Americas

UN rights chief urges Mexico to end ‘misery’ of enforced disappearances and torture

Despite significant progress towards building a solid human rights framework, the Mexican Government must nevertheless “bind itself to a new sense of urgency in solving the enormous human rights challenges it faces,” Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, said today as he wrapped up an official visit to the country.

Ban welcomes US decision on early release of 6,000 prisoners

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed today the decision by the United States Government to release 6,000 inmates from federal penitentiaries in an effort to ease overcrowding in prisons and provide a degree of redress for persons who received disproportionately long sentences for non-violent drug-related offences.

At UN, Latin American leaders underline ‘insufficient’ progress, urgent need to address climate change

Opening the floor at the United Nations General Assembly today, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of El Salvador said “we have concluded a stage in the world’s history marked by important progress in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), however, this progress has not been sufficient.”

At UN, Canada urges focus on financing for climate change mitigation, adaptation

The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada, Daniel Jean, addressed the United Nations General Assembly today, noting the importance of the new sustainable development agenda and of ensuring the proper financing of climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts.

Speakers from Latin American region urge ‘results, not promises’ on UN goals

The Permanent Representative of Peru to the United Nations, Gustavo Meza-Cuadra, addressing the General Assembly today, highlighted both the new UN development agenda and the need to tackle climate change.

Colombia: UN envoy welcomes parties’ agreement on no amnesty for sexual violence

A senior United Nations envoy today welcomed an agreement between the Colombian Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) that includes provisions not to grant amnesties for the most serious crimes, including sexual violence.

UN chief expresses condolences following mass shooting at Oregon college

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced his deep sadness in the wake of the mass shooting that took place yesterday at a college in the state of Oregon in the United States.

Grenada joins regional call at UN for action on climate change

A framework for climate change “cannot wait,” Grenada’s Foreign Minister said today, joining other leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean calling for urgent action in the United Nations General Assembly.

Nicaragua sees hand of capitalism behind world’s woes, calls for re-founded UN

Nicaragua today called for recreating and re-founding the United Nations as an equitable and democratic Organization, blaming capitalism for terrorism and the other humanitarian and environmental crises afflicting the world.

In speech to UN Assembly, Haitian President spotlights process to wrap up nationwide elections this year

Praising the ongoing assistance his country has received from the United Nations, Haitian President Michel Martelly told the General Assembly today that a process has been launched that should lead to the achievement of presidential, legislative, municipal and territorial elections by the end of the year.