Colombian ratification of nuclear treaty welcomed by Secretary-General

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed Colombia’s ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), which will enter into force when it becomes law in nine more countries.

Armed groups uproot 2,000 more Colombians, UN refugee agency says

Some 2,000 people, many of them children, have fled the countryside for refuge in cities and villages after being threatened by irregular armed groups in north-eastern Colombia, the latest victims of long-running conflicts that have uprooted 3 million people overall, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.

New UN-backed drive grants micro-credit to Colombian refugees

In another move to foster livelihoods for hundreds of thousands of Colombians uprooted by decades of conflict, the United Nations refugee agency has signed an agreement with a Venezuelan bank to grant over $700,000 in micro-credit.

Secretary-General welcomes release of hostages by Colombian guerrillas

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the release of two women held by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – known by its Spanish acronym FARC – and expressed hope that other captives will also be let go soon.