Americas

Prominent French jurist named UN expert on human rights in Haiti

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has appointed a prominent French human rights advocate as the United Nations new independent expert on human rights in Haiti, a UN spokesman announced this morning.

World leaders at UN development forum adopt action plan to fight poverty

In what has been widely hailed as a major achievement in the global effort to eradicate poverty, a landmark United Nations conference in Monterrey, Mexico, today approved a series of measures to help impoverished countries and promote economic growth around the globe.

Aid works, Annan says in plea at Monterrey forum for more help to poor countries

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today issued a plea to world leaders for a doubling of foreign aid to poorer countries, arguing that such help was not a waste of money but instead a vital contribution towards achieving global development goals.

UN forum hears calls for increased foreign aid to help development

As a major United Nations forum on fighting poverty entered its fourth day in Monterrey, Mexico, UN officials and the heads of international trade and finance agencies exhorted rich countries to step up their financial aid to developing nations and to create opportunities for market access and debt relief that would help stimulate economic growth.

Millennium Summit goals are reachable, UN expert says at Monterrey forum

The lofty economic and social targets set two years ago at a landmark summit of world leaders can be achieved with sufficient help and political will, a senior aide to United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan told a news conference today at the International Conference on Financing for Development in Monterrey, Mexico.

In Mexico, Annan says Monterrey forum is key to unlocking development resources

As he headed to a major United Nations forum on development currently under way in Monterrey, Mexico, Secretary-General Kofi Annan stressed the importance of unlocking badly needed resources to help countries pull themselves out of poverty.

WFP to start emergency operation for thousands of malnourished in Guatemala

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today approved an emergency operation in Guatemala to help 155,000 people, including nearly 60,000 children under the age of five, who are suffering from acute malnutrition.

In Honduras, Annan says small States make big contributions to UN

Wrapping up an official visit to Honduras today, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said the UN’s global efforts to combat poverty and disease are well-understood by small nations, which themselves are making important contributions to the world body.

Debate on foreign development assistance must focus on concrete goals: UNDP chief

As a key United Nations forum on development moved into its second day, the head of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) today said the debate over official development assistance (ODA) should focus on what concrete goals spending would achieve instead of what should be spent.

Colombia: UN condemns violent murder of Archbishop of Cali

Reacting to Saturday's killing of the Archbishop of Cali, Colombia, the United Nations has denounced the crime and called on the country's authorities to bring those responsible to justice.