Colombia: UN calls for urgent action against alleged extrajudicial executions

The United Nations human rights office in Colombia has called on the authorities to take urgent measures to stop a wave of apparent extrajudicial executions after 25 bodies were found in the north of the country.

Ecuador, at UN, calls on European Union to reform migration policies

Ecuador spoke out against the European Union’s policy on migration during the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate today, stressing the need to protect the right of people to move freely.

World’s universities play vital role in shaping tomorrow’s leaders, says Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stressed the important role played by universities around the world in shaping the next generation of global leaders, and the impact of education on efforts to achieve peace and sustainable development.

UN food agency issues call for urgent support for storm-beleaguered Haitians

The head of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today appealed to donor nations to supply the funds needed to feed Haitians and repair infrastructure in the Caribbean nation, which is trying to recover after being battered by a series of severe storms since mid-August.

Haitian President calls for UN reform and new paradigm for helping world’s poor

The President of Haiti today told leaders gathered at the United Nations to “break the paradigm of charity in our approach to international cooperation” and invest instead in helping poor countries develop their own potential through such steps as a genuine liberalization of trade.

At UN, Caribbean nations call for rethinking of global financial structure

The international financial architecture must be revised to advance the development of poorer nations, Caribbean leaders told the annual high-level debate of the General Assembly today.

Ban welcomes Bolivia’s efforts at dialogue to diffuse domestic tensions

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the Bolivian Government’s efforts to pursue dialogue with opponents in search of peaceful, mutually-agreed solutions to the problems facing the country, an issue he discussed with President Evo Morales this week on the margins of the annual general debate of the United Nations General Assembly.

Haiti: senior UN relief official surveys storm-ravaged communities

The head of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today began a two-day visit to assess the devastation across hurricane-ravaged Haiti, which was grappling with chronic food security even before the recent series of storms.

Ban praises rise in school enrolment rates in Latin America

Latin America has posted impressive improvements in school enrolment rates, particularly among girls, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has told a gathering of countries from the region.

Clear political will needed to meet development targets, Chilean leader tells UN

The current turbulence in international financial markets demonstrates that the world needs a renewed sense of purpose in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by their 2015 deadline, the President of Chile told the General Assembly today.