Americas

UN climate change official applauds US climate change strategy

President Barack Obama’s climate action plan can be a critical move forward on the path towards a new, global climate agreement, the head of the United Nations climate change body said in reaction to today’s announced strategy by the United States leader.

Live at the Apollo: UN chief urges Democracy Prep grads to help shape ‘new future’

Hailing the first-ever graduating class of Democracy Prep High School, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the young scholars to “change the world” through global citizenship, and to help the United Nations respond as “one human family” to major international challenges.

UN calls on Brazilian authorities to exercise restraint as protests flare

Brazilian authorities must exercise restraint in dealing with spreading social protests in the country, the United Nations human rights office said today in the wake of reported clashes between demonstrators and police in Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte.

Haiti: UN warns 1.5 million people face severe hunger following weather shocks

The United Nations food relief agency said it remained extremely concerned by the plight of 1.5 million people in Haiti who need food assistance, following extreme weather conditions and poor harvests.

Haiti: Senior UN official ‘gravely concerned’ by forced evictions of displaced families

Following the razing of a temporary camp sight in Haiti, a senior United Nations official today expressed concern about ongoing illegal forced evictions and human rights abuses of families displaced by the 2010 earthquake.

Independent UN rights expert urges more clarity on US counter-terrorism policies

An independent United Nations human rights expert today wrapped up his visit to Washington, DC by calling for more clarity on aspects of President Barack Obama’s speech last month on United States counter-terrorism policy, particularly on the use of drones.

Ban congratulates Ambassador Rice on being named US national security advisor

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today congratulated United States Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice on her appointment as National Security Adviser to her country.

UN experts urge El Salvador to reconsider abortion legislation, citing ruling against ill woman

A group of United Nations independent experts today called on the Government of El Salvador to reconsider its abortion legislation, following a ruling by the Supreme Court which denied the procedure to a seriously ill woman.