Venezuela: UN human rights experts voice alarm at extended detention of judge

Three independent United Nations human rights experts today expressed their alarm at the decision of Venezuelan authorities to extend the house arrest of a judge for another two years, saying it was concerned about her physical and mental health.

UN human rights officials urge Haiti to probe alleged killings and acts of torture

UN human rights officials in Haiti today urged the country’s authorities to properly investigate and prosecute police officers suspected of carrying out unlawful killings and acts of torture in the capital, Port-au-Prince.

Haiti: UN envoy sends condolences after boat tragedy claims 38 lives

The head of the United Nations peacekeeping force in Haiti today sent his condolences to the country’s President and families of the 38 people who died at sea after their boat sank off Cuba’s eastern coast last week.

UNICEF welcomes Mexican budget move to invest in children

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has hailed a new Mexican Government initiative aimed at improving child welfare as a “breakthrough” towards ensuring greater social cohesion for children and adolescents as well as boosting the country’s economic development.

Nicaragua files suit against Costa Rica at UN World Court over border violations

Nicaragua has filed suit against Costa Rica at the United Nations International Court of Justice (ICJ), citing violations to national sovereignty and major environmental damages to its territory due to the construction of a new road along the banks of the San Juan River.

Latin American growth predicted to slow down due to economic crisis – UN report

Economic growth in Latin America and the Caribbean will slow down next year due to the sluggish performance of the world economy and uncertainty and volatility of financial markets, warns a United Nations report released today.

UN book highlights benefits of Amazon plants and foods to improve livelihoods

A United Nations book released today aims to provide people in the developing world with accessible knowledge of Amazon plants and foods they can use to improve their livelihoods.

UN expert concerned at poor living conditions of Canada's indigenous

An independent United Nations human rights expert has asked Canada to clarify what it is doing to address the “dire” socio-economic conditions of the Attawapiskat aboriginal community, noting that many of its members live in unheated shacks or trailers, with no running water.

Canada’s withdrawal from Kyoto Protocol regrettable – UN climate official

Canada’s decision to withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol is surprising and regrettable, the United Nations climate change chief Christiana Figueres said today, calling on developed countries to meet the commitments they recently made at the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa.

Honduras: UNESCO chief deplores slaying of another journalist

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today voiced outrage at the murder of a radio journalist in Honduras, where at least 17 reporters have been slain since the start of last year.