Ban voices optimism on Colombia peace as talks scheduled to resume

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced encouragement as Colombian stakeholders prepare to resume peace talks in Havana, Cuba, next week in an effort to end the country's decades-long internal conflict.

Haiti: Security Council visit sheds important light on situation as elections loom, members say

Members of the Security Council heard briefings today from the co-leads of a trip taken by the body to Haiti, where they saw first-hand the critical work being done by the United Nations Mission there in support of a better future for the country’s people.

El Salvador’s pardon for woman jailed for miscarriage should pave way for review of similar sentences – UN experts

The decision by El Salvador to pardon a woman convicted of aggravated homicide after suffering a miscarriage must “mark a turning point” for the authorities to review the sentences against all women jailed for pregnancy-related complications, a group of United Nations human rights experts said today.

Caribbean and Latin American Summit take up UN agency anti-hunger plan

A new plan to combat hunger in the Caribbean and Latin America presented by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is being considered for adoption at a summit of the region’s leaders taking place today and tomorrow in the Costa Rican capital.

Haiti: UN, international partners hail formation of Government, urge 'credible' elections

The United Nations and its international partners have welcomed the formation of a new Government in Haiti one week after the country's Parliament became “dysfunctional” due to its failure to hold elections within its constitutional framework.

El Salvador: UN rights office welcomes ‘ground-breaking’ pardon of woman in abortion case

The United Nations human rights office today welcomed the ‘ground-breaking decision’ of the Salvadorian Legislative Assembly to pardon a young women’s 30-year sentence in an abortion case.

Reconciliation, dialogue, human rights vital to spirit of peace in El Salvador – UN chief

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on Salvadorans to keep the spirit of peace alive, as he attended at a ceremony commemorating the 23rd anniversary of El Salvador’s 1991 Peace Accords.

In Honduras, UN chief urges leaders to draw on country's diversity to sustain progress

Delivering a “message of hope” on his first ever visit to Honduras, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the National Congress to draw on the tremendous diversity and voices of all the country's people as they undertake measures to address poverty, inequality and insecurity and move towards sustainable development.

‘Dysfunctional’ Haitian Parliament deplored by UN and partners

Urging all Haitian stakeholders to form a consensus Government, the top United Nations official in in the country joined the ambassadors of several countries today in deploring the fact that the Haitian Parliament became “dysfunctional” after failing to hold elections within its constitutional framework.

Five years on, Ban honours Haiti’s earthquake victims, looks ahead to brighter future

Marking the anniversary of the massive earthquake that struck Haiti five years ago today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has paid tribute to the more than 200,000 victims, including 102 United Nations personnel, who perished, and declared that in sorrow, there is the promise of hope that the progress achieved by the Haitian people in the wake of the tragic event could be built upon.