States should transcend national concerns to agree on Human Rights Council: Eliasson

Calling on Member States to transcend their national positions and forge global solutions, General Assembly President Jan Eliasson said today that it was crucial to get speedy agreement on setting up a new United Nations Human Rights Council, the body put forward to replace the much-criticized Commission on Human Rights.

Empowering women is key to development, Fréchette tells UN Commission

Opening the 50th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, UN Deputy-Secretary General Louise Fréchette said today the international community is finally comprehending that empowering women and girls around the globe is the most effective tool for a country’s development.

Commission on Human Rights: independent experts issue report on Guantanamo detainees

Five independent human rights experts with mandates from the United Nations Commission on Human Rights today called on the United States to close the Guantánamo Bay detention centre and either bring all detainees to trial or release them without further delay, according to a joint report released today in Geneva.

Economies of developing countries continue to grow but aid still needed – UN official

As the United Nations Commission for Social Development began its annual session in New York today, a senior official with the world body said that growth in developing countries is expected to continue in the period ahead, but cautioned that an expanding economy must be matched by efforts to cut poverty.

UN official urges new human rights body to build on success of past six decades

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour said today that the newly created Human Rights Council should build on the achievements of its predecessor in addressing abuses wherever they occur.

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.