The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights’ personal representative for Cuba has appealed to President Fidel Castro to pardon 50 Cubans sentenced to long prison terms recently on charges of treason.
The United Nations closed the visitors' entrance at its New York headquarters for several hours today and suspended its morning tours after a suspicious package described as a bag with a canister inside was found at the tent outside the entryway.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today welcomed a resolution adopted by 34 States in the Americas calling on countries to enact national mechanisms to protect refugees, stateless and internally displaced persons in accordance with international standards.
The United Nations World Health Organization's (WHO) regional office for the Americas today praised 10 Latin American countries for successfully negotiating with pharmaceutical companies a price reduction of drugs for HIV/AIDS treatment, saving up to $120 million a year.
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) today welcomed the release of 40 child soldiers by a paramilitary group in Colombia and is preparing to reintegrate them back into society with school as the top priority.
In Colombia, civilians are not only caught in crossfire, they are also directly targeted as part of a strategy to control land and routes, a senior United Nations relief official said today at the end of his three-day mission to that country.
United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan discussed a wide range of international issues with United States Secretary of State Colin Powell today, touching on the Middle East, Iraq, UN operations in Congo, Liberia, Myanmar and Zimbabwe.
Secretary-General Kofi Annan today appointed the deputy envoy in charge of reconstruction in Afghanistan as the next head of the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), the branch of the world body that manages project resources to help developing nations and countries in transition.