UN rights envoy appeals to Fidel Castro to pardon jailed Cubans

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights’ personal representative for Cuba has appealed to President Fidel Castro to pardon 50 Cubans sentenced to long prison terms recently on charges of treason.

UN visitors' entrance closed, tours suspended because of 'suspicious package'

The United Nations closed the visitors' entrance at its New York headquarters for several hours today and suspended its morning tours after a suspicious package described as a bag with a canister inside was found at the tent outside the entryway.

UN agency welcomes refugee protection resolution by 34 states in the Americas

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today welcomed a resolution adopted by 34 States in the Americas calling on countries to enact national mechanisms to protect refugees, stateless and internally displaced persons in accordance with international standards.

PAHO lauds 10 Latin America countries for negotiating discounts for HIV drugs

The United Nations World Health Organization's (WHO) regional office for the Americas today praised 10 Latin American countries for successfully negotiating with pharmaceutical companies a price reduction of drugs for HIV/AIDS treatment, saving up to $120 million a year.

Colombia: UNICEF welcomes demobilization of 40 child soldiers

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) today welcomed the release of 40 child soldiers by a paramilitary group in Colombia and is preparing to reintegrate them back into society with school as the top priority.

UN rights official expresses concern over murdered Guatemalan activist

A senior United Nations rights official has expressed grave concern over the recent murder of a human rights activist in Guatemala.

Colombia: civilians deliberately targeted in fight to control land, UN official says

In Colombia, civilians are not only caught in crossfire, they are also directly targeted as part of a strategy to control land and routes, a senior United Nations relief official said today at the end of his three-day mission to that country.

Colombian named top UN official for economic and social affairs

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today appointed José Antonio Ocampo of Colombia as Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs.

Annan discusses world's hot spots with US Secretary of State Powell

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan discussed a wide range of international issues with United States Secretary of State Colin Powell today, touching on the Middle East, Iraq, UN operations in Congo, Liberia, Myanmar and Zimbabwe.

UN official in charge of Afghan reconstruction named chief of UN project office

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today appointed the deputy envoy in charge of reconstruction in Afghanistan as the next head of the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), the branch of the world body that manages project resources to help developing nations and countries in transition.