Americas

UN-supported ‘historic’ training to monitor ceasefire between Government and FARC-EP starts in Colombia

Following a recent agreement to end more than 50 years of conflict between the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP), a seven-day training session on monitoring and verifying their bilateral ceasefire has begun in the country’s western city of Popayan, with United Nations support.

Ban notes developments in Brazil, extends best wishes to new President

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has taken note of the decision by the Brazilian Senate to impeach President Dilma Rousseff and of the subsequent swearing in of acting President Michel Temer as President of Brazil.

Bolivia: UN human rights office condemns killing of vice minister and three miners

The United Nations human rights office today spoke out against the killing of a government minister by a group of striking miners last Thursday, as well as deadly clashes between police and people opposed to a new mining law.

UN cultural agency hails creation of world’s largest marine protected area

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today welcomed the establishment by US President Barack Obama of the largest nature reserve in the world, done through expanding a marine reserve in the state of Hawaii.

UN agency stresses importance of investing in Colombia’s rural communities in wake of peace accord

A senior official at the United Nations rural development agency has stressed the importance of investing in Colombia’s small farmers and rural communities to ensure lasting peace in the country.

UNESCO chief condemns killing of journalist in Brazil

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom has condemned the killing of João Miranda do Carmo, an online journalist in Brazil, and called for an investigation into the incident.

Security Council reiterates commitment to Colombian peace process

The United Nations Security Council has warmly welcomed the conclusion of negotiations earlier this week between the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – People's Army (FARC-EP), and congratulated the Colombian people in achieving a final peace agreement, bringing an end to more than 50 years of conflict.

UN will support Colombia's 'drive to build a future in peace,' says Ban as historic talks end

Congratulating the Colombian Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – People's Army (FARC-EP) on reaching a deal to end more than 50 years of conflict, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today pledged the ongoing support of the United Nations system to the two sides as they muster the “equally determined and exemplary effort” that will be required to implement the agreements.

To escape gangs and poverty, Central American children making risky journey to US – UNICEF

The flow of refugee and migrant children – seeking refuge from brutal gangs and stifling poverty in Central America and making their way to the United States – shows no sign of letting up, despite the risks of being kidnapped, trafficked, raped, or killed on the journey, a report from the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) found.

Honduras: Killing of rights defenders highlight perils they face, says UN rights office

With at least eight human rights defenders killed in Honduras this year, United Nations and international rights experts today said the country is one of the most hostile and dangerous for rights defenders and urged the Government to take urgent steps to ensure their protection.