Ban welcomes US decision to seek seat on UN Human Rights Council

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the announcement by the United States that it will seek a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council, saying it embodies the country’s commitment to a “new era of engagement.”

Ban to push for further investment in Haiti to widen ‘break-out opportunity’

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said that he will be asking donors to go beyond traditional assistance and invest in Haiti, at a time he called a crucial turning point for the impoverished Caribbean nation.

Colombian refugees begin registering in Ecuador under UN-backed project

Some 50,000 Colombians who have fled insecurity in their homeland and have settled in northern Ecuador will be able to register themselves under a new programme being carried out by the Government with the help of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

UN rights expert urges Uruguay to end ‘appalling’ prison conditions

Concluding his visit to Uruguay today, a United Nations human rights expert said he could not find hard evidence of torture, but urged action against what he called other “large-scale human rights violations” in detention facilities.

US’s $50 million contribution will help empower women, says top UN official

The recent announcement by the United States State Department that it will contribute $50 million to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) will ring in a new era for women, girls and their families around the world, the head of the agency has said.

UNAIDS chief visits Brazil to promote awareness of TB link, end prejudice

The head of the United Nations agency charged with coordinating the fight against HIV/AIDS is in Brazil this week promoting awareness of the link between the epidemic and tuberculosis and the necessity to address discrimination in the South American country’s response to HIV.

Haiti: 100 tonnes of UN-facilitated election equipment arrives

The arrival of a massive shipment of election equipment in Haiti has brought the process of legislative polls to a new phase, the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) announced today.

Guyana’s barber shops, beauty salons offer UN-backed HIV prevention advice

Barber shops and beauty salons in Guyana’s capital are taking part in a United Nations project to spread crucial information about HIV prevention in the small nation, which has one of the highest prevalence rates in its region.

Haiti: UN Council mission reports strides in security, worrisome poverty

Haiti is making strides in security sector and judicial reform but continues to grapple with widespread poverty and vulnerability to disasters, the leader of a United Nations Security Council mission to the impoverished Caribbean nation said today.

Colombia’s indigenous must be protected, UN says amid ongoing displacement

The United Nations refugee agency today voiced concern over the ongoing displacement of indigenous communities in Colombia and called for investigations into credible reports of abuses.