UNAIDS and German Development Bank join forces to prevent spread of HIV

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the German Development Bank today signed an agreement to work jointly on encouraging the prevention of HIV infection in severely affected regions through educational campaigns and condom distribution, the UN agency said today.

UN expert panel on water and sanitation opens session with call for action

With 10,000 deaths worldwide every day caused by the absence of clean water or decent sanitation, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today told the inaugural meeting of a United Nations panel of experts on the issue that they must mobilize funds and raise public awareness to improve the basic living conditions of millions of people.

World Bank, IMF mark 60th anniversary

The World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) today mark the 60th anniversary of their founding at the United Nations Monetary and Financial Conference in July 1944 in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire.

Annan calls for more funding - and leadership - to spur fight against HIV/AIDS

With millions of lives at stake, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today estimated that less than half of the $12 billion needed in the fight against HIV/AIDS is in hand.

UN envoy to Haiti hopeful following successful donor meeting in Washington

The senior United Nations envoy to Haiti today hailed a recent fundraising meeting for the Western Hemisphere's poorest country as evidence of growing international support for its future development.

UN refugee agency ‘deeply concerned’ for indigenous community in Colombia

The United Nations refugee agency today voiced “deep concern” for the safety of more than 1,200 indigenous people in northwest Colombia who have returned to the homes they fled in March because of fighting, calling on the government to protect them from irregular armed groups that still remain in the area.

Annan urges donor support for Haiti to ensure stability

Haiti needs $1.37 billion over the next two years if it is to make a successful transition from conflict to reconciliation and to meet its crucial political, institutional and development needs, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan told a pledging conference in Washington, DC, today.

Annan adviser heading to Venezuela ahead of referendum

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Adviser on Latin America Issues is heading today to Venezuela to follow first-hand the latest developments regarding that country’s recall referendum on President Hugo Chavez, a UN spokesman announced.

UN and regional groups should refine their partnerships to build stability: Annan

When a country emerges from war, regional organizations are often well-placed to foster peace, but United Nations assistance is usually required to sustain the effort, Secretary-General Kofi Annan told the Security Council today.

UN ties with regional groups should focus on strengths - Security Council

Calling on regional organizations to increase their collaboration with the United Nations on stabilizing countries emerging from war or crisis, the Security Council said today that future partnerships must focus on using the comparative strengths of the two sides.