Exchange rate, inflation cause UN to spend $28 million more in 2000-01 - report

The United Nations will spend about $28 million more than originally anticipated during the current two-year period, mostly due to fluctuations in the exchange rate and inflation, according to a new report by Secretary-General Kofi Annan released today at UN Headquarters in New York.

International conferences in Japan to discuss sports, environment: UN agency

Sports and healthy environmental practices will be the focus of a series of international conferences in Japan, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) announced today.

Creator of Internet takes part in UN-backed webcast on volunteerism

The British scientist credited with inventing the Internet in 1989 has paid tribute to the thousands of people around the world who contributed to making the World Wide Web, which he calls a collaborative venture and a "creation of volunteers," a United Nations agency said today.

UN agency releases world music album to raise awareness about volunteerism

The United Nations Volunteers programme (UNV) and musicians from 18 countries today launched a double album with 27 songs in nine languages in celebration of the UN-designated International Year of Volunteers 2001.

Annan welcomes new US envoy as Ted Turner brings cheque to back US-UN ties

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today received the credentials of the new United States Permanent Representative to the UN, John D. Negroponte, who later joined Mr. Annan in welcoming American philanthropist Ted Turner as he presented a cheque for over $31 million to help cover US dues to the world body.

Annan says UN must adhere to Charter principles while preparing for change

The United Nations must hold fast to its founding principles while preparing for emerging challenges, Secretary-General Kofi Annan writes in his annual Report on the Work of the Organization, which was released today.

Top UN officials call on Member States to protect UN and associated personnel

With United Nations peacekeeping and civilian personnel continuing to face a frightening -- and often lethal -- array of threats, top UN officials today called on governments to ensure the legal and physical protection of the staff serving for the world body.

UN convenes meeting to finalize guidelines on safe disposal of obsolete ships

International experts on hazardous waste and shipping joined forces in Geneva today to finalize international guidelines for the environmentally safe dismantling of obsolete ships in an effort welcomed by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), which organized the meeting.