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.

UN Messengers of Peace challenge world leaders to turn words into deeds

United Nations Messengers of Peace, prominent people appointed by Secretary-General Kofi Annan for their talents in the fields of arts, literature, music and sports, today threw their support behind last week's World Summit and called on global leaders and non-governmental groups to do more to turn words into deeds.

Annan on UN World Summit outcome: glass at least half full

Having elicited “strong, unambiguous commitments” on issues ranging from development to human rights to United Nations reform, the 2005 World Summit that ended Friday evening achieved important results despite serious gaps in such areas as nuclear non-proliferation, according to Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

Environmentally-insensitive free trade can hurt developing economies: UN

Environmentally-insensitive trade liberalization can lead to economically costly soil degradation, water pollution, loss of biodiversity and destruction of forests, the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) warned today.