US decision to close Guantánamo Bay detention centre hailed by UN rights chief

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has welcomed today’s decision by the new United States administration to close the detention facility in Guantánamo Bay, as well as the decision to ban methods of interrogation that contravene international law.

Progress on gender equality will mean improvements for all in society – Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today encouraged top government officials from around the world gathered in Guatemala City to push for greater progress on gender equality, stressing that women’s empowerment is key to realizing other major international development targets.

Voicing optimism, Ban congratulates US President on inauguration

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today, “with great optimism,” congratulated Barack Obama on his inauguration as the new President of the United States, stressing that America and the Organization share a number of common goals.

UN expert on children welcomes US suspension of trials at Guantánamo

The Secretary-General’s top adviser on children and armed conflict today welcomed United States President Barack Obama’s decision to suspend continuing trials at Guantánamo Bay, including those of Omar Khadr and Mohammed Jawad who are being charged with war crimes committed when they were under the age of 18.

UN Court rules against United States on execution of Mexican

The International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, found today that the United States had breached its orders when Texas last year executed a Mexican national who had not been informed on arrest of his right to contact his consular representatives.

UN humanitarian office moves to support victims hit by Costa Rican earthquake

At least 13 people have died and 56 are still missing after a 6.1 magnitude earthquake shook Costa Rica last week, the United Nations humanitarian arm reported today while announcing a field visit to assess makeshift shelters accommodating almost 2,000 victims of the disaster.

Nuclear monitoring pact between UN watchdog and US enters into force

An Additional Protocol to the nuclear safeguards agreement between the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the United States that boosts access to nuclear information and sites has now entered into force, making the US the last of the five nuclear-weapon States party to a key global non-proliferation pact to fulfil this obligation.