UN plans new human rights field office in Guatemala

Anticipating the planned withdrawal of a United Nations mission in Guatemala, the world body's top human rights office today announced plans to establish a field presence in the country to protect against abuses there.

OCHA sends Dominican Republic aid for flood deaths, damage

The Dominican Republic, where recent floods killed 10 people and wiped out some of the rice crop, has received emergency aid from the United Nations, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today.

UN-backed conference urges governments to protect human trafficking victims

Latin American and Caribbean experts at a three-day conference organized by the United Nations have called on governments to provide victims of human trafficking networks who are willing to testify with special protection, rather than immediately sending them back to their countries of origin.

Latin America and Caribbean to discuss human trafficking at UN meeting

Latin American and Caribbean countries will discuss how to combat the practice of trafficking in people later this week during a three-day conference organized by the United Nations.

In Bolivia, Annan says Andean region needs greater assistance

The international community needs to give more support to the countries of the Andean region, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today.

Annan tells Latin American countries to direct more spending towards poor

Public spending should be more firmly directed to the poor and corruption should be curbed, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan told a meeting of Iberian and Latin American leaders in Bolivia today.

Caribbean countries reaffirm vow to women’s health and gender equality – UN

Caribbean countries and territories have reaffirmed their commitment to the goals of reproductive health, gender equity and the empowerment of women at the end of a two-day summit on population and development, according to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

Secretary-General holds talks with Bolivia's politicians and indigenous leaders

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan is holding talks today with Bolivia's President, Cabinet, indigenous leaders and local UN staff during the final leg of his South American tour.

Secretary-General meets indigenous leaders, visits highlands in Peru

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan will tonight meet some of Peru's indigenous leaders during a visit to the country's highlands on his four-nation South American tour.

Experts meet in Montreal, Canada, on UN biodiversity convention

More than 500 representatives of governments and civil society started a one-week conference in Montreal, Canada, today to devise ways to measure progress on implementing the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) adopted at the 1992 United Nations summit on the environment.