Americas

Security Council extends Haiti peacekeeping mission

Determining that the situation in Haiti continues to threaten international peace and security, the United Nations Security Council this afternoon extended the mandate of the UN mission to that country until 24 June, stating its intention to extend it further at that time.

UN agency calls for funds to clean up pesticide waste in Latin America

The scale of toxic chemical waste from unused and obsolete pesticides in Latin America is far bigger than previously estimated, the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) said today, urging international funding to address the problem.

UN refugee agency launches ID campaigns in Colombia

Responding to a humanitarian crisis among some 20,000 displaced persons in a remote province of Colombia, the United Nations refugee agency, together with the Colombian Government, has launched an emergency campaign to provide them identity documents as a first step toward gaining access to relief.

Annan urges Bolivians to resolve differences over national interests peacefully

Concerned over the growing social tensions in Bolivia, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged the population of the South American country to resolve their differences over major national questions peacefully and democratically.

Fear of clashes drives more than 1,000 Colombians from their homes in northwest – UN

Some 1,100 people have fled their homes along the Buey River in north-west Colombia, citing fears of heightened clashes in the area, according to the UN refugee agency, which has joined with local authorities on a mission to verify reports of further displacement in the area.

Annan requests extension and expansion of UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti

Recommending that the mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping operation in Haiti be extended for another year and the mission enlarged, Secretary-General Kofi Annan commends it for carrying out crucial tasks in difficult circumstances and says it has created a security environment in which the political transition can take place.

Annan's Chief of Staff tells US House that UN is under-funded, over-managed

Reminding a United States House of Representatives committee that the United Nations has undergone more reform under Secretary-General Kofi Annan than under any of his predecessors, his Chief of Staff today said the UN is under-funded and over-managed.

Marking its 60th anniversary, UN in New York stages its first documentary film festival

With this year being the 60th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, the world body is staging its first documentary film festival in New York this weekend to review how its field offices and agencies, in response to decisions by Member States, have empowered the poor, healed the sick and brought justice to the exploited.

Reports that displaced youth are abused and exploited in Colombia’s cities concern UN

The United Nations refugee agency today sounded the alarm on behalf of nearly 400 million displaced teenagers and young people under fire in cities throughout Colombia, where they are increasingly falling prey to gangs or armed militia.

Veteran US official appointed new chief of UN management

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today appointed a veteran official of the United States Department of State the new UN Under-Secretary-General for Management.