Colombian bill on military criminal justice ‘major setback’ for human rights, say experts

A group of independent United Nations human rights experts are calling on the Government and the Congress of Colombia to reconsider the possible adoption of a bill that aims to restructure and expand the scope of the jurisdiction of military courts.

UN chief congratulates Colombians on presidential vote, voices support for peace efforts

Following confirmation that President Juan Manuel Santos has been re-elected, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said he looks forward to continuing to work with his Government in “efforts to promote peace, human rights and development” for all Colombians.

Ban welcomes announced start of peace talks between Colombia, ELN rebels

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the announced start of peace talks between the Government of Colombia and representatives of the National Liberation Army (ELN), and encouraged all parties to remain committed to the pursuit of peace in the country.

Deputy UN aid chief calls for more support for Colombians affected by conflict, disaster

Thousands of people are forcibly displaced and hundreds killed every month in Colombia, a senior United Nations humanitarian official today said, calling for more support for people affected by five decades of armed conflict and natural disasters in the country.

Colombia: Ban welcomes deal between Government, FARC to address illicit drugs

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has today welcomed the agreement reached between Colombia's Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP) on dealing with illicit drugs in the country.

Building “resilient cities” from the bottom up

What a person does as an individual has an impact on urban resilience, according to the UN Special Envoy for Disaster Risk Reduction.

Urban resilience is the capacity of an urban area or city to prepare, respond to or recover from a natural or man-made disaster.

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Political commitment needed to create equitable cities

Political commitment and technical expertise are needed to create cities in which people can live as equal citizens, according to the UN’s human settlements chief.

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Free app helps locate wrongly lit city street lamps

With one touch of a button, a free mobile application or app is helping cities save energy.

The Muhanna Foundation, a non-profit based in Beirut, designed the app a year ago, to help citizens report a street lamp that remains lit during the day.

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Kenya to borrow ideas from other countries at the World Urban Forum

Cities in developing countries can learn from success stories in other parts of the world, according to Minister Suleiman Sumba from Kakamega County in Kenya.

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Young people to play role in future of cities

Young people are being asked what type of cities they would like to inhabit in the future.

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