Ban pays tribute to late women’s rights advocate and senior UN official, Lucille Mair

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today paid tribute to the late Lucille Mathurin Mair, a distinguished Jamaican diplomat and leading women’s rights advocate, who was also the first woman to be appointed as an Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations.

UN helped return normalcy to Haitian slum, peacekeeping official told

The United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) has been key to returning law and order to the Cité Soleil neighbourhood of the capital city Port-au-Prince, which was formerly controlled by armed gangs, the UN’s top peacekeeping official was told during a visit today.

Colombia: growing UN concern as more indigenous flee violence

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is calling on Colombian authorities to take necessary measure to protect indigenous people from violence and displacement, as more of them flee growing insecurity in the country’s northeast.

Peacekeeping chief renews UN support for Haiti reforms

The United Nations peacekeeping chief is on a five-day field visit to Haiti, discussing with national and local leaders the Organization’s mission in the impoverished Caribbean country where it has been seeking to promote stability and development since an insurgency in 2004.

Ban lauds Bolivians for high turn-out during peaceful constitutional referendum

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today congratulated the people of Bolivia for taking part at the weekend in a peaceful national referendum approving the amendment of the country’s Constitution.

UN a vital institution, new US ambassador stresses after meeting with Ban

There is no more important forum for effective cooperation among States that the United Nations, the new ambassador of the United States to the United Nations stressed today, following her first meeting with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

UN agency applauds US President's decision to resume funding

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has lauded President Barack Obama's decision to restore United States funding for its operations, hailing the new leader for his efforts to advance women's health, rights and equality.

Shelter for flood-battered Colombians to be built with emergency funding, UN says

More than a thousand families left homeless by recent flooding in Colombia will be sheltered through a grant of $460,000 from the United Nations emergency relief fund, the UN Office the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today.

Ban discusses UN-US cooperation with new President, Secretary of State

In separate telephone conversations with the new United States President and Secretary of State, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon discussed a range of issues, including United Nations reform, climate change and the Darfur peace process.

Ban welcomes US decision to close Guantánamo Bay detention centre

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the decision by United States President Barack Obama to begin the process of closing the detention facility in Guantánamo Bay.