Americas

UN agencies team up in project to donate used computers to Brazil's poorest

Two United Nations agencies have teamed up in a project to donate used computers to Brazil's poorest as part of the effort to help bridge the digital gulf between those connected to the Internet and those who did not even have access to a computer.

Annan urges States to adopt cost-effective refurbishment of deteriorating UN complex

Responding to the deterioration of the United Nations Headquarters building in New York, Secretary-General Kofi Annan is calling on Member States to adopt a cost-effective planned refurbishment effort.

8.6 million people living in Central America ‘drought corridor,’ UN food agency says

Some 8.6 million people in Central America live in a “drought corridor” where they are exposed to recurring natural disasters and suffer periodic food shortages, the World Food Programme (WFP) reported today.

Colombia: Annan pledges UN help for humanitarian crisis, human rights situation

In talks with President Alvaro Uribe of Colombia, the United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, today pledged that the UN system stands ready to help the country deal with its humanitarian crisis and human rights situation, a UN spokesman said in New York.

Guatemala: human rights and security concerns persist, UN official says

Despite progress achieved in implementing the Guatemala peace accords, serious human rights and security concerns persist, a senior United Nations official said today.

UN human rights expert set to visit Haiti for talks with government, civil society

A United Nations human rights expert is slated to visit Haiti later this week for talks with senior government officials and representatives of civil society in an effort to gauge the state of civil liberties in that country.

Annan welcomes Belize-Guatemala treaty agreement

The United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, today wholeheartedly welcomed the announcement that Belize and Guatemala have reached agreement ending their longstanding territorial controversy.

Annan welcomes reconciliation efforts by Colombian people, civic leaders

The United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, today welcomed the efforts of the Colombian people and civil society leaders to strengthen prospects for a negotiated settlement to Colombia's conflict.

Colombia: Annan pledges UN commitment to reconciliation, human rights

The United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, met today with President Alvaro Uribe Velez of Colombia and pledged the UN's commitment to reconciliation, humanitarian efforts and human rights in the country.

Guatemala: UN expert calls for action to halt discrimination against indigenous people

Wrapping up a 10-day trip to Guatemala, a United Nations human rights expert has urged action to end discrimination against the country's indigenous people.