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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.