Americas

UN mission in Haiti to hold memorial service for 11 peacekeepers killed in crash

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti will hold a memorial ceremony tomorrow in the capital, Port-au-Prince, to honour the 11 military officers killed when a plane crashed last Friday into a mountainside in the southeast of the country.

Haiti: Security Council expresses shock at deadly UN plane crash

The Security Council today expressed its “deep distress and shock” over yesterday's deadly crash in Haiti of a plane, affiliated with the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Caribbean nation, which killed all 11 people on board.

UN human rights experts raise concern over growing use of foreign mercenaries in Honduras

A group of independent United Nations experts voiced concern today over the influx of foreign mercenaries in Honduras since the Central American nation’s President was deposed in a military coup in June.

No survivors after UN plane carrying 11 people crashes in Haiti

All 11 people aboard a United Nations plane that crashed today in a mountainous area of south-eastern Haiti have been killed, the UN peacekeeping mission to the Caribbean country has confirmed.

UNESCO chief welcomes removal of decree imposing press restrictions in Honduras

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today welcomed the decision by the de facto authorities in Honduras to lift an emergency decree imposing restrictions on freedom of expression in the wake of the surprised return of the ousted President.

Ban presses industry and governments to invest in green energy initiatives

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged business leaders and governments to invest in green energy schemes that move economies away from carbon-intensive energy strategies, on the first day of a United Nations-backed renewable energy conference in Mexico.

Guatemala: UN voices concern over recent election of Supreme Court judges

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and an independent United Nations human rights expert today voiced concern over the manner of the recent election of judges to the Supreme Court in Guatemala, saying the process was rushed and lacked transparency and objectivity.

UN pays tribute after designer of iconic logo dies at 102

A senior United Nations official paid tribute today to the designer of the original emblem for the world body, Donal McLaughlin Jr., who died peacefully in his sleep last week at the age of 102.

Now is the time to invest in Haiti, UN envoy Bill Clinton says during latest visit

United Nations Special Envoy to Haiti, former United States president Bill Clinton, has led a delegation of 500 business leaders from around the world to the Caribbean country in a bid to unlock what he called Haiti’s “great potential for development.”

Honduras: UN officials sound alarm over crackdown on freedoms

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with upholding the freedom of expression today led a chorus of UN voices expressing concern over the suppression of civil liberties in Honduras following a coup d’état in the Central American country in June.