Americas

Venezuela: Annan urges peaceful approach to political crisis

Reacting to the increasingly polarized political situation in Venezuela, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called for widespread efforts to defuse tension there.

UN refugee chief heads to Colombia to draw attention to plight of displaced persons

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Ruud Lubbers, today headed to Colombia in a bid to raise international awareness about the plight of the over 2 million people who have been displaced by the country’s long-running conflict.

New panel to address parliamentary dimensions of UN, Annan tells lawmakers' group

Reaffirming his determination to enhance the relationship between the United Nations and civil society, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today announced that he would be establishing a broad panel of eminent persons to address the parliamentary dimensions of the Organization's relationship with local organizations.

UN agency asks US to grant Colombian refugees temporary protected status

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has recommended that the United States grant temporary protected status to the tens of thousands of Colombian nationals currently in the country, ensuring them at least temporary protection and safety.

UN refugee agency chief concerned about Colombia's worsening humanitarian situation

Expressing concern over Colombia's worsening humanitarian situation, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Ruud Lubbers today called for more aid to help the victims of the country's decades-long conflict.

Annan urges former Presidents to help strengthen Latin American democracies

Pointing to the challenge of making the practice of democracy universal, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged a group of former Presidents from Latin America to become active spokespeople for the cause and to help strengthen the democratic agenda throughout the continent.

UN General Assembly renews call for end to US embargo against Cuba

For the eleventh year in a row, the United Nations General Assembly today overwhelmingly adopted a resolution on the need to end the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States against Cuba.

World needs UN more than ever, Annan tells US audience

The world has rarely needed the United Nations as much as it does today, particularly in dealing with global dangers such as terrorism and weapons of mass destruction, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said tonight in Washington, D.C.

Annan set for visit to Washington, D.C., meetings with senior US officials

The United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, is set to leave Tuesday for the Washington, D.C. area, where he will meet with senior officials from the United States and take part in other activities, a UN spokesman announced today.

UN mission preparing to pass on reform roles to Guatemalan actors, Annan says

With no guarantee that Guatemalan institutions would be strong enough to assume added responsibilities by the time of the planned departure of the United Nations Verification Mission (MINUGUA), Secretary-General Kofi Annan has recommended extending the operation's mandate for another year, until the end of 2003.