Brazilian football great Ronaldinho kicks-off institute to help poor youth through sport

Brazilian soccer star Ronaldinho, one of the world’s best known sports figures and a United Nations goodwill ambassador, has launched an institute in Porte Alegre, Brazil, to help disadvantaged children through sport and education, an initiative that shows the way forward in global development, a senior UN official said in welcoming the move.

Annan pays tribute to late US President Ford for supporting UN

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today paid tribute to the late former United States President Gerald Ford for his statesmanship and support for the United Nations.

UNICEF sends in emergency aid after deadly Indonesia floods affect over 200,000

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today sent in almost $1 million in emergency aid, including hygiene kits, rehydration sachets and tarpaulin sheets, to the Indonesian province of Aceh, where deadly floods have already killed almost 100 people and left over 200,000 needing urgent assistance.

UN Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie hands out Xmas gifts to Colombian refugees

United Nations Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie and fellow actor Brad Pitt spent Christmas in Costa Rica handing out presents to Colombian refugee children and their families while spotlighting the plight of those who have been forced to flee conflict in the South American country.

Annan hails approval of $1.8 billion refurbishment of Headquarters complex

Wrapping up the main part of its annual session, the United Nations General Assembly approved over $1.8 billion in funding for a comprehensive renovation of the world body's New York campus, drawing immediate praise from Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who has argued that the refurbishment is essential from a health and security standpoint, and promises to save costs in the long-run.

Turn guns into guitars, UN tells Colombia in campaign against violence, arms trafficking

In biblical days the injunction was to beat swords into ploughshares. Now the United Nations crime-fighting agency is calling on Colombia, with one of the highest homicide rates in the world, to do more to crack down on organized crime and arms trafficking, citing one initiative that turns guns into guitars.

Recent wave of Haitian kidnappings sparks alarm from UN peacekeeping mission

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti today expressed alarm at the sudden spate of kidnappings, especially of children, across the impoverished Caribbean country, and vowed to maintain its operations against the gangs responsible for the crimes.

UN appeals for $98 million to fund agriculture, good governance in post-election Haiti

The United Nations today appealed for $98 million to help Haiti, the poorest country in the Western hemisphere, with basic services, political governance and economic recovery, as the Government works to bring stability following this year’s elections.

Vaccine common in US could save life of 1 child every minute in Latin America – UN

Two children die every hour from easily preventable pneumococcal diseases in Latin America and the Caribbean, and there are more than 1.6 million cases of the illnesses that include pneumonia, meningitis and sepsis as well as severe ear infections, sinusitis and bronchitis, according to a United Nations-backed report released today.

Uruguay’s new refugee laws earn praise from UN agency

The United Nations refugee agency today welcomed Uruguay’s approval of laws containing guarantees on the processing of asylum claims and special provisions for the protection of women and children.