World's most vulnerable must benefit from promise and ideals of UN Charter – Ban

Although important steps were taken over the past year to uphold the values and advance the vision set out in the United Nations Charter, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed today that bringing the promise of the Organization's founding document to the most vulnerable must continue to be the goal of its Member States.

Human trafficking has no place in modern world, General Assembly President says

Human trafficking has no place in the modern world, the President of the General Assembly declared today at a special event at United Nations Headquarters ahead of the observance of the first ever World Day against Trafficking in Persons.

UN rights office names hip-hop duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis ‘equality champions’

The United Nations campaign promoting greater respect for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons worldwide got a boost today from rapper Macklemore and music producer Ryan Lewis, who have been designated Equality Champions.

Insecurity obstructs social, economic development in Latin America – UN report

Latin America remains the most unequal and most insecure region in the world, the United Nations reported today, calling for inclusive economic growth and enhanced security and justice institutions as the most efficient ways to reduce insecurity.

UN expert calls on Honduras to step up efforts to protect children from sexual exploitation

A United Nations independent expert today called on Honduras to increase its efforts to protect children from sexual exploitation, adding that the country still faces many challenges to ensure they are not victims of prostitution, pornography and abuse.

Secretary-General calls on States to abolish death penalty

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on Member States which use the death penalty to abolish this practice, stressing that the right to life lies at the heart of international human rights law.

UN independent rights expert urges Gabon to combat trafficking of children

A United Nations independent human rights expert has urged Gabon to adopt measures to tackle trafficking in children from West and Central African States, and address traditional and cultural factors that exacerbate the problem.

UN Goodwill Ambassador Mira Sorvino recognized for human trafficking work

Recognizing her real-life role in the fight against human trafficking, the Academy Award winning actress and UN Goodwill Ambassador, Mira Sorvino, was awarded the Global Advocate of the Year Award by the UN press corps at an event in New York on Wednesday night.

On Human Rights Day, UN shines spotlight on role of rights defenders

The United Nations marked Human Rights Day today by shining the spotlight on the hundreds of thousands of “largely unsung heroes,” the human rights defenders who risk dismissal, harassment, torture, jail and even death for their activities.

Iraq paves way for UN treaty on enforced disappearance to enter into force

The United Nations human rights chief today welcomed the approaching entry into force of a landmark new treaty to deter enforced disappearance after Iraq became the 20th State to ratify the convention, paving the way for it to become effective in the next 30 days.