Americas

Argentinian to helm UN economic commission for Latin America and Caribbean

A former Argentinian economic minister has been appointed Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).

Annan meets group of Brazilian lawmakers

United Nations reform was among the topics discussed during a meeting between Secretary-General Kofi Annan a delegation of Brazilian lawmakers yesterday.

Annan to conduct four-country South American tour next week

Secretary-General Kofi Annan is scheduled to start a four-country tour of South America next Tuesday.

Failure of Cancún talks could prove a blessing in disguise, UN trade official says

The failure of the recent Cancún summit to reach a deal on trade could actually provide a good base to re-start international negotiations, the head of a United Nations trade body told a meeting this week.

Award-winning musician Shakira joins UNICEF's goodwill ambassadors

Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Shakira has joined the bevy of celebrity goodwill ambassadors willing to use their worldwide fame to benefit children and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the world's largest advocacy organization for youngsters said today.

Secretary-General to open exhibit on US diplomat Ralph Bunche

On United Nations Day tomorrow Secretary-General Kofi Annan is scheduled to open an exhibit on the life of Nobel Peace Laureate and United States diplomat Ralph Johnson Bunche at UN Headquarters in New York.

UN, US need each other in relationship of 'productive interdependence' - Annan

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today said that despite fears of a breakdown in international order, some of which he shares, "I believe profoundly that the United States and the United Nations need one another."

UN rights expert to visit Haiti later this week

The United Nations independent expert on the human rights situation in Haiti is set to tour the country and talk to senior officials about a range of issues, including the island nation's efforts to fight HIV/AIDS.

As Bolivia's crisis abates, Annan pledges UN support for better future

With relative stability returning to Bolivia following a period of deadly violence, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged the country's people to work for a better future and pledged the UN's full support in this endeavour.

UN rights experts call on Bolivian authorities to safeguard protesters' liberties

Several United Nations human rights experts have called on the Bolivian Government to protect the civil liberties of demonstrators who have been demanding that the authorities replace its present programme for selling natural gas with one that benefits the local people.