UN health agency removes SARS travel advisory for Toronto

The United Nations health agency today lifted its advisory against non-essential travel to Toronto, Canada, following an improved outlook in the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak there.

WHO to take Toronto off SARS precautionary travel advisory

The United Nations health agency announced today that it was lifting its precautionary advisory against non-essential travel to Toronto, Canada, effective tomorrow, in view of positive changes there with regard to the outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

UN agency protests Panama’s deportation of Colombian refugees

The United Nations refugee agency today protested the deportation of Colombian refugees by Panamanian authorities, stressing that asylum seekers should not be forced to return to their country of origin.

UN launches $84 million appeal to address urgent needs of Haiti’s poor

The United Nations today launched an $84 million appeal to support its efforts to address over the next 18 months the emergency needs of the most vulnerable in Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.

UN rights chief to request details on trials of Cuban journalists, activists

Reacting to the arrest and sentencing of nearly 100 Cuban journalists and human rights activists, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Sergio Vieira de Mello, today said he will request authorities in Havana to provide immediate detailed information on the trial process.

Major gaps in HIV prevention in Latin America and Caribbean, UN official says

Despite considerable achievements in ensuring access to care and treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS in Latin America and the Caribbean, major gaps continue to exist in carrying out effective prevention interventions due to economic and political crises in the region, a top United Nations official said today.

UN fund for fighting hunger launches first project in Caribbean

A United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) fund for increasing resources to fight hunger today launched its first technical cooperation project to promote food security in the Caribbean.

UN fears press freedom violations following arrests, trial of Cuban journalists

As troubling details continue to emerge surrounding the arrest and trial of nearly 100 Cuban journalists and human rights activists, the head of the United Nations Educational, Social and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today urged authorities in Havana to respect and uphold fundamental civil liberties.

UN partnership with parliamentarians key to building better world – Annan

At a time when most challenges extend well beyond national borders, dynamic partnerships between parliamentarians and international institutions are essential to building a safer and more secure world, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in a message to a gathering of international lawmakers meeting in Santiago, Chile.

UN agencies confirm at least 14 dead, hundreds missing in Bolivia landslide

In the wake of a devastating landslide in northern Bolivia, United Nations agencies and local rescue workers continue the struggle to recover bodies and reach victims stranded in a tiny gold-mining settlement.