UN food agency mourns death of US Senator who was ‘tireless advocate of world’s hungry’

The United Nations food agency today paid tribute to former United States Senator George McGovern who died on Sunday at the age of 90, praising his efforts to combat hunger in his own country as well as abroad.

UN independent experts urge Colombia to reconsider proposed criminal law for military

A group of United Nations independent human rights experts today called on Colombian authorities to revisit the military criminal law provisions of proposed constitutional reforms, warning they could have serious implications for the rule of law, violate international law, and reverse the Latin American nation’s achievements in advancing respect for human rights.

Ban congratulates Argentine Foreign Minister on Security Council seat

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today met with Argentine Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman and congratulated Argentina on its accession to the Security Council for the 2013 – 2014 session.

At dedication of memorial, UN chief lauds Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s global vision

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today paid tribute to a key figure in the formation of the United Nations, United States wartime President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who died just months before seeing his dream come true 67 years ago but whose global vision surmounting national boundaries still guides the world body.

UN and Brazil sign $20 million agreement to help cotton farmers in developing countries

A $20 million agreement signed today by the United Nations and Brazil will seek to transfer the expertise of the South American country to support cotton farmers in developing economies.

Security Council extends mandate of UN peacekeepers in Haiti for another year

The Security Council today extended the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti for another year, and decided to reduce the overall force levels as responsibility for security is gradually handed over to the national police.

UN human rights teams head to scene of deadly clashes in western Guatemala

United Nations human rights officers have been dispatched to western Guatemala, where clashes between indigenous communities, police and the military have resulted in several deaths and injuries.

Haiti must strengthen rule of law institutions to consolidate progress – UN

Haiti must focus on strengthening its rule of law institutions, including its national police and electoral council, to consolidate the gains it has achieved in recent years, the United Nations Security Council heard today as it reviewed developments in the Caribbean country.

Thousands of families in Colombia to benefit from UN-backed poverty reduction project

More than 50,000 families in Colombia will benefit from a United Nations-backed rural poverty reduction project which seeks to facilitate access to financing and community services for small-scale producers.

UN experts voice shock at killing of prominent rights defender in Honduras

Three independent United Nations experts have expressed their dismay at the killing in Honduras of prominent human rights lawyer Antonio Trejo Cabrera, who was very active in the media denouncing alleged abuses by landowners and politicians.