Americas

UNHCR prepares for possible exodus of Colombians to neighbouring countries

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.

Annan condemns kidnapping of Colombian Presidential candidate

Condemning rebels in Colombia for kidnapping a presidential candidate, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has called on all armed groups in the country to halt attacks against civilians.

UN children's advocate to gauge impact of conflict on Guatemalan children

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.

Alarmed by breakdown of Colombia peace talks, Annan urges rebels to end violence

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.

UN emergency team rushes to Bolivia to help fight flood

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.

'Deeply saddened' by Daniel Pearl's death, Annan salutes journalists' courage

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.

UN’s top human rights official welcomes stay of execution in Georgia, US

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.

James T. Morris of US named to head UN World Food Programme

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).

Annan urges UN meeting to look at environmental side of sustainable development

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.

In Washington, Annan discusses Afghanistan, Middle East with President Bush

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.