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Spotlighting regional issues, UN reform, Latin American leaders address General Assembly

Nicolas Maduro Moros, President of Venezuela called for an in deep transformation of the United Nations by revamping leadership of the Security Council and strengthening the clout of the Secretary-General.

In Uruguay, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson urges women’s political participation

On her first country visit as UN Women’s Goodwill Ambassador, acclaimed British actor Emma Watson in Uruguay highlighted the need for women’s political participation as the country gears up for elections with a first-ever national quota law guaranteeing 30 per cent women’s representation.

Colombian women’s network receives annual UN refugee award

A Colombian women’s rights group, whose members put their lives on the line to assist survivors of forced displacement and sexual abuse, is this year’s winner of a prestigious award presented by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Haiti: UN envoy calls for democratic consolidation to avoid ‘institutional vacuum’

Amid continuing mistrust and disagreement over the electoral process in Haiti, a senior United Nations official today voiced deep concern over the political stalemate in the country.

Amid Missouri protests, Ban urges restraint, respect for right to peaceful assembly

As protests intensify over the killing of an American teenager in Missouri, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged all parties to exercise restraint and for authorities to respect the right to peaceful assembly.

UN-backed disaster resilience campaign tops 2,000 participating cities

With the addition of Aguas da Prata, Brazil, two thousand cities worldwide are now enrolled in a United Nations global campaign engaging as many local governments as possible to take on the challenge of integrating disaster risk management into their development processes.

Following Argentina ‘Grandmother’ reunion, UN experts urge support for families of disappeared

A group of United Nations human rights experts today urged Governments around the world to fully support the families of disappeared people and organizations working on their behalf in the search for their loved ones.

UN rights office praises identification of 114th Argentinian 'Grandson of Plaza de Mayo'

The United Nations human rights office today called on authorities around the world to redouble their efforts to find people missing due to enforced disappearances following reports that an Argentine grandmother discovered the identity of a grandson born during the military dictatorship in the country 37 years ago.

UNESCO chief denounces killing of Mexican journalist, urges investigation

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today denounced the killing of a Mexican television journalist in his hometown of Guadalupe, in the north-central part of the country.

On first official visit, Ban hails Costa Rica as ‘model’ for development, peace

On his first official visit, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon lauded Costa Rica as a “model country” in sustainable development and protecting human rights.