UN human rights office concerned by reports of ongoing violations in Venezuela

The United Nations today expressed concern about the continuing human rights violations reportedly taking place in Venezuela and reiterated its call on authorities to respect the rights of peaceful demonstration and assembly.

Widespread water shut-offs in US city of Detroit prompt outcry from UN rights experts

Disconnecting water from people who cannot pay their bills is an affront to their human rights, a group of United Nations experts said today, amid reports of widespread water shut-offs in the United States city of Detroit for non-payment.

Haiti: UNESCO to send experts to examine possible wreck of 'Santa Maria'

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced today that it will provide technical assistance requested by the Government of Haiti and send a mission to the site of an underwater shipwreck, which may be that of the Santa Maria, the flagship of Christopher Columbus’s first voyage to America.

UN Experts urge Dominican Republic to restore citizenship to those not registered at birth

A group of United Nations human rights experts on the African diaspora today called on the Government of the Dominican Republic to adopt the necessary legal measures to restore Dominican citizenship for all those born in the country, but not registered at birth.

UN chief congratulates Colombians on presidential vote, voices support for peace efforts

Following confirmation that President Juan Manuel Santos has been re-elected, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said he looks forward to continuing to work with his Government in “efforts to promote peace, human rights and development” for all Colombians.

UN urges G77+China to unite on combating poverty, climate change

As the Group of 77 Summit ends today with a focus on creating a new sustainable development framework, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed to the G77 and China the importance of cooperation and partnerships to reduce inequality, end poverty and fight climate change.

In Bolivia, Ban to urge G77 to work together on anti-poverty, climate change

Addressing the bloc of developing countries known as the Group of 77 (G77) and China, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is today expected to urge world leaders to work together to reduce poverty and inequality, while balancing the needs of the environment and addressing climate change.

UN agencies kick off campaigns as football World Cup opens in Brazil

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is in São Paulo, Brazil, today to attend the opening game of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, as United Nations agencies carry out a number of projects and activities related to one of the greatest sporting events on the planet.

Ban welcomes announced start of peace talks between Colombia, ELN rebels

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the announced start of peace talks between the Government of Colombia and representatives of the National Liberation Army (ELN), and encouraged all parties to remain committed to the pursuit of peace in the country.

Deputy UN aid chief calls for more support for Colombians affected by conflict, disaster

Thousands of people are forcibly displaced and hundreds killed every month in Colombia, a senior United Nations humanitarian official today said, calling for more support for people affected by five decades of armed conflict and natural disasters in the country.