured in ambush

Three soldiers serving with the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) were injured in an attack on Friday, the UN reported today.