Responding to the breakdown of peace talks in Colombia, the United Nations refugee agency is planning for a possible exodus of civilians across international borders, a spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today.
The United Nations' key advocate for children affected by armed conflict set out on a four-day visit to Guatemala today to assess first hand the longer-term impact of civil conflict on that country's children.
Voicing deep regret over the breakdown of peace talks in Colombia, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged the rebel Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) to stop its campaign of hijackings and called on all armed actors to respect international humanitarian law.
Following flash flooding that caused at least 69 deaths, the United Nations has dispatched a disaster assessment team to the Bolivian capital, La Paz, to coordinate emergency relief efforts, a UN spokesman announced today.
Expressing deep sadness by reports of the death of journalist Daniel Pearl of The Wall Street Journal, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today said that this crime highlighted yet again the enormous dangers encountered by journalists, particularly in areas of conflict and violence.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, today welcomed reports of a stay of execution of Alexander Williams, who was scheduled to die of lethal injection on Wednesday in the state of Georgia, United States.
The United Nations announced today the appointment of James T. Morris of the United States, a corporate executive and former head of a major charitable organization, as Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP).
United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged high-level government representatives to provide an upcoming UN conference on sustainable development issues a “coherent vision” of the theme’s environmental dimension.
The situation in Afghanistan and the Middle East topped the agenda of Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s meeting today with President George Bush in Washington, D.C., where the UN leader also discussed the global impact of HIV/AIDS with members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.