Americas

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.

Two academic chairs to honour the memory of slain UN envoy

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has signed the first of two agreements to set up academic chairs in Brazilian universities in the name of Sergio Vieira de Mello, the top UN envoy in Iraq slain in a bomb attack at UN headquarters in Baghdad 19 August.

Angelina Jolie extends term as ambassador for UN refugee agency

Actress Angelina Jolie of the United States has signed on for another two years as Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the agency reported today.

UN rights expert to visit Brazil to investigate sexual exploitation of children

A United Nations advocate for children's rights will visit Brazil next month, at the invitation of the Government, to assess whether youngsters are being sold and sexually exploited.

Annan expresses concern about violence in Bolivia

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today expressed concern about violence and loss of life in Bolivia and called on the Government and the opposition to settle their differences through peaceful means and dialogue.

Killing of witnesses show death squad problem in Brazil - UN rights office

The United Nations human rights office said today it had learned "with great consternation" of the shooting in Brazil of a second person who had spoken to a UN expert investigating extrajudicial killings in that country, which a spokesman said was indicative of the very problem the expert had been studying.