Americas

Secretary-General congratulates Wolfowitz on election as World Bank chief

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan congratulated Paul Wolfowitz of the United States on his election today as the president of the World Bank, saying he looked forward to working closely with him in the struggle against global poverty.

UN staff members draw attention to missing, detained and disappeared colleagues

Secretary-General Kofi Annan called on Member States today to impose greater accountability on those who commit crimes against United Nations and associated personnel carrying out their assignments, as staff members gathered to draw attention to the abduction, detention and disappearance of nearly 30 of their colleagues.

UN legal expert calls on Ecuador’s Congress to ‘rectify’ removal of judges

A top United Nations legal expert who visited Ecuador to study the “serious crisis” that “could irreversibly affect the independence of the judiciary,” has called for urgent steps to fully re-establish the rule of law in the South American country and “rectify” congressional measures replacing Supreme Court judges.

UN mission liberates Haiti's police stations from armed gangs threatening population

The United Nations peacekeeping operation and local police in Haiti liberated police stations occupied by the disbanded military and their armed sympathizers after the Transitional Government of the Caribbean country concluded that its negotiations were yielding no improvement, the chief of the UN mission said today.

Two UN peacekeepers in Haiti killed in clashes with armed elements

Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the Security Council today condemned two violent incidents which claimed the lives of two United Nations peacekeepers and injured three other troops of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) Sunday.

UN peacekeepers move in to clean up and secure poor district in Haiti's capital

More than 200 peacekeepers with the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) have carried out an operation to help clean up and make safe a poor suburb of the country's capital.

Fast probe of bird flu cases vital to prevent human pandemic, says UN agency

With Viet Nam confirming 10 more human cases of bird flu, bringing the total since mid-December to 24, 13 of them fatal, the United Nations health agency is stressing the critical need for full information to assess of the risks of a pandemic that in a worst-case scenario could claim tens of millions of lives worldwide.

UN announces start of demobilization in Haiti as ex-fighters lay down arms

The United Nations today announced the start of the demobilization process in Haiti, where an initial batch of 325 former members of the country's armed forces laid down their arms in the capital, Port-au-Prince.

UN expert to visit Ecuador next week to study crisis facing independent judiciary

A top United Nations legal expert will visit Ecuador next week to study the “serious crisis” that “could irreversibly affect the independence of the judiciary” in the South American country.

UN Goodwill Ambassador Jolie launches centre for refugee children in US

Thousands of children fleeing persecution around the world and arriving alone in the United States will now have better access to free legal counsel, thanks to a new national centre launched by United Nations Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie.