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UN Foundation to accept contributions to Global AIDS and Health Fund

The United Nations Foundation today announced details of how individuals can donate money to the Global AIDS and Health Fund - first proposed by Secretary-General Kofi Annan - which earlier this week received the full backing of the United Nations General Assembly.

Annan to receive Philadelphia Liberty Medal on 4 July

Secretary-General Kofi Annan will be in Philadelphia on 4 July, United States Independence Day, to receive the city's 2001 Liberty Medal, along with a $100,000 cash award that he has pledged to the Global AIDS and Health Fund, a UN spokesman confirmed today.

Basic items and medicine needed to help earthquake victims in Peru: UN

The Government of Peru urgently needs blankets, food, medicines and water purification units to help victims of last weekend's earthquake in the southern part of the country, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today in New York.

Annan welcomes release of 250 soldiers held hostage in Colombia

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed the announcement by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) that it would release more than 250 soldiers and policemen, some of whom had been held hostage for close to three years.

Fighting poverty in Guatemala is key to success of peace process: Annan

While much has been achieved in Guatemala, the poverty and discrimination facing large sectors of the population threaten the gains of the country's peace process, Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a just issued report to the General Assembly on the United Nations Verification Mission in Guatemala (MINUGUA).

Death toll in Peru earthquake reaches 97, UN relief office says

The death toll from the earthquake that shook southern Peru over the weekend has reached 97 today, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

In wake of Peru earthquake, Annan says UN stands ready to aid relief efforts

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today said he was "deeply saddened" by the loss of life and destruction caused by the earthquake that struck southern Peru on Saturday, and extended his condolences to the Peruvian Government and the families of the victims.

Annan supports OAS call on Haitians to resolve political crisis

Secretary-General Kofi Annan supports the call by the Organization of American States (OAS) for all Haitians to commit themselves to resolve the current political crisis, a United Nations spokesman said today in New York.

Peru: Annan wishes newly elected President success in democratic rebuilding

Congratulating Alejandro Toledo Manrique on his election as President of Peru, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today wished him success in rebuilding and strengthening the country's democratic institutions, consolidating the rule of law and bringing greater prosperity to all Peruvians.