Americas

US Senator Leahy lends support to Annan, says wait for results of UN Oil-for-Food probe

Sen. Patrick Leahy today became the latest member of the United States Congress to lend his support to Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who has been buffeted by calls for his resignation in the wake of various allegations of relating to the administration of the UN Oil-for-Food programme for Iraq.

Recruiting music to fight hunger, UN releases video to aid Haitian flood victims

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today enlisted music into the battle to help thousands of impoverished Haitians recover from the deadly tropical storm that devastated their country in September, releasing a video by Grammy-award winning singer/songwriter Wyclef Jean to help raise funds.

UN agency reports fresh violence against indigenous communities in Colombia

In its latest expression of concern on the situation in northwestern Colombia, the United Nations refugee agency today reported fresh violence against indigenous inhabitants caught up in the country’s decades-old civil war between the Government, leftwing rebels and rightwing militias.

Annan to meet with US's Powell and Rice

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan is slated to meet later this week in Washington with top foreign policy officials of the United States, his spokesman announced today.

UN mission carries out massive security deployment in Haitian capital

The United Nations mission in Haiti, together with the Haitian National Police, carried out a massive pre-dawn deployment and took over Cité Soleil, a low-income area of the Haitian capital that has been sheltering armed gangs, the mission said.

UNAIDS names Caribbean group fighting AIDS an 'international best practice'

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) today designated the multilateral organization the Caribbean countries formed to help them fight against the pandemic “an international best practice” in a region estimated to be the world's second-worst affected by HIV/AIDS after sub-Saharan Africa.

UN receives International Documentary Association award for its archives

The United Nations has received the prestigious International Documentary Association Preservation and Scholarship Award for its extensive media archives, which span decades in the life of the world body.

Haiti: UN mission promises improved security as more troops arrive

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti is set to have more than 8,000 troops and police on the ground by the end of this month and will be able to demonstrate to country's people its determination to disarm rogue groups and establish security, the senior UN envoy to the country has said.

UN welcomes support of United States for Secretary-General

One day after the United States Ambassador to the United Nations John Danforth gave his full backing to Secretary-General Kofi Annan - who had heard calls for his resignation from certain quarters in that country - a UN spokesman hailed the support.

US endorses Annan's work and refutes push for his resignation

The United States Government gave unambiguous support today to United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan after several days of attacks on him by a US senator and sections of the US news media over the UN's supervision of the Iraq Oil-for-Food programme.