Americas

15 members elected to UN’s key rights panel; US is back after year’s absence

The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) today elected 15 new members to the Geneva-based Commission on Human Rights, including the United States, which will rejoin the UN’s main human rights body after a year’s absence.

Senior Jamaican diplomat named to new post of UN Ombudsman

A senior Jamaican diplomat has been appointed by Secretary-General Kofi Annan as United Nations Ombudsman, a newly created position designed to help UN staff to raise matters of concern.

UN agency highlights plight of 54 million hungry people in Latin America and Caribbean

The head of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today called for urgent attention to the plight of 54 million hungry people in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Marking Earth Day, UN calls attention to endangered species

As part of the global celebrations of Earth Day, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today hosted an event aimed at calling attention to the plight of endangered species.

Senior German official named to head UN mission in Guatemala

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has appointed a senior German official as head of the United Nations Verification Mission in Guatemala (MINUGUA), a UN spokesman said today in New York.

Top UN rights official voices concern about human rights situation in Colombia

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, told the UN's main rights body today that she remained deeply concerned about the deteriorating human rights situation in Colombia, and warned that the continuing fighting there threatened the rule of law.

Venezuela: Annan welcomes return of calm, appeals for national reconciliation

Welcoming the return of calm to Venezuela, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has voiced his readiness to help in the effort to promote democracy and human rights in the country.