Ban Ki-moon voices concern about violent confrontations in Bolivia

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced concern over recent violent confrontations as the Bolivian Constituent Assembly meets in the southern city of Sucre.

Heroic seamen honoured with UN maritime agency’s inaugural bravery award

Two seafarers who risked their lives to save others in a dramatic rescue operation in the Mediterranean Sea last year have been presented with the inaugural Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea by the United Nations International Maritime Organization (IMO).

UN rights expert calls for overhaul of Brazilian criminal justice system

Brazil’s police engage frequently in extrajudicial executions and many moonlight in death squads or militias involved in racketeering, an independent United Nations human rights expert said today, calling for wholesale reform of the country’s culture of policing.

UN refugee agency signs cooperation deal with Organization of American States

The United Nations refugee agency today signed a cooperation agreement with the 35-member Organization of American States (OAS) so that it can strengthen its programmes across the region to assist refugees, asylum-seekers, the stateless and internally displaced persons (IDPs).

Ban Ki-moon visits Amazon rainforest on latest stop of international trip

Climate change remained the focus today as United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon concluded the South American phase of his latest tour with a visit to the Amazon rainforest and meetings with local indigenous leaders.

UN agencies to help La Paz set up early warning system against disasters

United Nations agencies will help implement a new early warning system in the Bolivian city of La Paz, where floods and mudslides are recurring and often deadly disasters, as part of a scheme funded by the German Government.

Governments must take the lead on use of biofuels, says Secretary-General

Biofuels have the potential to cause both good and harm and governments must therefore be careful to balance the costs and benefits of developing them as energy sources, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said in Brazil as he continues an official trip focused on climate change.

Antarctica shows need for action on climate change, Ban Ki-moon says

Ban Ki-moon, during his historic visit to Antarctica, the first by a United Nations Secretary-General, has said warming temperatures on the continent show the growing dangers of climate change and the need for action to address it.

Secretary-General Ban makes historic visit to Antarctica

Ban Ki-moon today became the first United Nations Secretary-General to make an official visit to Antarctica as he travelled to the frozen continent to see first-hand the effects of climate change on its melting glaciers.

Mexico: UN World Food Programme rushes aid to flood-hit Tabasco

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is rushing aid to 70,000 people affected by massive floods in the southern Mexican state of Tabasco.