UN and Chile launch sustainable tourism initiative for Easter Island

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Chile today embarked on a new programme to develop sustainable tourism on Easter Island, which receives some 60,000 visitors every year.

UN-backed project registers over half a million vulnerable Colombians

Over half a million Colombians in some of the nation’s remotest conflict zones have been able to obtain identification papers over the past five years thanks to mobile registration units supported by the United Nations refugee agency.

Colombia: UN voices concern over wave of death threats against partner agencies

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Colombia today expressed its deep concern over a spate of death threats made against human rights workers, including uprooted people defending their communities’ rights.

Today’s challenges require global leadership, new multilateralism – Ban

Addressing the class of 2009 at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C., Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for a special brand of global leadership and a new multilateralism to deal with the complex challenges facing the world today.

Former US President Clinton appointed UN special envoy for Haiti

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Bill Clinton as the United Nations Special Envoy for Haiti, building on the former United States President’s extensive engagement with the Caribbean nation.

New York teenagers take on challenge of boosting environmental awareness – UN

New York City teenagers have taken on the challenge of inspiring environmental action in a United Nations-backed contest, whose winners will be announced later this week.

UNESCO chief condemns murder of Mexican journalist

The Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today condemned the murder of Mexican journalist Carlos Ortega Melo Samper in Santa Maria del Oro, Durango State.

Some progress in Haiti amid security, development difficulties – UN team

The challenge facing Haiti of achieving stability and economic recovery remains great, especially after a year of damaging setbacks, but the impoverished nation has seen significant progress in the last two years, the head of a United Nations team that visited the country said today.

Brazilian President awarded UN cultural agency’s peace prize

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today awarded its annual peace prize to President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of Brazil.

Ban urges joint efforts to complete decolonization process

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged the administering Powers, Non-Self-Governing Territories and the United Nations body tackling decolonization to continue working together to accelerate the process of eradicating colonialism.