Fighting terrorism must remain UN priority, Security Council told

If the United Nations wanted to make any headway on the key aspects of its agenda- from development and peace to human rights and the rule of law - the fight against terrorism must remain a priority, the Security Council was told today.

Drafting UN treaty on rights of disabled requires 'new approach' - panel chair

Creating a binding international treaty on the rights of persons with disabilities requires "a new approach" that integrates traditional human rights themes with diverse emerging concerns such as access to new technologies, and human rights and development, the Chairman of a United Nations treaty-drafting committee said today.

Consequences of biodiversity loss 'too awful to contemplate' - Annan

With biological diversity now recognized as crucial to sustainable development and the eradication of poverty, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan says "the consequences of failing to stop the loss of biodiversity are too awful to contemplate."

UN agency moves to protect native populations fleeing Colombia for Venezuela

The United Nations refugee agency today said it was joining other humanitarian organizations rushing to locate and protect hundreds of indigenous Wayúu people driven across the border into Venezuela from their native lands in Colombia by deadly paramilitary strikes.

2003 finances generally positive despite 'precarious' budget, UN official says

While the United Nations budget situation remains precarious, the prognosis for the world body's financial health was generally positive as more Member States are paying their debts and assessments on time and the cash flow for peacekeeping operations expected to settle at a "comfortable level," a senior UN manager said today.

UN forum on indigenous issues wraps up third annual session

Too many indigenous peoples face challenges over their land, cultures, languages and livelihood, but the declaration being drafted by the United Nations Commission on Human Rights would be a specific international instrument on their rights and fundamental freedoms, UN General Assembly President Julian Hunte said today.

New UN book lauds women’s key role in quest for sustainable development

Women are the world’s great unsung conservationists, often outpacing men in their knowledge and nurturing of domestic and wild plants and animals, and it is thanks to them that many species survive while men sometimes turn to idling, gambling and drinking, according to a new United Nations book released today.

UN committee drafting treaty to protect persons with disabilities to open session

A United Nations committee negotiating a treaty to protect the rights of 600 million people worldwide with disabilities is set to open its third session next week in New York.

Foreign investment in Latin America and Caribbean falls again - UN report

Foreign direct investment (FDI) plummeted by nearly 20 percent last year, to $36.5 billion, in Latin America and the Caribbean, the only region in the world to see a decline, the United Nations economic commission for the region said today.

UN agency looks to team with Brazil on global campaign to fight hunger

The head of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is in Brazil for talks with top officials on strengthening the agency's partnership with the Government to help energize a global initiative to fight hunger.