Political stability needed for effective international aid to Haiti, Annan says

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has reiterated the United Nations' commitment to assisting the Government of Haiti in its quest for democracy and development, while stressing that political reconciliation is key to addressing the country's widespread poverty and receiving aid from the donor community, according to a just-issued report to the General Assembly.

UN predicts slower growth in Latin America because of sharp US downturn

The sharp decline in the economy of the United States will slow growth rates in Latin America this year, according to a just-released report produced by the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).

Annan hails President Bush's contribution to global fund against AIDS

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today hailed the announcement by United States President George Bush of a $200 million US contribution to a global fund proposed last month by Mr. Annan in an effort to mobilize global resources in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Back from Washington, Annan says US administration wants UN dues paid

Following meetings today with United States President George W. Bush and other senior US officials in Washington, D.C., Secretary-General Kofi Annan said they had indicated their desire to honour the country's financial obligations to the world body.

Annan says US should not punish UN after losing rights commission seat

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today expressed the hope that the United States would regain the seat it recently lost on the United Nations Human Rights Commission, but stressed that in the meantime the US should not punish the Organization by placing conditions on the payment of outstanding dues.

Annan praises US human rights record after country loses seat on UN rights body

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today said he understood the United States' disappointment at not being re-elected to the United Nations' top human rights body, but voiced hope that the country would remain engaged in the UN's work in that field, his spokesman told reporters in New York.

UN, US begin new decade on better footing - Annan

With the removal of the dues question as a "needless irritant," the United States and the United Nations can move forward on a new path of greater cooperation, Secretary-General Kofi Annan told a group of former US Ambassadors in New York today.

Monterrey, Mexico, chosen as venue for UN forum on financing for development

Next year's major United Nations conference on financing for development will be held in the Mexican city of Monterrey, a representative of Mexico announced today at UN headquarters.

Annan urges US donors to support proposed global fund against AIDS

Building momentum on recent efforts to fight AIDS, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today took his rallying cry to Philadelphia, United States, where he urged a large gathering of the country's philanthropists to support a global fund aimed at tackling the epidemic.

Latest edition of UN Yearbook published

A 1,500 page reference work covering all major activities of the United Nations system in 1998 has been published by the UN Department of Public Information (DPI).