Millions in the United States lack access to affordable, adequate housing – UN

An independent United Nations expert has warned that the United States is an increasingly expensive place to find housing, leaving many more people homeless at a time when the financial crisis is hitting hard across the country.

Top UN human rights official to embark on first official visit to Brazil

The United Nations human rights chief will begin her first official visit to Brazil on Saturday during which she will discuss a range of issues with Government officials, members of civil society and others in three major cities.

Latin America making important progress towards development, UN official says

The head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has spotlighted the slow global progress towards reducing gender inequality and violence against women on the first day of a three-day official visit to Chile.

John Lennon’s sons and Yoko Ono revive ‘Give Peace a Chance’ to help UN

Celebrating the 40th anniversary of John Lennon and Yoko Ono recording the anti-war anthem Give Peace a Chance with the Plastic Ono Band, the United Nations announced today that the proceeds from the release of a commemorative single will garner funds for its peacebuilding efforts in countries emerging from conflict.

Ban congratulates US leader for lifting entry restriction based on HIV status

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today congratulated United States President Barack Obama for announcing that travel restrictions for people living with HIV from entering the country will be removed.

Haiti: UN calls for speedy new government after premier’s ouster

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti today appealed to all sides to cooperate in ensuring stability and speedily install a new government team after the impoverished country’s Senate voted the Prime Minister out of office.

Secretary-General encouraged by deal resolving political crisis in Honduras

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said that he is encouraged by news that an agreement has been reached to resolve the political crisis in Honduras that began when President José Manuel Zelaya was ousted from power in June.

UN welcomes United States removal of entry restriction based on HIV status

The United Nations agency spearheading the world body’s efforts to tackle the HIV/AIDS pandemic today welcomed the decision of the United States to remove 22-year-old entry restrictions based on HIV status.

General Assembly again calls for lifting of United States embargo against Cuba

The General Assembly has voted for the 18th consecutive year to condemn the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States against Cuba for the past half century and called for it to be lifted.

UN rights expert voices concern over use of unmanned drones by United States

The use of pilot-less drones by the United States to target militants in Pakistan and Afghanistan will be regarded as a breach of international law unless Washington can demonstrate that it follows the appropriate precautions and accountability mechanisms, an independent United Nations human rights expert warned.