Renewed multilateralism order of the day, Ban tells graduates in Seattle

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today highlighted the need for greater collaboration among nations to address common challenges, including the global economic slowdown, the flu pandemic and climate change, adding that the United States is central to these efforts.

Climate change the focus as Ban kicks off visit to Seattle

Climate change was the focus today as Ban Ki-moon kicked off his first visit to Seattle as United Nations Secretary-General, setting out to see firsthand the efforts of United States citizens, communities and businesses to protect the environment.

UNESCO head speaks out against murder of Mexican reporter

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with upholding press freedom today condemned the killing of a radio presenter in Mexico, stressing that the murder affects the whole of Mexican society.

Central America most crime-ridden region in world, UN report finds

Central America has become the region with the highest levels of non-political crime worldwide, with an average murder rate of 33 per 100,000 inhabitants last year, three times greater than the global average, a new United Nations report warns, noting that crime threatens the region’s development.

Ban to discuss climate change and development goals during trip to Seattle

The subjects of climate change and the world’s continuing efforts to achieve the social and economic targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will be high on the agenda when Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon travels to the United States city of Seattle next week.

UN rights expert credits Brazil with major progress on improving access to food

Brazil has made substantial progress in ensuring all its citizens have access to food, but authorities in the South American nation should do more to help the most vulnerable groups, such as the landless and small farmers, a United Nations human rights expert said today.

Honduras: UN sends team to examine human rights violations after coup

The United Nations human rights chief is sending a team to Honduras on Sunday for a three-week official visit to examine violations of rights in the wake of the coup d’état in the Central American country in June.

Problems with judiciary hampering fight against impunity in Guatemala – UN

Weaknesses within Guatemala’s judicial system continue to hamper the fight against impunity, according to a new United Nations report which points to a lack of independence among some judges as one of the key problems.

Honduran president’s ouster is ‘coup d’état,’ UN Secretariat reaffirms

A recent Honduran media report implying that the United Nations Department of Political Affairs (DPA) does not consider the ouster of President José Manuel Zelaya as a coup d’état is inaccurate, the world body said today.

Ban pays tribute to fallen blue helmets in Haiti

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon paid tribute today to 11 peacekeepers serving with the United Nations mission in Haiti who were killed when a plane crashed last week, hailing them for helping the Caribbean country’s people “fulfil the enormous promise of their proud nation.”