UN development agency renews agreement to provide loans to poor in Nicaragua

Following three years of success in extending loans for micro-enterprises and small rural businesses in northern Nicaragua, an affiliate of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has renewed an agreement with a Nicaraguan financial institution to continue support for a $1.75 million revolving loan fund through 2003.

Renowned Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado named UNICEF Special Representative

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) today announced the appointment of internationally renowned Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado as a Special Representative to help raise awareness about the rights of young people worldwide.