Americas

UN General Assembly renews long-standing call for end to US embargo against Cuba

In a near unanimous vote, the 193-member United Nations General Assembly today adopted a resolution renewing its call for an end to the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States against Cuba, while also acknowledging the restoration, after nearly 50 years, of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Ban welcomes next phase of Haiti’s electoral process, set for Sunday

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the next phase of the electoral process in Haiti, which will take place on Sunday with the first round of presidential elections, the second round of legislative elections and the holding of municipal elections.

Security Council renews mandate of UN mission in Haiti, maintains recommended troop levels

The Security Council this morning extended the mandate of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) for one year, until 15 October 2016, at the UN Secretary General’s recommended force levels of up to 2,370 troops and 2,061 police.

In Bolivia, Ban urges action on climate change, says caring for planet is 'moral issue'

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, speaking in Bolivia at the Peoples World Conference on Climate Change and the Defence of Life, said that the subject of the conference was both “important and timely.”

In Peru, UN chief meets with World Bank, highlighting its 'major role' in sustainable development

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighted the important role of the World Bank today in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, noting it could “step up capacity building and the mobilization of resources for sustainable development by drawing on its rich technical expertise.”

‘The stakes are high,’ UN chief tells climate finance meeting in Peru

Stressing that financial resources are central to meeting the goals of the transformative 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Agenda, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said that in order to create a low-carbon, climate-resilient future that benefits everybody, allocating appropriate finance is of key importance.

Haiti taking ‘resolute’ steps towards renewal of democracy and stability – UN envoy

With the holding its first round of elections 9 August this year, to renew the executive legislative and local leadership of the country, Haiti is taking “resolute” steps in renewing its democratic institutions, the top United Nations official for the country told the Security Council today.

UN rights chief urges Mexico to end ‘misery’ of enforced disappearances and torture

Despite significant progress towards building a solid human rights framework, the Mexican Government must nevertheless “bind itself to a new sense of urgency in solving the enormous human rights challenges it faces,” Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, said today as he wrapped up an official visit to the country.

Ban welcomes US decision on early release of 6,000 prisoners

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed today the decision by the United States Government to release 6,000 inmates from federal penitentiaries in an effort to ease overcrowding in prisons and provide a degree of redress for persons who received disproportionately long sentences for non-violent drug-related offences.

At UN, Latin American leaders underline ‘insufficient’ progress, urgent need to address climate change

Opening the floor at the United Nations General Assembly today, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of El Salvador said “we have concluded a stage in the world’s history marked by important progress in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), however, this progress has not been sufficient.”