UN official urges probe into death of Bolivian news agency director

The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today deplored the death of Bolivian news agency director David Niño de Guzmán and called for an investigation into his death.

UN concerned over plight of hundreds displaced by violence in western Colombia

The United Nations refugee agency has voiced concern over the plight of hundreds of people in western Colombia who have been forced to flee their homes amid an increasingly violent struggle between illegal armed groups over the control of mining and coca farming in the area.

Right to housing at risk as Brazil prepares for World Cup and Olympics – UN expert

An independent United Nations human rights expert today voiced concern about alleged displacement and evictions in various cities across Brazil as the country prepares to host the 2014 soccer World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games.

UN and partners congratulate Haiti's president-elect

The United Nations and its partners today congratulated Haiti's President-elect Michel Martelly on his poll victory, saying the world body looked forward to working closely with his administration once it is inaugurated on 14 May.

UN housing expert voices concern about violent evictions in Argentina

An independent United Nations human rights expert today voiced concern about the increasing rate of violent evictions taking place in Argentina and called for a comprehensive strategy to tackle the country’s housing crisis.

Haiti: UN-constructed temporary Parliament handed over to head of Senate

The United Nations envoy for Haiti has handed over to the president of the country’s senate a prefabricated building that will temporarily house the Parliament until the one destroyed by the earthquake in January last year is rebuilt.

General Assembly President meets with top officials during visit to Panama

Global governance has topped the agenda in talks between General Assembly President Joseph Deiss and senior officials from Panama during the President’s visit to the Latin American country.

UN seismologist outlines efforts to improve Haiti’s earthquake preparedness

The lack of earthquake risk reduction is a major gap in Haiti’s development efforts, considering its vulnerability to major seismic events, a leading quake expert working with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the Caribbean country to help build its preparedness capacity said today.

UN-backed small loans help refugees in Ecuador break out of poverty

A United Nations-supported microcredit project is helping vulnerable refugees in Ecuador, especially women who have turned to sex work to support themselves and their families, break out of poverty.

UN rights expert voices frustration at United States over access to detained soldier

An independent United Nations human rights expert today voiced his deep disappointment and frustration that the United States has not allowed him unmonitored access to a soldier accused of being the source of large amounts of classified material given to the website Wikileaks.