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Colombia: Ban welcomes announcement of peace talks between Government and National Liberation Army

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed today's announcement of the launching of peace talks between the Government of Colombia and the National Liberation Army (ELN), following the signing of an agreement between the parties.

UN team sent to Central African Republic to investigate new allegations of sexual exploitation

The United Nations has reported that a delegation led by the Secretary-General's Deputy Special Representative for the Central African Republic visited Kemo prefecture to gather more information on new allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse, as well as to engage with local communities and authorities.

Zika: 'the more we know the worse things look,' UN health agency chief reports

The head of the United Nations health agency today reported that in less than a year, the status of Zika has changed from “a mild medical curiosity” to a disease with severe public health implications, warning that “the more we know the worse things look.”

In Brazil, UN expert highlights deadly consequences of delaying land demarcation

Following a visit to Brazil, a United Nations independent human rights expert today expressed alarm about the extent of documented and reported attacks on indigenous peoples in the country's central-western state of Mato Grosso Do Sul.

Colombia: over 250,000 children impacted by conflict despite peace talks, UN agency reports

Hostilities in Colombia have disrupted the lives of more than a quarter of a million children since peace talks began three years ago, the United Nations children's agency today reported.

Security Council calls on Haiti to complete elections 'without further delay'

Deeply concerned by the continued suspension of electoral rounds in Haiti, the United Nations Security Council today called for the completion of the polling cycle without further delay to allow the Haitian people the opportunity to vote for their elected representatives in a free, fair, inclusive and transparent contest.

Honduras risks becoming ‘lawless killing zone’ for human rights defenders – UN expert

An independent United Nations expert on the situation of human rights defenders today urged the Government of Honduras “to take immediate and concrete actions, or risk turning the country into a lawless killing zone for human rights defenders.”

Haiti’s only path to institutional and political stability is going to the polls – UN envoy

A protracted political crisis in Haiti may hamper the stabilization gains achieved in recent year and further decline the island nation’s economic growth, the top United Nations official in the country today told the Security Council.

FEATURE: UN envoy in Haiti discusses upcoming elections and UN’s transitioning role

Sandra Honoré is the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Haiti and head of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the country (MINUSTAH). A post she has held since 15 July 2013.

New Mission in Colombia 'unprecedented' in history of UN ceasefire observation – Ban

The United Nations political mission that is being deployed in Colombia will be an “unprecedented experience” in the country, as well as in the history of UN ceasefire observations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said.