New UN Economic and Social Council president outlines priorities

The newly-elected President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Lazarous Kapambwe of Zambia, today outlined the body’s agenda for the coming year and pledged to work to strengthen its effectiveness in carrying out the United Nations’ global development agenda.

Review of UN rights council an opportunity to boost effectiveness, Assembly told

The upcoming five-year review of the United Nations Human Rights Council should help it make a greater difference on the ground, reacting more swiftly and effectively to chronic and urgent abuses, the body’s president told the General Assembly today.

Security Council delegation meets Congolese President, heads to Liberia

A United Nations Security Council delegation on a week-long trip to Africa met today with President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a spokesperson for the world body said.

Libyan presidency of UN Council to focus on peacekeeping policy, Sudan

Peacekeeping policy and the repercussions of a possible indictment of the Sudanese President by the International Criminal Court (ICC) are among top concerns of the Security Council this month, according to the Charge d’affaires of Libya, the body’s March president.

Ban briefs Council on recent trip to Iraq, Afghanistan

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today briefed the United Nations Security Council in a closed session on his recent trip to Africa, Asia and Europe, providing a detailed report on his contacts on a range of conflicts and issues from Somalia and Zimbabwe to Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Iraq and Gaza.

Luxembourg diplomat elected to lead UN Economic and Social Council in 2009

Ambassador Sylvie Lucas of Luxembourg was elected today as the 65th President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), making her the second woman to lead the world body’s principal organ responsible for coordinating work in these critical fields.

Security Council hears briefings from its sanctions committees

The United Nations Security Council was briefed today by the heads of its subsidiary bodies entrusted with monitoring sanctions on Sudan, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Somalia, Al-Qaida and the Taliban, Côte d’Ivoire, Iran, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Rwanda.

Security Council calls for greater help in fight against Somali pirates

The Security Council today called on all countries and regional organizations with the necessary capacity to deploy naval ships and military aircraft off the Somali coast to fight rampant piracy that is impeding United Nations efforts to feed millions of hungry civilians in the strife-torn country.

UN rights body’s ‘think tank’ kicks off inaugural session

A new body serving as a “think tank” to provide advice and conduct research for the United Nations Human Rights Council began its first-ever session today in Geneva.

Nigerian ambassador elected to head UN Human Rights Council

The United Nations Human Rights Council today elected Martin Ihoeghian Uhomoibhi of Nigeria for a one-year term as President of the Geneva-based body that replaced the much-criticized Commission on Human Rights.