UNESCO condemns murders of journalists in Mexico and Brazil

The United Nations agency tasked with defending and promoting press freedom today condemned the murders of journalists in Mexico and Brazil, two Latin American countries where reporters have already been killed this year.

Aid challenges and Government stalemate hinders aid to Haiti, UN report finds

A United Nations advisory group on Haiti today reported improvements in the earthquake-torn country but said aid coordination remains a challenge, and a stalemate in the formation of the Government is delaying aid.

Ban asks Iberoamerican artists for help in solving global problems

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today asked television producers and artists in Spain, Portugal and Latin America to use their imaginative talents to find new ways to help solve challenges related to the environment, women’s empowerment, organized crime and drug trafficking.

UN official urges ‘positive social legacy’ from Brazil’s Olympics and World Cup

The upcoming World Cup soccer tournament and Summer Olympics in Brazil should be harnessed to deliver a “positive social legacy” for the South American country and beyond, the United Nations envoy for sports and peace has said.

UN human rights officials voice concern at closure of displaced camp in Haitian capital

United Nations human rights officials today urged Haitian authorities to ensure that the closure of camps for people displaced by last year’s catastrophic earthquake is done in a planned way as part of a broader plan to improve access to adequate housing.

Honduras: UNESCO deplores murders of two journalists

The head of the United Nations agency that works to defend press freedom spoke out today at the recent slayings of another two journalists in Honduras, where at least a dozen reporters have been killed in the past 18 months.

Senior UN official deplores murder of third Mexican journalist in one month

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom has condemned the killing of a Mexican journalist, the latest addition to what she called “the long list of victims sacrificed at the altar of freedom of expression.”

Ban congratulates Brazilian-Argentine agency for work on nuclear non-proliferation

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today congratulated the Brazilian-Argentine Agency for Accounting and Control of Nuclear Materials (ABACC) for its 20 years of working for nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation.

UN and national police launch anti-crime operation in Haitian capital

The United Nations and the Haitian National Police (HNP) have launched a joint security operation to crack down on criminal activity in key areas of the capital, Port-au-Prince.

Independent UN expert on torture calls for unrestricted access to US detainees

The United Nations independent expert on torture today voiced concern over restrictions imposed by the United States on access to detainees, stating that it is vital for him to have unmonitored access to Bradley Manning, the US soldier detained for allegedly leaking classified information to the WikiLeaks website.