Renowned US doctor appointed to support UN efforts to eliminate cholera in Haiti

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed renowned United States physician Paul Farmer to help galvanize support to eliminate cholera in Haiti, where the disease has already claimed over 7,750 lives.

Secretary-General returns to renovated, eco-friendly headquarter offices after five years

Returning to his usual office for the first time since the United Nations Headquarters’ major restoration project began almost five years ago, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed excitement for the “historic” and eco-friendly renovations which have revamped the 60-year old Secretariat building.

Ban expresses deepest condolences to Connecticut Governor following school shooting

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has written to the Governor of Connecticut in the United States to express his deepest condolences at the murders which took place on Friday at an elementary school there, according to his spokesperson.

UNESCO chief calls for investigation into death of Colombian journalist

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today called for an investigation into the death of a Colombian journalist who died of injuries sustained while in custody.

Young Colombian woman named first winner of UNESCO/Juan Bosch Prize on social science research

A 25-year-old Colombian woman has been selected as the winner of an inaugural United Nations prize recognizing contributions to social science research.

UN launches new initiative to eliminate cholera in Haiti and Dominican Republic

The United Nations today announced a new initiative to help eliminate cholera in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, the two nations that make up the Caribbean island of Hispaniola.

UN refugee agency and NGO appeal to United States to do more to end statelessness

The United Nations refugee agency and a global non-governmental organisation are jointly appealing to the United States Government to take further action to end the hardships facing stateless people in the North American country.

UN officials mourn the death of Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer

United Nations officials today mourned the death of Oscar Niemeyer, a world-renowned Brazilian architect who was also a key figure in the design and building of the world body’s headquarters in New York.

Judicial system in El Salvador must remain independent – UN expert

A United Nations expert today urged El Salvador to ensure the independence of its judicial system and comply with its decisions to avoid a constitutional crisis such as the one it experienced earlier this year.

UN human rights office concerned over Colombia’s military justice reform bid

Expressing “serious concern” over a constitutional reform measure affecting Colombia’s military justice system, the United Nations human rights office today called on the country’s President and the President of the Congress to reconsider their support for the bid, which could undermine efforts to bring perpetrators of alleged war crimes to justice.