UN chief condemns deadly arson attack in Mexico

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today deplored the arson attack that left 53 people dead in Monterrey, Mexico, yesterday and voiced solidarity with the country’s people, the families of the victims and the country’s Government.

Clean energy revolution will put world on safer, more equitable path – Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for a clean energy revolution to help transform the global economy and put the world on a cleaner, safer, more equitable path.

Hurricane Irene killed two in Haiti and flooded farmland, UN reports

Hurricane Irene killed two people in Haiti, flooded houses, cut roads, unleashed landslides and devastated farm fields during its passage off the coast of the Caribbean country earlier this week, the United Nations reported today.

Peru: UN human rights expert commends new indigenous consultation law

Peru has taken “an important step forward” by approving a law compelling private companies to consult indigenous communities before going ahead with major projects such as mines, a United Nations human rights expert said today.

Haiti escapes serious damage from Hurricane Irene, UN reports

Hurricane Irene has left impoverished Haiti relatively unscathed, with only isolated damage from flooding and no widespread serious emergencies in a country that is still struggling to recover from last year’s devastating earthquake, the United Nations reported today.

US must do more to protect women from domestic violence, UN rights expert warns

The United States must do more to protect women from domestic violence after a regional body found it wanting in defending a battered woman and her three murdered children from her ex-husband, an independent United Nations human rights expert warned today.

UN chief to visit Denver for engagements on development and renewable energy

Secretary-General will tomorrow travel to Denver, Colorado, where he will deliver a speech at the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies and meet with industry leaders to discuss the need to promote renewable sources of energy.

Grenada accedes to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court

The International Criminal Court (ICC) today welcomed Grenada as a new State party to the Rome Statute, the treaty that established the tribunal, three months after the Caribbean nation deposited its instrument of accession to the accord, becoming the 115th signatory.

In Haiti, UN staff at the ready as hurricane bears down on northern coast

United Nations staff in Haiti have activated their emergency response systems to prepare for tonight’s expected arrival of Hurricane Irene as it crosses the Caribbean region.

After Brazilian judge is slain, UN human rights expert calls for more protection

A United Nations human rights expert today called on Brazilian authorities to take immediate steps to better protect the country’s judges, magistrates, prosecutors, public defenders and other lawyers in the wake of the recent assassination of a high-profile judge.