UN official warns of 'enormous task' to prevent natural disasters

After a year of devastating natural disasters, from the earthquake in Bam, Iran, to the recent typhoons in the Philippines, the United Nations' most senior humanitarian official warned today that the world faces an "enormous task" in preventing and preparing for these emergencies while mitigating their after-effects on an increasingly vulnerable population.

UN agency voices new concern over civilians caught up in Colombian fighting

The United Nations refugee agency today voiced new concern over the situation in northwestern Colombia where indigenous communities are suffering as a result of clashes between armed groups and an ongoing blockade.

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.