World Court finds for Mexico in death row case involving US

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) today ruled that the United States has breached its obligations under an international convention to 51 Mexicans on death row in US jails when it did not inform them of their right to contact their consular representatives "without delay" after their arrest.

UN joint report says more women getting prenatal care in developing countries

The number of women in developing countries receiving prenatal care has risen 20 per cent since 1990, with the lowest percentage being in South Asia, according to a joint report issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).

Fighting displaces indigenous people from western Colombia, UN agency says

More than 1,200 Colombians from indigenous communities recently fled their ancestral homelands near the border with Panama because of heavy fighting between left-wing and right-wing forces, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today.

UN working group drafts guide on legislation for secured credit transactions

In a bid to make access to low-cost credit easier in many countries, and therefore promote economic development, a working group of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) has drafted a legislative guide on secured transactions, or loans that are guaranteed by collateral.

Arrangements for Security Council anti-terror committee kept until changes take effect

After recently agreeing to a new structure for its Counter-terrorism Committee (CTC), the United Nations Security Council today confirmed that the current operational arrangements of the Committee's bureau will remain until the new changes take effect.

Annan's adviser recommends long-term UN presence in post-conflict Haiti

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan's special adviser on Haiti today called for a long-term international presence of some 20 years in the Caribbean country as it recovered from a series of reverses, but he said that mission must give ownership of reconstruction programmes to Haitians themselves.

UN peacekeeping chief tells of major challenges ahead as missions expand

With the Security Council set to create or expand its peacekeeping missions “on an almost unprecedented scale,” the United Nations faces considerable political, logistical, recruitment and security challenges, the UN’s most senior peacekeeping official said today.

UN official urges end to cotton subsidies that come at expense of poor farmers

As the World Trade Organization (WTO) holds talks this week in Geneva, a senior United Nations official has urged an end to cotton subsidies that distort the global market at the expense of producers in poor countries.

UN Population Fund sends medical supplies to violence-wracked Haiti

Faced with reports of increased sexual violence and the looting of clinics and hospitals during the sporadic conflict in Haiti, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has sent medical supplies to help victims of the confrontations there.

Internet governance system working but needs to be more inclusive, UN forum told

The current system of Internet governance seems to be working well, but the question was how to better coordinate the work of specialized bodies and ensure the involvement of all stakeholders, participants told a United Nations forum today in New York.