Americas

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.

UN Foundation to accept online contributions to Global AIDS and Health Fund

The United Nations Foundation has set up two new mechanisms for channelling donations to the Global AIDS and Health Fund first proposed by Secretary-General Kofi Annan, a UN spokesman announced today.

UN Foundation to accept contributions to Global AIDS and Health Fund

The United Nations Foundation today announced details of how individuals can donate money to the Global AIDS and Health Fund - first proposed by Secretary-General Kofi Annan - which earlier this week received the full backing of the United Nations General Assembly.

Annan to receive Philadelphia Liberty Medal on 4 July

Secretary-General Kofi Annan will be in Philadelphia on 4 July, United States Independence Day, to receive the city's 2001 Liberty Medal, along with a $100,000 cash award that he has pledged to the Global AIDS and Health Fund, a UN spokesman confirmed today.

Basic items and medicine needed to help earthquake victims in Peru: UN

The Government of Peru urgently needs blankets, food, medicines and water purification units to help victims of last weekend's earthquake in the southern part of the country, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today in New York.

Annan welcomes release of 250 soldiers held hostage in Colombia

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed the announcement by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) that it would release more than 250 soldiers and policemen, some of whom had been held hostage for close to three years.

Fighting poverty in Guatemala is key to success of peace process: Annan

While much has been achieved in Guatemala, the poverty and discrimination facing large sectors of the population threaten the gains of the country's peace process, Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a just issued report to the General Assembly on the United Nations Verification Mission in Guatemala (MINUGUA).

Death toll in Peru earthquake reaches 97, UN relief office says

The death toll from the earthquake that shook southern Peru over the weekend has reached 97 today, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).