Americas

New UN report foresees low growth rates for Latin America, Caribbean in 2001

With growth rates down to 2 per cent, or about half of what they were last year, 2001 is shaping up to be a disappointing year for the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, according to the most recent estimates from the United Nations office in the region.

UNHCR welcomes proposed US law to protect refugees, asylum seekers

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today welcomed proposed legislation in the United States that would improve the treatment of refugees and asylum seekers.

Central America: UN food agency set to provide aid to 400,000 drought victims

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is set to provide food to more than 400,000 people in Central America, where many have lost almost all of their crops due to the severe drought affecting the region, the agency reported today.

Montreal meeting seeks tighter controls for new ozone-destroying chemicals

Experts and diplomats from the 178 countries that are parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer gathered in that city today, to review options for further tightening the international regime for protecting the stratospheric ozone layer.

UN envoy demands release of former Colombian governor taken hostage

The United Nations envoy in Colombia has demanded the immediate release of the former state governor who had been abducted from a UN vehicle earlier this week by rebel forces.

UN agency helps Ecuador to deal with backlog of Colombian asylum-seekers

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is supporting Ecuador's efforts to cope with scores of Colombians who have sought protection in the country after fleeing conflict in their homeland, a spokesman for the agency said today.

UN envoy demands release of former Colombian governor taken hostage

The United Nations envoy in Colombia has demanded the immediate release of the former state governor who had been abducted from a UN vehicle earlier this week by rebel forces.

Colombia: Annan condemns abduction of former governor from UN vehicle

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today denounced the abduction by rebel Colombian forces of a former state governor who had been taken from a United Nations vehicle after visiting a village near the site of peace talks between the Government and the rebels.

Resolving political crisis in Haiti is key to accessing development funds: Annan

A resolution of the political, electoral and institutional crisis that has plagued Haiti since 1997 is a prerequisite for the formulation and implementation of a long-term development programme with Port-au-Prince, Secretary-General Kofi Annan writes in a just released report on the situation in the Caribbean nation.

Annan receives Philadelphia Liberty Medal, donates grant to AIDS fund

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today received the Philadelphia Liberty Medal in the city it was named for and donated the $100,000 cash grant which accompanies the award to the Global AIDS and Health Fund.