UN expert urges reform of fishing subsidies at world trade talks

At the World Trade Organization (WTO) meeting in Hong Kong today, a United Nations environment expert urged adjustment to the over $15 billion in annual fisheries subsidies worldwide which amount to roughly one fifth of fishing industry revenue and contribute to the dangerous depletion of global fish stocks.

Annan urges world trade talks to take steps to boost exports of poor countries

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged wealthy countries to set an unambiguous date to end “trade-distorting subsidies” and take other steps to give market access to developing countries, especially in agriculture, allowing trade to improve living conditions around the world.

Senior officials of small islands call for economic revitalization as sugar prices decline

With a reduction in the price of sugar threatening the economies of sugar-producing small island developing states (SIDS), their senior government officials have called on the sixth World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference, meeting in Hong Kong next month, to pay greater attention to the “special needs and specificities of small states.”

UN Foundation and Expedia launch World Heritage travel project

The United Nations Foundation and Expedia, Inc., one of the world's leading travel services companies, today announced the launch of the World Heritage Alliance, an innovative joint initiative to promote sustainable tourism and awareness of World Heritage sites and communities around the world.

Annan reports on how a reformed UN will address its central global functions

The United Nations, with core activities of keeping or restoring world peace, will undertake extensive reviews of programmes in peace building and human rights and tighten its policies on internal oversight and ethics, Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a new report following up on mandates from the World Summit last month.

UN has blueprint for change and member countries must act on it – Fréchette

United Nations Member States must act to implement the decisions of last month's historic World Summit, which produced major progress as well as plans for further advancement, Deputy Secretary-General Louise Fréchette has said.

Media has key role in promoting UN goals, Annan tells African editors

As the United Nations works to adapt to new realities and meet new challenges, the media can play a key role by raising awareness about pressing issues and holding governments accountable, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in a message to African editors who met in Johannesburg over the weekend.

In Portugal, Annan says rule of law safeguards against rule of war

Voicing hope that young people will continue the age-old struggle to strengthen human rights and the rule of law for all, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has said the recent UN summit achieved a historic breakthrough when the world's political leaders agreed that every government has the responsibility to protect its population.

Annan hails Summit's 'intellectual breakthrough' on security, development, rights

Beyond specific commitments ranging from strengthening humanitarian mechanisms to reforming UN management, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today hailed a global mind-change at last month's United Nations World Summit that linked security, development and human rights.

Senior UN official briefs US Congressional panel on advances in UN reform

United Nations Member States have made progress in the push for institutional reform, but a threat to withhold some of the United States’ dues if benchmarks are not met by certain deadlines could provoke a backlash from other Member States on such important issues as a clear definition of terrorism, a senior UN official said today.