Americas

Ban-Ki moon to see UN rehabilitation efforts in Haiti during upcoming visit

When Ban Ki-moon arrives in Haiti tomorrow for a 24-hour tour, he will witness efforts by the United Nations in the fields of security, the economy and the judiciary that have fostered progress since the last visit by a Secretary-General to the impoverished Caribbean country a year ago, the UN mission there said today.

UN reiterates call on Guatemala to back proposed body to probe armed groups

The United Nations today reiterated its call on Guatemala to “seize this opportunity” to set up a proposed independent body to investigate illegal armed groups in the Central American country on the eve of a vote in the national legislature tomorrow.

US subsidiary of Swedish firm to manage preconstruction phase of UN complex renovation

The United Nations today signed a contract with the United States subsidiary of a Swedish firm which will oversee the preconstruction stage of the seven-year, $1.9 billion refurbishment of the world body's New York Headquarters.

In California, Ban Ki-moon hails local initiatives to foster energy efficiency

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in California on a trip aimed at spotlighting the issue of climate change, today praised the state for taking measures to foster energy efficiency and invited Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to United Nations talks on the issue this September.

Secretary-General journeys to San Francisco, site of first overseas visit

The United Nations Secretary-General today met in San Francisco with the woman who, in 1962, hosted the young Ban Ki-moon when he was a student on the first stop in what would eventually develop into a life of international travel as part of his diplomatic career.

Ban Ki-moon to meet with leaders of Haiti and Barbados next week

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will meet with Government officials, civic leaders and United Nations staff during official visits to Haiti and Barbados next week, a spokesperson for the world body announced today.

Haiti: ECOSOC team urges investment in key sectors, boosting public institutions

Aiming to strengthen the economy in Haiti and promote stability there, a team from the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) is calling for investment in tourism, agriculture and the textile and assembly industry.

UN reform discussed in Ban Ki-moon’s meeting with US Congress members

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met yesterday with the foreign affairs committees of the United States Senate and House of Representatives in Washington, DC, discussing an array of issues from United Nations reform to the situation of Iraqi refugees.

UN refugee agency welcomes US House resolution on Colombia’s displaced

The United Nations refugee agency today welcomed a resolution recently passed by the United States House of Representatives calling for an increase in aid from Washington for millions of displaced people in Colombia.

Ban Ki-moon says climate change will be key topic in talks with US President

On the eve of his meeting in Washington, D.C. with United States President George W. Bush, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said the two will discuss climate change ahead of a special session on the issue planned for September in New York and a global conference to be held two months later in Bali.