Americas

UN official sees 'big potential' at small islands conference

A senior United Nations official today told a conference in the Bahamas on small island developing States (SIDS) that these nations, though facing a set of specific challenges, have a great contribution to make to the global community.

Senior official of UN refugee agency heads to Colombia for talks on humanitarian crisis

A senior United Nations refugee official is heading to South America this weekend for talks in Colombia on the growing humanitarian crisis there and its effects on neighbouring countries.

UN human rights experts appeal for end to political violence in Haiti

Two United Nations experts on human rights have expressed concern about the deterioration in human rights observance in Haiti since the start of recent violent confrontations between law enforcement officials, government supporters and government opponents.

UN agency to help Nicaraguan coffee growers hit by low world prices

Moving to aid small-scale Nicaraguan growers hit by the steep global drop in coffee prices, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced plans today to help feed those worst-affected while promoting longer-term crop diversification and the production of more competitive varieties.

Fréchette urges collective international response to emerging security threats

Deputy Secretary-General Louise Fréchette today made a strong case for the ability of the United Nations to evolve, while stressing the need for a strengthened collective response to emerging security threats.

Joblessness in Latin America shows need for fairer globalization - UN

With 19 million workers jobless in Latin America's cities and unemployment hovering at above 10 per cent despite a modest economic recovery in 2003, the United Nations labour agency today called for a reorientation of economic priorities and a more equitable globalization process.

UN and Guatemala sign landmark agreement in bid to curb illegal and secret groups

The United Nations and Guatemala signed a landmark agreement today to set up an investigative panel on illegal groups and secret security organizations in the country, giving the UN - for the first time - prosecutorial powers to work within the justice system of one of its Member States.

Better trained forces in Jamaica could stop extrajudicial killings, UN expert says

Jamaica’s senior officials, who recognize the need for better security force accountability, must streamline the Caribbean island’s criminal justice system to reduce summary killings, the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights says.

Annan discusses economic concerns with Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister

Economic development, the HIV/AIDS pandemic and regional concerns facing the Caribbean were high on the agenda today during talks between United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Patrick Manning.

Hailing Haiti's bicentennial, Annan urges end to political impasse

As Haiti today celebrated 200 years of independence, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan lauded the milestone and urged the country to break through its present political deadlock to achieve development.