Haiti: UN human rights expert urges presidential candidates to fight impunity

The United Nations independent expert on human rights in Haiti, Michel Forst, today urged candidates in the country’s upcoming presidential run-off election to spearhead the fight against impunity and champion greater respect of human rights.

UN chief to head to Los Angeles to discuss global issues with entertainment industry

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will be in Los Angeles next week as part of the United Nations initiative that aims to raise the profile of critical global issues in partnership with the international film and television industries.

Late US diplomat Holbrooke a shining example of what UN can be, says Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today held up veteran United States diplomat Richard Holbrooke, who died in December, as a steadfast friend of the United Nations and a shining example of what the Organization can aspire to be.

Steps taken to prevent repeat of fraud in Haiti’s run-off elections, UN envoy says

Measures are being taken at the 1,500 voting centres for Haiti’s presidential run-off election next month to prevent a repetition of fraud that marred the first round last November, a senior United Nations official said today.

UN official urges Latin American nations to capitalize on Cancún climate accords

The United Nations climate change chief today called on Latin American nations to fully capitalize on opportunities to take climate change action to the next level, building on the achievements reached at last year’s conference in Cancún, Mexico.

UN special envoy calls for overhaul of Haitian education system

The Special Envoy of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for Haiti is calling for an urgent overhaul of the country’s education system, which she says is the cornerstone of the impoverished nation’s future prosperity.

Ban commends Ecuador’s efforts on democracy, human rights, environment

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today commended the efforts undertaken in Ecuador to consolidate democracy following last year’s unrest, while also lauding advances related to indigenous issues, human rights and the environment.

Haiti: UN joins national police in anti-crime crusade

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti is conducting a two-pronged campaign to combat crime and violence, tracking down gangs while providing job training for youths in the impoverished country’s two largest cities.

UN chief to visit Ecuador and Peru next week

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will at the weekend travel to Ecuador and Peru for official visits during which he will confer with the leaders of the two countries, the United Nations announced today.

UN regional commissions key to steering sustainable development, says Migiro

Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro today stressed that sustainable development is key to United Nations efforts to reduce poverty and raise people’s living standards, and underlined the importance of the Organization’s regional commissions in formulating coherent development policies.