In Texas, Ban Ki-moon says UN, United States critical partners on global issues

In finding solutions for the Darfur conflict, global warming, terrorism, nuclear proliferation, and a host of other issues, the United Nations and the United States were essential partners, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told former president George Bush and other US officials on his first visit to the state of Texas today.

UN experts call for protection of housing rights of Hurricane Katrina victims

United Nations experts on housing and minority rights today called on the United States Government to halt the demolition of public housing and protect the human rights of African-Americans affected by Hurricane Katrina, which battered New Orleans in 2005.

Release of Colombian hostages welcomed by top UN human rights official

Voicing her relief and satisfaction at the release of four former parliamentarians in Colombia who had been held hostage by an armed rebel group for more than six years, the United Nations human rights chief today called for the immediate release of all other hostages.

Assembly President hails Cuban signature of key UN human rights texts

General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim today welcomed Cuba’s signing of two key United Nations human rights documents: the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICPPR) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR).

UN provides vaccines to help in Paraguayan fight against yellow fever outbreak

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has organized the supply of two million doses of yellow fever vaccine to Paraguay as health authorities in the South American country battle a deadly outbreak of the viral disease.

New UN-financed job projects in Haitian capital set to help over 7,000 people

The United Nations peacekeeping mission to Haiti has announced it will fund six projects that are expected to eventually provide temporary jobs to more than 7,000 people living in the notorious Cité Soleil and Martissant neighbourhoods of the capital, Port-au-Prince.

Surging food prices could lead to nutritional crisis for Central Americans – UN

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is warning of a potential nutritional crisis in Central America, where the prices of wheat and corn have nearly doubled in the past year, bad weather has pushed the price of beans to unprecedented levels.

UN appeals for $18 million to help Bolivian flood victims

The United Nations’ humanitarian wing has appealed for more than $18 million to provide relief to 300,000 Bolivians needing urgent assistance in the wake of deadly floods, mudslides and landslides.

More Colombian refugees need support in Ecuador, says UN agency

Almost three quarters of the 80,000 Colombians living in northern Ecuador need protection and support, and that number is likely to rise, according to a new survey by the United Nations refugee agency, which warns that many host communities are being overstretched by the arrivals.

Human rights defenders at grave risk in Guatemala, UN expert finds

The number of attacks against Guatemala’s human rights defenders has virtually doubled in the last five years and the perpetrators of these crimes enjoy almost total impunity, an independent United Nations expert said today, calling on the country’s Government, police and Attorney-General’s office to overhaul their efforts to protect the defenders.