Towards a new urban agenda

By the middle of the century, the majority of the world’s citizens—four out of five people—could be living in towns or cities.

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UN body says Wikileaks founder should be allowed to go free

The founder of a controversial freedom of speech website has been held in arbitrary detention and thus deprived of his freedom.

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Bolivia, Ecuador hailed for advances made in indigenous rights

Bolivia and Ecuador have made great progress in advancing indigenous rights by openly recognizing them in their respective Constitutions.

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Ban commends Ecuador’s efforts on democracy, human rights, environment

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today commended the efforts undertaken in Ecuador to consolidate democracy following last year’s unrest, while also lauding advances related to indigenous issues, human rights and the environment.

Ecuador: recent unrest highlights need for press freedom, accurate reporting – UN expert

An independent United Nations human rights expert today urged the Government of Ecuador to guarantee the right to freedom of expression and freedom of press in the wake of the recent violence that erupted in the capital, Quito.

Ecuador: UN chief expresses deep concern at civil unrest

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced deep concern at today’s developments in Ecuador, where the President has been hurt during protests and some members of the police and military forces have reportedly been insubordinate.

UN expert urges Ecuador to address impunity for rising number of murders

An independent United Nations human rights expert has urged the Government of Ecuador to tackle the high level of impunity for killings in the South American nation, which is compounded by allegations of corruption at many levels.

Floating clinic brings vital health care to Ecuador’s refugee communities – UN

Isolated communities living in northern Ecuador are now able to receive urgently-needed health care thanks to a new floating clinic launched with the help of the United Nations refugee agency.

Ecuador opens new refugee office along border with Colombia with UN help

The Government of Ecuador today opened its first refugee office along the border with Colombia with the support of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Ban voices support for continuing efforts to ease Colombia-Ecuador tensions

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced his strong support of continuing regional efforts to help restore normal bilateral relations between the Andean neighbours Colombia and Ecuador.