Thousands of flood victims in Haiti, Dominican Republic need urgent aid - UN

Thousands of people along the Haitian-Dominican border lacking drinking water and food need urgent aid after raging floods left nearly 2,000 people dead or missing, destroyed crops, decimated livestock, and cut off roads and electricity, according to a United Nations relief assessment released today.

UN observes International Day of Peacekeepers

With a peacekeeping mission in Haiti set to begin next week, another for Burundi recently approved and one in the works for Sudan, the United Nations observed the International Day of UN Peacekeepers today at time of increased demands on its ability to maintain peace around the world.

Swift action needed to quell crises in hotspots like Sudan and Haiti - UN official

With millions of civilians across the globe affected by the complex crises brought on by war and natural disasters, the international community must respond quickly to alleviate their plight, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council today.

Colombia launches Annan's Global Compact for better corporate practices

The private sector's role in conflict prevention and peace-building topped the agenda today at a meeting in Colombia, which is launching the Global Compact, an initiative of United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan to encourage better corporate practices in human rights, labour and the environment worldwide.

As floods death toll nears 900, UN disaster assessment teams headed to Hispaniola

Two teams of United Nations disaster experts are headed to storm-lashed Haiti and the Dominican Republic to assess the damage and coordinate emergency relief efforts following flash floods and mudslides that have killed hundreds.

Ocean resources play critical role in sustainable development worldwide – Annan

Ocean resources are vital for sustainable development and “the diligent and inspiring work” of the International Seabed Authority proves “multilateral approaches to global challenges can be effective, equitable and enduring,” United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has told the body’s 10th anniversary meeting.

UN humanitarian team taking aid to area of flooded Haiti

A team of United Nations humanitarian agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) today will carry aid to one of the areas of Haiti worst affected by the raging floods that followed days of torrential rain, killing nearly 400 people and injuring almost 1,000 in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

Peacekeeping best way to ensure long-term stability, Annan says

With United Nations peacekeeping set to expand as new missions are set up, Secretary-General Kofi Annan has emphasized that these operations remain the best investment in ensuring that stability endures.

Annan praises Elie Wiesel on 75th birthday as staunch defender of the victimized

Human rights advocate Elie Wiesel has been “among the staunchest defenders of people victimized by hated and bigotry in many parts of the world,” United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan says.

Annan saddened by flooding in Caribbean

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan is saddened by reports that severe flooding throughout the Caribbean has caused heavy loss of life and extensive damage, especially in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, his spokesman said today.