UN blue helmets respond to second school collapse in Haiti in five days

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) today rushed an emergency response team to the site of a collapsed school in the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, where eight people were injured and sent to hospital this morning.

Amid global crises, UN needs partners like Rotary International more than ever – Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has hailed the long-standing partnership between the United Nations and Rotary International, stressing the vital contributions of civil society groups as the world body tackles multiple global crises, ranging from food to energy to climate change.

Senior UN official expresses sadness for deaths in school collapse in Haiti

The top United Nations humanitarian official today expressed his “heartfelt condolences” to those affected by the school building that collapsed in Haiti last week, as local authorities reported at least 89 people have died and 150 have been sent to hospital.

UN blue helmets continue rescue efforts one day after school collapses in Haiti

More than 24 hours after a school building in Haiti collapsed on hundreds of children during class, United Nations peacekeepers were still trying to rescue survivors from the rubble.

Honduras: UN appeals for greater aid as floods cause further deaths and damage

United Nations aid agencies are stepping up their relief efforts and appeals for funding in Honduras, where a persistent tropical storm has intensified in recent days and spread to new areas of the Central American country.

Los Angeles next stop on Ban’s ongoing tour of United States cities

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon embarks on his first visit to the United States city of Los Angeles, where he is scheduled to meet with senior state and city Government officials and leaders in the entertainment industry, as well as address students and faculty at the University of California.

UN peacekeepers help in rescue effort after deadly school collapse in Haiti

United Nations peacekeepers are helping rescue workers dig through the rubble of a school building in Haiti after it collapsed this morning, killing at least 11 children and severely injuring dozens more.

UN health agency welcomes ban on smoking at world body’s New York headquarters

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today welcomed a General Assembly resolution to ban smoking and tobaccos sales at the world body’s headquarters in New York, saying the decision will protect the health of delegates, employees and visitors.

Ban congratulates Obama on election as United States President

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today extended his congratulations to United States President-Elect Barack Obama, voicing hope that his election will usher in a new era of multilateralism and enhanced partnership with the United Nations.

UN rights chief calls on Haiti to strengthen fight against impunity

The top United Nations human rights official has called for strengthening Haiti’s police and judicial systems, as well as for greater assistance for the victims of the series of hurricanes that ravaged the tiny Caribbean nation in recent months.