Peru takes Chile to UN World Court over maritime dispute

Peru today asked the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, to adjudicate a maritime boundary dispute with Chile.

Haitian diplomat elected to lead UN Economic and Social Council in 2008

Haitian Ambassador Léo Mérorès has been elected by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) as its President for 2008, succeeding Dalius Cekuolis of Lithuania.

UN-supported probe into armed groups in Guatemala set to begin work

The independent body recently set up with the help of the United Nations to investigate the presence and activities of illegal armed groups in Guatemala will be officially launched today in the Central American nation’s capital.

Secretary-General welcomes release of hostages by Colombian guerrillas

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the release of two women held by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – known by its Spanish acronym FARC – and expressed hope that other captives will also be let go soon.

UN oversight office chief says steps being taken to bolster transparency

Stressing that transparency is a precondition for accountability, the head of the United Nations internal oversight office today spotlighted the steps being taken to bolster the Organization’s capacity to investigate allegations of fraud and corruption.

Haiti: UN pledges to help Government improve security in 2008

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti will continue to help the Government to improve border security in 2008, the Organization’s top official in the Caribbean nation has pledged.

International cooperation vital to bridging digital divide, says Secretary-General

Cooperation among the international community is key to overcoming the “digital divide” that separates poor communities from affluent ones through their lack of access to information and communication technology (ICT) and to bolstering development, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.