Latin America is microcosm of world's challenges, hopes and perils – Annan

With all its challenges, dangers and promise Latin America is a microcosm of the world in which all that the United Nations stands for is put to the test, Secretary-General Kofi Annan told leaders attending the Ibero-American Summit today in Spain, where he made a fervent appeal for true democracy.

UN initiative will put a value to unpaid community work by Latin American women

A new United Nations initiative in Latin America will calculate women's unpaid and volunteer work with a view to improving their chances for resource allocation, the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) said today.

Latin America and Caribbean shoot for fourth year of growth next year, UN says

The United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) said today that the region is on track to enjoy four straight years of growth and achieve an increase in gross domestic product (GDP) per person of about 10 per cent for the 2003-2006 period.