Americas

Driven by fighting at home, Colombians seek asylum abroad, UNHCR says

The United Nations refugees agency today reported that in recent months, the deteriorating conflict in Colombia has sent thousands of people to neighbouring countries and beyond in search of asylum.

Actress Angelina Jolie to be named UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador for refugees

American actress Angelina Jolie will be named Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the agency said today.

World Bank loans Uruguay $18.5 million to tackle foot and mouth disease

The World Bank has approved an $18.5 million loan to Uruguay to support the Foot and Mouth Disease Emergency Recovery Project - the Bank's first urgent operation to help alleviate the economic impact of an outbreak.

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.