Ban mourns death of force commander of UN Haiti mission

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that he was saddened by the news of the sudden death of the Force Commander of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH).

Hurricane Katrina’s ‘true legacy’ was to spur disaster risk management – senior UN official

The top United Nations disaster resilience official today said on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina that the ‘true legacy’ of the costliest United States hurricane disaster, which devastated New Orleans and claimed more than 1,800 lives, was to raise the bar for disaster risk management worldwide.

UN human rights office calls on Colombia and Venezuela to resolve border situation through dialogue

Concerned over the situation at the border between Colombia and Venezuela, particularly reports of human rights violations occurring in the context of deportations of Colombians, the United Nations human rights office called today on the authorities in both countries to ensure the situation is resolved through “calm discussion and dialogue, firmly grounded in their obligations under international human rights law and refugee law.”

Urging end to 'delaying' tactics, UN rights experts call for fairness in Guatemala's genocide trial

United Nations experts on genocide prevention and transitional justice today called on Guatemalan judicial authorities to “prevent any further attempt at interference, obstruction of justice or manipulation of the law,” when the genocide trial against the country's former de facto Head of State, and the former chief of intelligence resumes in January 2016.

Brazil must address prison overcrowding and implement measures against torture – UN expert

A United Nations human rights expert today called on Brazilian Federal and State authorities to urgently address the issue of prison overcrowding in the country and show genuine commitment to implement measures against torture.

With ‘long-awaited’ elections set to begin in Haiti, Ban urges peaceful campaigning

Welcoming the upcoming presidential, legislative and local elections in Haiti, which will begin on Sunday, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed the need to ensure credible and peaceful polls.

UNESCO chief condemns killing of Mexican photojournalist

The head of the United Nations agency charged with promoting press freedom today condemned the killing of photojournalist Ruben Espinosa, who was found dead in Mexico City on 1 August.

US leadership, support vital to host of global issues, UN chief stresses at White House

The United Nations counts on the leadership and support of the United States on a range of critical issues, from climate change and sustainable development to resolving crises such as those in Syria and Yemen, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, following a meeting at the White House with President Barack Obama.

UN chief welcomes climate change plan unveiled by President Obama

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the Clean Power Plan formally unveiled today by President Barack Obama, saying it shows the determination of the United States to address global warming while also saving money and growing the economy.