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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.