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UN expert on adequate housing heading to Peru

A United Nations expert on adequate shelter is heading to Peru to assess housing and living conditions, focusing primarily on the needs of the poor, women and minorities.

UN appeals for $50 million to help 2 million Colombian refugees

The United Nations has called on the international donor community to raise nearly $50 million to help two million internal refugees displaced by the on-going armed conflict in Colombia.

Annan voices concern at violence in Bolivia, deplores loss of life

The United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, today voiced concern about the violent incidents that took place yesterday in Bolivia and deplored the loss of life.

Security Council strongly condemns recent terrorist bomb attack in Colombia

The United Nations Security Council today strongly condemned last weekend's bomb attack in Bogotá, Colombia, saying that it regards such acts, like any act of terrorism, as a threat to international peace and security.

Colombia bomb blast will deepen conflict, undermine hopes for peace – Annan

Voicing deep shock at the “terrible” terrorist attack on a crowded social club in Colombia, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan condemned the bombing and warned the violence would worsen the country’s conflict.

Aid, access to western Liberia cut off due to heavy fighting - UN

Humanitarian crises in the West African region continue to mount in the aftermath of Côte d'Ivoire's five-month civil war as the United Nations reported today that intensified fighting in western Liberia has cut-off humanitarian access to huge numbers of displaced people.

Annan sets up capital project to oversee renovations of UN Headquarters in New York

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has announced the establishment of the Capital Master Plan project to oversee the renovations of the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

World Court rules US must stay executions of 3 Mexicans

The International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial body of the United Nations that settles disputes between countries, ruled today that pending further investigation the United States must temporarily stay the execution of three Mexican citizens on US death row.

Annan appoints new envoy for HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean

The United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, has appointed a senior official from the regional office in the Americas of the World Health Organization (WHO) as his Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean.

UN's top human rights official 'satisfied' at move by Peru to address violations

The top United Nations human rights official has expressed satisfaction with the steps taken by authorities in Peru to comply with recommendations from several international bodies that sought the redress of human rights violations committed during the previous Government of President Alberto Fujimori.