Americas

Annan pays tribute to former US Senator Moynihan, 'steadfast advocate' of UN ideals

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today paid tribute to former United States Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who died yesterday, describing him as an unwavering champion of the core ideals of the United Nations.

Prominent Argentinean lawyer to be elected ICC prosecutor

Fulfilling a responsibility United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has described as "crucially important," the countries charged with shaping the newly-inaugurated International Criminal Court (ICC) have selected a prominent Argentinean litigator as the tribunal's chief prosecutor.

Businesses in Panama sign on to Annan's corporate responsibility agenda

Panama is setting up a network to promote corporate responsibility modelled on an initiative championed by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan to challenge businesses around the world to act upon a set of universally recognized principles.

UN awards two South American radio networks top prize for local-level achievement

A United Nations programme helping to strengthen mass communication capabilities in developing countries awarded two South American community radio networks today its top prize for local-level innovation and achievement in broadcasting.

UN refugee agency concerned by new US asylum policy

With worldwide anxiety over homeland security prompting governments to rethink their national immigration and asylum guidelines, the United Nations refugee agency today voiced concern that a new United States policy requiring mandatory detention of asylum-seekers based on nationality unjustly targets persons who themselves are fleeing conflict and human suffering.

UN forecasts 100-ton drop in worldwide cocaine production

In a major achievement in the international fight against illicit drugs, the United Nations anti-drug office today said it expected a removal of 100 tons of cocaine from world markets, due to a 30 per cent decrease in Colombian coca cultivation.

UN treaty on rights of migrant workers to enter into force 1 July

Guatemala today became the twentieth country to deposit its instrument of ratification for a United Nations treaty safeguarding the core rights of migrant workers and their families, giving the accord the force of international law.

Annan, US official discuss galvanizing more support to fight HIV/AIDS crisis

With an estimated 43 million people now living with HIV/AIDS worldwide, the United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, met today with the Chair of the Global Fund Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria to discuss a variety of issues on galvanizing support to combat the crisis.

Landlocked countries open meeting on trade, transit ahead of UN conference

Two landlocked South American countries and the neighbours who separate them from the sea opened a meeting in Paraguay today, the first of the regional sessions ahead of a United Nations conference on ways to facilitate trade and transit for the world's 30 developing countries that have no access to the coast.

US court decision on terror detainees sets 'dangerous precedent' - UN rights expert

A United Nations expert on judicial independence warned today that a "dangerous precedent" could be set in the wake of a ruling in the United States that said terror suspects held prisoner at Guantanamo Bay military base in Cuba do not have the right to hearings in US courts.