Latin America entering new century with well-documented social lag, UN reports

Latin America is entering the twenty-first century with a well-documented social lag, the United Nations economic commission for the region reports.

UN rights expert reports 'widespread and systematic' torture in Brazil jails

An expert of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights today reported that torture is "widespread and systematic" in police stations and custodial institutions in most parts of Brazil.

New UN report projects global economic slowdown spurred by US retrenchment

A downturn in the economies of developed countries, particularly the United States, has triggered a slowdown in the world economy, according to a new United Nations report released today.

Argentina: UN human rights expert to hold meetings on religious freedom

Continuing his efforts to promote freedom of religion, a United Nations human rights expert will visit Argentina later this month at the invitation of the country's Government, the UN announced today.

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.