UN rights expert urges Chile to boost efforts in fighting extreme poverty

The issue of poverty continues to remain “under the radar” for many Chilean policy-makers despite the country’s impressive array of anti-poverty programmes, an independent United Nations human rights expert has warned.

Haiti making ‘measurable gains’ towards 2015 elections, UN envoy tells Security Council

The Government of Haiti has made progress towards the holding of elections critical for the country’s stability and development, the top United Nations official in the Caribbean nation told the Security Council today.

Haiti: UN mission welcomes proposed calendar for 2015 elections

The United Nations mission in Haiti welcomed today the formal proposal of a calendar for elections that have been delayed since 2011 and are scheduled to take place this year and looked forward to its prompt publication.

UN and Haitian partners appeal for aid to reduce vulnerability, build resilience

The United Nations, the Haitian Government and its partners have launched a $401 million appeal to reduce extreme vulnerability, while building resilience on the small Caribbean nation.

Eradicating sexual violence in Colombia requires investment in communities – UN envoy

In eradicating sexual violence related to Colombia’s internal armed conflict, the main challenge now is translating resolve into tangible solutions in communities where the crime continues to occur, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on Sexual Violence said at the conclusion of her trip to the Latin American country.

UNESCO chief condemns killing of Colombian journalist

The head of the United Nations agency mandated to defend press freedom today denounced the killing of Colombian journalist Luis Carlos Peralta Cuéllar in the “strongest possible terms” and urged local authorities to do their “utmost” to bring the perpetrators to justice.