UN launches appeal to fund millions of school lunches for poor students

It costs just 19 cents a day on average to feed a child in school in a poor country, according to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), which has launched a global appeal to help some of the estimated 300 million children who either miss school or do not receive a meal while there.

UN food agency and Benetton open photo exhibition on world hunger

Street children and war victims are among the ordinary people featured in a new photographic exhibition in New York on the work of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in feeding the hungry and the role of Italian clothing designer Benetton in supporting humanitarian causes.

Trade protectionism in rich countries hurts poor nations, UN survey finds

Trade protectionism in wealthy countries, especially policies that target agriculture and textiles from the South, is the biggest threat to the people of poorer countries, according to the United Nations annual World Economic and Social Survey, released today in New York.

Annan hails TV’s potential as force for good but warns against ‘content divide’

With the world becoming more and more a single “information society,” United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today the television industry was in a unique position to promote mutual understanding and tolerance, but he warned against a “burgeoning content divide” between North and South that threatens diversity.

Failure of Cancún talks could prove a blessing in disguise, UN trade official says

The failure of the recent Cancún summit to reach a deal on trade could actually provide a good base to re-start international negotiations, the head of a United Nations trade body told a meeting this week.

On World Food Day, UN says true international alliance needed to reduce hunger

Only a comprehensive international alliance against hunger will allow the world to feed the 840 million people who now go hungry, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today in a message marking World Food Day today.

Annan applauds senior UN official on winning 2003 World Food Prize

A senior United Nations official who used to run the UN's emergency food aid agency was awarded the 2003 World Food Prize and won plaudits today from Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

Focus on getting trade talks back on track, Annan tells Group of 77

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged the Group of 77 developing countries to focus on getting international trade negotiations "back on track" despite setbacks in the World Trade Organization (WTO) talks in Mexico earlier this month.

WTO disappointed by Cancún setback, pledges to put trade talks back on track

The head of the World Trade Organization (WTO) has pledged to put negotiations for freer trade back on track after a deadlock crippled a major ministerial conference that ended yesterday, saying he was disappointed but not downhearted.

Annan urges 'determined' resumption of deadlocked world trade talks

Voicing regret at the deadlock in the latest round of world free trade talks, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called on all concerned to "come back in a determined fashion" to reach an agreement within the next year or so.