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Annan, General Assembly President issue call to heed Olympic Truce

One week before the start of the XIX Olympic Winter Games, the United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, and the President of the UN General Assembly today called for warring parties to put down their weapons on behalf of the athletes participating in the quadrennial competition.

Colombia faces critical period as parties agree to new peace process – UN envoy

With the Government of Colombia and the rebels agreeing to restructure the peace process with a new timetable and specific agenda, the conflict-ridden country has passed a difficult period but faces critical challenges in the weeks ahead, a United Nations envoy said today.

Annan welcomes accord between Government and rebels in Colombia

Calling it "a promising roadmap" for peace talks in Colombia, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed the signing of an accord between the Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP).

Annan hails 10th anniversary of historic peace accords in El Salvador

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today applauded the tenth anniversary of the signing of peace accords that ended over a decade of war in El Salvador, describing the historic agreement as paving "new ground in peace making and peace-building."

Colombia: Annan welcomes Government, rebel agreement to continue peace talks

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has welcomed news of an agreement between the Government of Colombia and the rebel Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) to allow peace talks to continue.

Colombia: Annan urges Government, rebels to find solution to present crisis

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has appealed to the Government of Colombia and a rebel group to find a solution to the present crisis in their peace talks.

Need to protect coral reefs focus of new outreach effort by UN environment agency

Responding to the growing threat to coral reefs, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has teamed up with government agencies and tourist industry experts to launch an information campaign designed to educate holidaymakers about the need to protect of the valuable coral resource.

Colombia: UN envoy embarks on last-ditch effort to salvage peace process

A senior adviser to United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has embarked on a mission to help the Government of Colombia and a rebel group avoid a total collapse in that country's peace process.

Annan voices ‘deep concern’ as peace talks in Colombia near breakdown

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today expressed his deep concern over the announcement that peace talks between the Government of Colombia and the rebel group Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) were near the point of breakdown.

UNDP outlines five-year development strategy for Latin America

Cutting poverty and inequality, promoting democratic governance and coping with energy needs and climate change are key goals that the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will pursue through its current five-year regional strategy for Latin America and the Caribbean, according to a document released today at UN Headquarters in New York.