Annan praises UN women’s panel on 60th anniversary for being ‘ahead of its time’

The world is beginning to recognize that empowering women and girls is key to development thanks to a United Nations women’s commission that is “ahead of its time,” UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said, marking the body’s 60th anniversary.

Officials hail ‘historic’ inaugural session of UN Peacebuilding Commission

In what United Nations officials hailed as an historic milestone in global efforts to help countries avert a relapse into bloodshed after emerging from conflict, the first meeting of the newly created Peacebuilding Commission was held today at UN Headquarters in New York.

Proposed Human Rights Council is ‘issue of great importance to all’: Annan

Warning that the proposed Human Rights Council could “unravel” if Member States made the wrong moves in the ongoing negotiations over the body, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today that the Council was of utmost importance to all nations and the stakes in the ongoing debate were “very high.”

States should transcend national concerns to agree on Human Rights Council: Eliasson

Calling on Member States to transcend their national positions and forge global solutions, General Assembly President Jan Eliasson said today that it was crucial to get speedy agreement on setting up a new United Nations Human Rights Council, the body put forward to replace the much-criticized Commission on Human Rights.

Empowering women is key to development, Fréchette tells UN Commission

Opening the 50th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, UN Deputy-Secretary General Louise Fréchette said today the international community is finally comprehending that empowering women and girls around the globe is the most effective tool for a country’s development.

Commission on Human Rights: independent experts issue report on Guantanamo detainees

Five independent human rights experts with mandates from the United Nations Commission on Human Rights today called on the United States to close the Guantánamo Bay detention centre and either bring all detainees to trial or release them without further delay, according to a joint report released today in Geneva.

Economies of developing countries continue to grow but aid still needed – UN official

As the United Nations Commission for Social Development began its annual session in New York today, a senior official with the world body said that growth in developing countries is expected to continue in the period ahead, but cautioned that an expanding economy must be matched by efforts to cut poverty.

UN official urges new human rights body to build on success of past six decades

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour said today that the newly created Human Rights Council should build on the achievements of its predecessor in addressing abuses wherever they occur.