Indigenous education boosts women’s health and education prospects – UN

A supportive policy environment as well as political commitment is needed to ensure quality indigenous education both as a right in itself and as a means to improve the economic and health prospects of women, the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues has been told.

UN health agency hails US signature of global anti-tobacco accord

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today welcomed the United States Government's signing of a global treaty aimed at curbing tobacco-related deaths and disease, which now claim 5 million lives every year, a number that if left unchecked could double by 2020.

Annan calls for solidarity and respect as UN indigenous peoples forum opens

With native peoples worldwide continuing to encounter systemic prejudice and discrimination, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called on the international community to confront such ill-will head on, in a spirit of solidarity and respect, to help indigenous peoples overcome a history of inequality.

UN teams with World Economic Forum to drive financing for development

The United Nations teamed up today with the World Economic Forum (WEF) in a bid to mobilize partnerships between the public and private sectors and boost business contribution to sustainable development and the fight against poverty.

Colombia has biggest humanitarian crisis in Western Hemisphere, UN says

Though kidnapping and assassination have declined in Colombia, the humanitarian situation has worsened, with 2 million people becoming displaced over the past 15 years and 1 million of those made homeless in the last three or four years alone, the United Nations chief of humanitarian relief said today.

World still lagging on its pledges to improve fate of children – UN

Two years after the world’s leaders agreed to time-bound goals to improve the welfare of youngsters, millions of children continue to die from preventable diseases and to lack such basic rights as education, safe drinking water and protection from abuse, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned today.

UN relief official meets Colombian President on humanitarian situation

A senior United Nations relief official was to meet today with President Álvaro Uribe of Colombia for talks on the country's humanitarian situation, the worst in the Western Hemisphere, with an estimated 3 million people uprooted from their homes by conflict over the past 10 years.

Annan says he will continue work despite alleged bin Laden threat

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today vowed to go on with his work despite a tape alleged to be from the world's most wanted man, Usama bin Laden, offering a bounty of 10 kilograms of gold for the UN leader's life.

UN environmental agency launches project to save Indonesia’s coral reefs

With 82 per cent of the coral reefs in Indonesia – the world’s largest reef nation – at risk, the United Nations environmental agency today launched a training programme in the holiday island of Bali to help dive operators and hoteliers protect the fragile ecosystem.

UN to upgrade security at New York Headquarters

The United Nations is set to begin a slate of projects - including the construction a new perimeter fence - to bolster safety and security measures at its New York Headquarters.