World economic growth rate projected to drop to 3 per cent in 2007 – UN estimate

The world can expect a robust economic growth rate of 3.6 per cent this year but a deceleration to 3 per cent is projected for 2007, according to the latest United Nations assessment.

Annan again calls for restructuring trade in favour of poor nations

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today again called on the world’s wealthy countries to “go the extra mile” to re-balance the rules of the trading system in favour of the poor and push ahead as soon as possible with the so-called Doha Round of talks which seeks to achieve such a restructuring.

Panda sanctuary, tequila area join UN World Heritage sites

Giant panda sanctuaries in China, a tequila-producing area in Mexico, a millennia-old irrigation system in Oman and renaissance palaces in Italy are among 18 new sites admitted to the World Heritage List of humanity’s outstanding natural and cultural legacy, bringing to total to 830, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said today.

UN considers new additions to World Heritage List of outstanding sites

The United Nations World Heritage Committee has opened its 30th session in Vilnius, Lithuania, to pick new candidates to join a list that already includes sites as unique and diverse as the wilds of East Africa’s Serengeti, the Pyramids of Egypt, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and the baroque cathedrals of Latin America.

Environment is a winner at 2006 World Cup, UN agency says

A pioneering initiative to make the 2006 FIFA World Cup not only entertaining but environmentally-friendly is has already emerged as a winner, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said today.

UN health agency accelerates election of new chief, setting November timetable

Accelerating the process of electing a new head of the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) following last week’s sudden death of Director-General Dr. Lee Jong-wook, the Agency’s Executive Board today set a November timetable for the selection.