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.

UN agency concerned fighting in Colombia forcing civilians to neighbouring countries

As fighting between various groups in Colombia continues, the United Nations refugee agency today voiced concern that more civilians would be forced to flee to neighbouring countries.

Human rights situation in Guatemala has deteriorated, UN mission reports

The human rights situation in Guatemala has deteriorated, as the climate of intimidation worsened amid threats and the assassination of judges, journalists and human rights defenders, according to a new report by the United Nations mission in the country verifying its peace agreements.

James LeMoyne appointed as Annan’s Special Adviser on Colombia

James LeMoyne, who has been serving as United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s acting Special Adviser on Colombia since January, was today formally appointed to the post.

UN food agency approves $66 million aid operation for Central America

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced the approval of a new $66-million relief operation to assist hundreds of thousands of Central Americans hard-hit by recent droughts and crop failures.

Annan mourns death of US Senator Paul Wellstone in plane crash

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan mourned the death today of United States Senator Paul Wellstone in a plane crash over Minnesota, remembering him as a “profoundly decent” man and a friend of the UN.

UN signs electoral assistance agreements with Argentina, Brazil and Panama

The United Nations today signed agreements with the Governments of Argentina, Brazil and Panama that pave the way for enhanced UN electoral assistance activities in support of Member States.

Colombia: UN human rights office condemns forced displacement of indigenous people

The office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights today condemned the forced displacement of some 800 indigenous people following threats by the rebel Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

UN refugee agency issues new guidelines on rights of Colombian asylum seekers

To help countries cope with increasing numbers of displaced Colombians, the UN refugee agency has released a set of guidelines recommending that governments and advocates consider Colombia’s deteriorating situation when examining asylum claims by those who have fled the country.

Annan congratulates former US President Carter on winning Nobel Peace Prize

The United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, today called to congratulate former United States President Jimmy Carter on winning the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize, a UN spokesman said in New York.