As ECOSOC opens session, Annan urges global action on rural development

As the annual meeting of the United Nations Economic and Social Council got under way today in Geneva, Secretary-General told the opening session that in the wake of recent world trade and development conferences which have defined the path to erasing poverty, especially in rural areas, the challenge now "is not to decide what to do, but rather, simply, to do it."

Rural development takes centre stage as UN agency heads address ECOSOC

Rural development took centre stage at the annual meeting of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in Geneva today as agency heads from throughout the UN system emphasized its key role in achieving the ambitious goals set by the 2000 Millennium Summit.

UN ends 10-year peacekeeping presence in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The United Nations liaison offices in Zagreb, Sarajevo and Belgrade will complete their mandate and close at midnight today, marking the end of the world body's 10-year peacekeeping presence in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

In Geneva, Annan meets with UN officials and staff

Kicking off his visit to the United Nations complex in Geneva today, Secretary-General Kofi Annan held a series of meetings with various UN officials, advisers and personnel.

Former Bosnian Serb president to begin serving 11-year war crimes sentence in Sweden

The former President of the Republika Srpska in Bosnia, Biljana Plavsic, has been transferred to a Swedish prison to serve her 11-year prison term handed down by the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

Bosnian Serb agrees to plead guilty to persecutions – UN tribunal

A Bosnian Serb prison guard accused of torturing and killing detainees at the Keraterm camp has agreed to plead guilty to one count of crimes against humanity in exchange for having other charges against him dropped, the United Nations tribunal for the former Yugoslavia said today.

Annan heads to Geneva for talks with senior UN officials

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan left London today for Geneva, where he will meet with senior UN officials as well as address the high-level segment of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) next week.

Italian woman receives UN refugee award for work with Somalis

An Italian woman who has spent more than three decades helping displaced Somalis has been honoured with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) annual humanitarian award.

In London, Annan holds talks with Blair and other UK senior officials

Continuing his travels abroad, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan met in London today with British Prime Minister Tony Blair, whom he briefed on his visit to Amman, Jordan, and the Quartet discussions on the Middle East, according to a UN spokesperson in New York.

Former Bosnian Croat militia leader transferred to UN war crimes Tribunal

A former Bosnian Croat militia commander has been transferred to the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) to face charges of crimes against humanity for ordering an attack on Muslim civilians in 1993, the court said today.