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Democracy has no uniform model and means more than elections – Annan

The United Nations does more than any other single organization to promote and strengthen democratic institutions and democratic practices around the world, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan told the Community of Democracies today.

UN management chief to step down at month's end

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today hailed the accomplishments and commitment of Catherine Bertini, who is stepping down as Under-Secretary-General for Management at the end of this month.

UN mission welcomes Haiti's launch of voter registration

The United Nations peacekeeping mission has welcomed the start of voter registration in Haiti in preparation for elections later this year.

Fighting threatens existence of Colombia’s indigenous peoples, UN warns

Colombia’s indigenous peoples, caught up in the fighting between the Government, rebels and armed militias, are facing tragedy as violent attacks and forced displacement increase, with fears that some smaller and more vulnerable groups and their cultures may actually disappear, the United Nations refugee agency warned today.

Security in Haiti improves, but international engagement remains vital, UN mission says

The leader of the United Nations Security Council fact-finding mission just back from Haiti expressed cautious optimism today, saying security was gradually improving, but that the international community must remain engaged if the strife-torn nation is to make any headway against urban violence and grinding poverty.

As power shifts in Ecuador, Annan urges respect for rule of law

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged respect for the rule of law in Ecuador after Vice-President Alfredo Palacio assumed the functions of the presidency.

Ending visit, Security Council praises UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti

Winding up a four-day fact-finding visit to Haiti, the United Nations Security Council praised the UN peacekeeping mission there for its work and said it was glad to have had the opportunity to assemble the Caribbean nation's political, electoral and human rights parties at the same table for talks.

Annan calls on Government and opposition in Ecuador to settle crisis through dialogue

Reacting to the latest developments in Ecuador, which has been rocked by protests and unrest, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called for the Government and the opposition to resolve their differences through dialogue.

Secretary-General urges finance officials to back proposals to tackle poverty

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged international finance officials in Washington to throw their weight behind proposals he is putting forward to tackle poverty, one of the main pilllars of a reform deal he has presented for adoption by world leaders meeting this September at a United Nations summit.

Annan, Security Council express indignation about killing of UN peacekeeper in Haiti

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the Security Council have expressed indignation about the shooting death of a Philippine soldier serving in the UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti.