Annan discusses poverty and regional issues with Chilean President

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan discussed poverty, social policies and regional developments during talks today with Chile's President Ricardo Lagos on the first leg of his South American tour.

E-government can help meet globalization's challenges, UN-backed forum says

Governments at all stages of development face the challenges of 21st century globalization, which make "improved governance and public administration" necessary preconditions for sustainable development, the Fifth Global Forum on Re-inventing Government, supported by the United Nations, declared today.

Annan arrives in Chile for start of South American tour

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan arrived in the Chilean capital, Santiago de Chile, this morning for the first leg of his four-country South American tour.

Annan expresses sorrow over death of UN Volunteers chief

Secretary-General Kofi Annan expressed sadness today over the death of Sharon Capeling-Alakija, the head of the United Nations Volunteers programme, which supports human development globally by promoting volunteerism and by mobilizing volunteers.

Public sector must constantly challenge itself to improve - Annan

Governments must find initiatives that fit their own concerns and development agendas because there are no ready-made solutions to the challenges of governance, United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan told the Fifth Global Forum on Re-Inventing Government, meeting in Mexico City, Mexico.

Argentinian to helm UN economic commission for Latin America and Caribbean

A former Argentinian economic minister has been appointed Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).

Annan meets group of Brazilian lawmakers

United Nations reform was among the topics discussed during a meeting between Secretary-General Kofi Annan a delegation of Brazilian lawmakers yesterday.

Annan to conduct four-country South American tour next week

Secretary-General Kofi Annan is scheduled to start a four-country tour of South America next Tuesday.

Failure of Cancún talks could prove a blessing in disguise, UN trade official says

The failure of the recent Cancún summit to reach a deal on trade could actually provide a good base to re-start international negotiations, the head of a United Nations trade body told a meeting this week.

Award-winning musician Shakira joins UNICEF's goodwill ambassadors

Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Shakira has joined the bevy of celebrity goodwill ambassadors willing to use their worldwide fame to benefit children and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the world's largest advocacy organization for youngsters said today.