Americas

Haiti: UN mission and local police arrest four men at heart of kidnapping gang

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti and the country's police force say they have dismantled an important criminal gang wanted for several recent kidnappings and murders after arresting four men yesterday morning.

New UN centre informs Colombian refugees crossing into Ecuador on rights

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has opened a new information centre at a key border crossing point to inform Colombian refugees and migrants crossing into Ecuador about their rights.

United States ratification puts nuclear pact close to entry into force – UN agency

The United States’ ratification of a key nuclear pact, which seeks to create uniformity in compensation for victims of nuclear accidents, brings it within shot of entering into force, the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has announced.

Secretary-General lauds ‘intense’ diplomatic efforts on Bolivia

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the “intense diplomatic work” being carried out by the Organization of American States (OAS), the Group of Friends of Bolivia – comprising Argentina, Brazil and Colombia – and others with regard to political developments in Bolivia.

Martin Luther King an ‘unsurpassed advocate’ of UN values, says Ban Ki-moon

Viewing original papers written by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Atlanta – the city he called home – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today paid tribute to the renowned United States civil rights leader, saying the values he lived and died for are shared by the United Nations.

Head of UN agricultural agency in Haiti to discuss food security

The head of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is in Haiti for talks on food security with top officials including President René Préval.

Groundbreaking ceremony kicks off five-year UN renovation scheme

Shovels in hand and donning blue hard hats, members of the United Nations community, led by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, today broke ground for the construction of temporary conference venue at the world body’s New York Headquarters, marking the beginning of a five-year, $1.9 billion overhaul of the landmark complex.

Jamaican children need hope to resist violence, says ex-soldier and UN Advocate

Jamaican children need more opportunities, support and hope to resist and rise above violence, former child soldier and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Advocate for Children Affected by War Ishmael Beah said at the end of a two-day visit to the Caribbean nation.