Americas

Annan thanks LA City Council for supporting Millennium Development Goals

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today applauded the Los Angeles City Council’s approval of a resolution to support the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), an agenda negotiated at a world summit at the UN in 2000 that includes stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS and halving extreme poverty by 2015.

Annan praises Disney daughter, Roots of Peace founder for landmine activism

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan expressed gratitude to two women whose advocacy of landmine clearing operations has helped reduce accidental post-war killings and restored mined land to productive use, in a speech to be delivered today in Los Angeles.

UN human rights office signs deal to establish presence in Guatemala

The United Nations Office for the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) today signed an agreement with the Guatemalan Government to set up a formal field presence in the Central American country.

Security guard found dead at UN Headquarters in New York

A United Nations security guard was found dead today, with a gunshot wound to the head, in an empty lounge at the world body's headquarters in New York, UN officials said.

Annan to speak at UNICEF gala during two-day trip to Los Angeles

The United Nations today released the itinerary of Secretary-General Kofi Annan's two-day trip to Los Angeles, which begins tomorrow and includes speaking at a gala event to mark the 50th anniversary of the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassadors programme.

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.