Gambian UN development official takes over world body's Africa think-tank

Abdoulie Janneh, the new Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) has taken up his appointment leading the continent's major development think-tank in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, after a 26-year career at the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

UNDP's Africa bureau director appointed head of UN Economic Commission for Africa

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has appointed the United Nations Development Programme's (UNDP) Regional Director for Africa the new Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Annan, European official flag 2005 as 'decisive year' for UN and the world

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the head of the European Commission today stressed their shared goal of strengthening multilateral institutions and emphasized that 2005 was a decisive year for the UN and the world on a wide range of issues.

UN commission calls on Africa to commit to information and knowledge economy

With information and communication technologies (ICT) spinning off new industries in Africa, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) today called on the continent's governments to commit themselves to policies that create information and knowledge economies.

Despite shocks, Asia-Pacific economy is fastest-growing in the world, UN says

The Asia-Pacific region will continue to produce the fastest growing economy in the world this year, but it has experienced such shocks as last December's Indian Ocean tsunami and high oil prices, while a flat United States dollar and a rapidly ageing population present challenges, the regional United Nations economic and social body said today.

Fast-growing Asia-Pacific economy somewhat undermined by external shocks – UN

The economy of the Asia-Pacific region will continue to be the fastest growing in the world this year, but it has been undermined by last December's Indian Ocean tsunami, high oil prices, a weak United States dollar and health problems, the United Nations economic and social body for the area says in a new report.

Time for new UN rights body is now as status quo cannot continue, says top official

Faced with major deficiencies, over-politicization and only selective reviews of countries' abuses, the United Nations Human Rights Commission wrapped up its annual session today with a ringing call for its replacement by a leaner, meaner body, as put forward in Secretary-General Kofi Annan's reform proposals.

UN rights commission adopts resolutions on cultural rights, racism

With one week left in its sixty-first session, the United Nations top human rights body has approved a host of resolutions aimed at promoting and protecting economic, social and cultural rights, and denouncing all forms of racism.

Without reform of human rights body, UN credibility at stake, Annan says

Speaking on the eleventh anniversary of the start of the Rwanda genocide and addressing the very human rights body he wants to replace, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today warned Member States that without reform of the United Nations human rights machinery, the credibility of the world body itself is at stake.

UN seeks to spearhead strengthening of national systems for protecting human rights

Under United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan's new reform initiatives, the world body seeks to strengthen the protection of civil liberties by Governments, since "the obligation to respect and enforce human rights rests on states," the UN's rights chief said today.