Americas

Fighting poverty crucial for democracy building in Central America: UN report

Combating poverty is just as important as ensuring the foundations for good governance when building a democratic political culture in Central America, Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a report issued today in New York.

New Security Council counter-terrorism panel making progress, chairman says

Work is progressing well in the United Nations Security Council committee monitoring the implementation of a broad counter-terrorism resolution adopted in the wake of last month's terrorist attacks against the United States, the panel's chairman said today.

WFP appoints George McGovern as Global Ambassador on hunger

United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Catherine Bertini today named former United States Senator George McGovern as the agency's first Global Ambassador on Hunger.

Colombian peace process 'in crisis,' UN envoy warns

Pointing to new difficulties in the talks between the rebel Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the country's government, a United Nations envoy warned today that the peace process in Colombia was in crisis.

Some 500 participants attend Brazil forum on Annan's 'Global Compact' initiative

Some 500 participants gathered in Brazil today to discuss Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Global Compact initiative - an effort to involve business in upgrading environmental, labour and human rights conditions, and to bring the benefits of globalization to more people worldwide.

Large US payment puts UN on sound financial footing, top UN official reports

A United States payment of over half a billion dollars to the United Nations has put the world body on its best financial footing in recent years, the Organization's top budget official said today.

Annan, UN congratulated by leaders from around the world on Nobel Peace Prize

Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who along with the United Nations was awarded the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, has received a stream of congratulatory messages from leaders around the world, his spokesman said today.

Secretary-General recommends renewal of UN verification mission in Guatemala

With 2002 a decisive year for progress in implementing the peace agreements in Guatemala, Secretary-General Kofi Annan has recommended renewing for another 12 months the mandate of the United Nations verification mission in that country (MINUGUA).

Chile first in Latin America to launch Global Compact, UN agency reports

Chile is the first Latin American country to launch the Global Compact, a United Nations initiative that calls on the private sector to respect labour rights, the environment and human rights to make globalization work for all the world's people, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) announced today.

Annan to address US public in nationally broadcast Town Hall meeting

Kofi Annan, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, will address the United States public on 11 October - one month to the day after the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington D.C. - during a Town Hall meeting that will be broadcast nationwide.