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).

UN welcomes Summit of Americas pledge to support anti-poverty goals

The United Nations today welcomed the commitment by leaders of countries from throughout the Americas to support the anti-poverty goals set by the world body last year.

Calls for action heard as Security Council debates plight of civilians in conflict

The protection of civilians in armed conflict was the focus of a day-long debate in the Security Council today, with many participants stressing the need to translate words into action to help vulnerable people caught in the throes of war.

UN relief operation in El Salvador short of resources

A relief operation to feed earthquake victims in El Salvador is in serious danger of falling short of resources, the lead United Nations food agency announced today.

UN agencies, partners open Washington meeting aimed at fighting malaria

Responding to the growing threat posed by malaria, which causes over a million deaths a year, United Nations agencies and international partners today began a two-day meeting in Washington, D.C., aimed at fighting the disease.

Basic rights "continuously at risk" in Colombia, top UN rights official says

Fundamental human rights - particularly the right to life and personal security - are "continuously at risk" in Colombia, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said today in Geneva.