Bolivia: UN special envoy on visit to meet officials ahead of December elections

Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Special Envoy to Bolivia will travel to the country tomorrow to assess the current situation and the ways that the United Nations can support the country.

Security Council urges Haiti to hold elections this year

The Security Council today stressed the primary importance of holding a first round of elections in Haiti this year, and urged the authorities there to undertake a series of measure to achieve this goal.

UN food agency and Brazil to promote school nutrition in poor countries

The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and Brazil today signed an agreement in Rome paving the way for collaboration on school nutrition programmes in poor nations.

Latin America is microcosm of world's challenges, hopes and perils – Annan

With all its challenges, dangers and promise Latin America is a microcosm of the world in which all that the United Nations stands for is put to the test, Secretary-General Kofi Annan told leaders attending the Ibero-American Summit today in Spain, where he made a fervent appeal for true democracy.

Funds needed to help hurricane-ravaged countries in Central America – UN official

Funding for United Nations operations to provide humanitarian aid to hurricane-devastated parts of Central America has fallen far short of needs.

UN cash position stronger than last year but still fragile, controller reports

Although the cash position of the United Nations is stronger than last year, and projections to the end of 2005 are more positive than in 2004, the world body is suffering from "continuing fragility" with a deficit of more than $2 billion alone for peacekeeping operations, the organization's controller reported today.

More food rushed by UN agency to hurricane victims in remote parts of Central America

The United Nations food agency has provided urgently needed food to thousands of hard-hit hurricane victims in Guatemala and El Salvador, including tons of energy biscuits airlifted to remote areas.

Rejection of Headquarters’ temporary relocation plan could cost UN $400 million

With the United Nations landmark Headquarters on New York’s East River in urgent need of renovation for structural, security and safety reasons, New York State’s rejection of original temporary relocation plans threatens to add hundreds of millions of dollars to the final bill, the official in charge of the overhaul said today.

Haiti’s fragile electoral process shows gains, UN says

With a significant number of voters and with candidates representing a broad range of political opinion gearing up for upcoming elections in Haiti, a credible vote is possible but the Transitional Government must take further measures to ensure success, a new United Nations report says.

UN continues rushing aid to disaster-struck Central American countries

United Nations agencies are continuing to send relief aid to parts of Central America torn by the devastating effects of Hurricane Stan and other disasters, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today.