Successful polls a sign of Haitians’ yearning for better future – UN envoy

The United Nations envoy for Haiti said today that the recent successful electoral process in the Caribbean nation is a demonstration of the resilience of its people and an indication of their determination to build a better country for themselves.

Continued US support vital to UN’s success, Ban says on visit to Washington

As United States lawmakers remain embroiled in a heated budget debate, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed the need for continued support from the largest contributor to the United Nations system so that the world body can carry on with its important work.

Haiti will continue to need strong international support, Ban tells Security Council

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today pledged the continued assistance of the United Nations for Haiti, which, while having made significant gains in recent months, still faces a number of daunting challenges such as reviving its crippled economy and strengthening the rule of law.

UN rural development fund lends Bolivia $8 million for poverty alleviation

The United Nations rural development arm has lent Bolivia about $8 million to fund projects to alleviate poverty in two departments, the agency reported today following the signing of a financing agreement with the Government of the South American country.

UN welcomes calm atmosphere as initial results of Haitian elections are released

The United Nations peacekeeping operation in Haiti today welcomed the release of the preliminary results of the country’s presidential and legislative elections and urged Haitians to continue to show patience and calm in the lead-up to the release of final results.

Ban to discuss UN’s work with officials in Washington, D.C. later this week

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will be in Washington, D.C., on Thursday to discuss with United States officials the work of the United Nations in a number of critical areas, his spokesperson announced today.

Impunity a major issue as Mexico addresses enforced disappearances – UN experts

Impunity is still a major concern when it comes to tackling enforced disappearances in Mexico, a group of United Nations human rights experts said today as they outlined recommendations to the Government on the prevention, investigation, punishment and reparation of this crime.