Americas

UN expert urges measures to protect children from sale, sexual abuse in Honduras

Honduras must immediately adopt measures to effectively protect children, without discrimination, from all forms of violence, abuse and exploitation, an independent United Nations human rights expert has urged.

Argentine jail conditions violated rights of prisoner with disabilities, UN panel finds

A United Nations human rights panel said today that Argentine authorities failed to ensure that a prisoner with disabilities was able to use prison facilities and services on an equal basis with other detainees, and urged them to take steps to rectify the situation.

UNAIDS teams up with Brazilian footballer David Luiz ahead of World Cup

As the FIFA World Cup in Brazil draws closer, the United Nations agency leading the response to the AIDS epidemic today named the country’s football star David Luiz as a Goodwill Ambassador to raise awareness about HIV and drive young people to help end discrimination and commit to prevention.

In Mexico, Ban urges renewed global partnership for development in address to aid forum

With the deadline for the globally agreed development targets fast approaching, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for a renewed global partnership to advance sustainable development and a life of dignity for all.

Chile: UN cultural agency offers support after devastating fires in Valparaíso

The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today voiced deep concern over the destruction caused by fires that have been raging around Valparaíso and pledged to help safeguard the Chilean city’s historic sites.

UN chief saddened by passing of Trinidad and Tobago’s former President

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon paid tribute to the Trinidad and Tobago's former President, A.N.R. (Ray) Robinson, who died on Wednesday at age 87.

Ban welcomes start of dialogue to ease Venezuela tensions

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the start of dialogue to ease political tensions in Venezuela and called on all actors to work towards overcoming the current challenges facing the country.

Washington ‘Redskins’ team name, ‘hurtful reminder’ to Native Americans – UN expert

The United Nations independent expert tasked with defending the rights of indigenous peoples, today called on the owners of the Washington Redskins football team to consider that the term “redskins” is the hurtful reminder of the long history of mistreatment of Native American people in the United States.

Ban saddened at death of UN envoy dealing with Guyana-Venezuela border controversy

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced his deep sadness at the death of Norman Girvan of Jamaica, who had been his Personal Representative on the Border Controversy between Guyana and Venezuela since April 2010.

Haiti: Senior UN official urges donor community to ramp up efforts to tackle cholera

The United Nations official tasked with coordinating the response to the cholera epidemic in Haiti says the country is not receiving the international attention it deserves, and is calling on the donor community to scale up support to combat the disease.