Americas

Brazilian soccer star Kaká takes aim at world hunger as UN ambassador

Brazilian goal-scoring soccer star Kaká, whose astonishing performance at the age of 22 helped AC Milan win Italy’s national championship last season, will now take aim at an even more difficult goal as the United Nations World Food Programme’s (WFP) youngest Ambassador Against Hunger.

Facing worsening violence, UN mission in Haiti is renewed for 6 more months

The Security Council today renewed for another six months the 8,500-strong United Nations peacekeeping force in Haiti after hearing a report from Secretary-General Kofi Annan outlining a deteriorating security situation with a surge of violence in the impoverished Caribbean country.

Latin America can feed three times its population, yet millions go hungry – UN

With Latin America producing enough food to feed more than three times its total population, the continent must redouble its efforts to eliminate the inequalities leading to the vast strata of malnutrition and poverty that are sapping its economic development, United Nations officials have told a regional conference.

UN agency warns fresh unrest in northwest Colombia could lead to new refugee flood

Humanitarian conditions in northwest Colombia are deteriorating, the civilian population is increasingly fearful over the reported massing of leftist guerrillas and rightist paramilitary forces, and there is a high possibility of new large-scale flight, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.

Security situation in Haiti has deteriorated with proliferation of illegal arms - UN

The security situation in Haiti has deteriorated over the past three months with a surge of violence, underlining the need to remove all illegal weapons from the streets, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in his latest report on the impoverished Caribbean country.

UN envoy calls on Spanish and Portuguese-speaking countries to support Haiti

The senior United Nations envoy for Haiti has called on officials attending the Ibero-American Summit in Costa Rica to support the impoverished Caribbean nation in its quest to achieve political stability and economic development.

UN report projects disturbing downward trends in Haiti's health, education, economy

Health, education, the economy and the environment in Haiti are all headed downhill over the next decade, according to a new joint report by the United Nations and the Government, providing an urgent wake-up call for the Western Hemisphere's poorest country and for nations across the world interested in its future.

Time is running out to achieve sustainable development, UN warns

Warning that time is running out in the race for sustainable development – vital in the war on growing poverty, hunger, disease and ecological degradation – the United Nations environmental agency is hosting regional meetings and producing a set of indicators to bring about concrete improvements at the ground level.

UN refugee chief hails Latin American efforts to boost refugee protections

Against a backdrop of growing national security concerns, the fight against terrorism and increasing migration controls in the Americas, Latin American countries have approved a plan of action to improve refugee protection in what the head of the United Nations refugee agency has called a triumph for human rights.

Annan phones Rice to congratulate her on appointment as US Secretary of State

Secretary-General Kofi Annan last night phoned United States National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice to congratulate her on her appointment as the new Secretary of State and is looking forward to "a constructive and collaborative relationship," his spokesman said today.