Americas

Chile must stop using anti-terrorism law against Mapuche indigenous group – UN expert

A United Nations independent expert has urged the Chilean Government to stop applying an anti-terrorism law against its Mapuche indigenous people, who are fighting to recover their ancestral land.

UN expert urges Panama to strengthen rights of indigenous people

Panama must continue to strengthen the rights of its indigenous people and ensure they are allowed to preserve their land and autonomy, a United Nations independent expert said today, raising concerns over the recent loss of large indigenous areas to third parties.

Ban rings Wall Street closing bell, welcomes NY Stock Exchange to UN initiative

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) to a United Nations initiative which seeks to support responsible and sustainable investments.

UN, Caribbean bloc hail strong partnership, highlight shared concerns at biennial meeting

Sustainable development, climate change and security challenges were among the shared concerns highlighted during a two-day meeting between the United Nations system and the regional grouping known as the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), which wrapped up today in New York.

UN official urges investigation into killing of Mexican reporter

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today deplored the recent murder of Mexican reporter Alberto López Bello and called for a full investigation into his assassination.

Human rights central to Colombia's peace process, UN official stresses during visit

Respect for human rights will be critical as Colombia transitions from conflict to peace, a top United Nations official stressed, noting in particular that the rights of victims must be at the centre of the Government's negotiations with rebel groups.

UNESCO chief deplores murder of Honduran broadcaster

The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has condemned the recent murder of a Honduran broadcaster and called on the authorities to bring those responsible to justice.

UN emergency fund allocates extra $1.5 million for cholera response in Haiti

The United Nations emergency relief fund will allocate an additional $1.5 million to the cholera response in Haiti, at a time when cases are set to rise due to the rainy season.

UN rights chief urges protection for individuals revealing human rights violations

A senior United Nations official today stressed the need to respect the right to privacy, using the case of United States citizen Edward Snowden to illustrate the urgent need to protect individuals who reveal human rights violations.

Historic journey of solar-powered plane an inspiration for sustainability – UN chief

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon applauded today the journey of the first solar-powered plane to cross the United States from coast to coast and declared that the historic flight could serve as an inspiration to tackle climate change and promote sustainable development.