UN agencies condemn violence against Mexican peace activists

Two United Nations agencies have strongly condemned the recent murder of a Mexican peace activist and the attempted killing of the chief of a women’s rights organization in the same country and called on the Government to investigate and prosecute those responsible.

Heeding UNICEF’s calls, Mexico makes progress towards free birth registration

Thousands of children from indigenous communities in the southern Mexican states of Chiapas and Oaxaca received birth certificates after sustained calls from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for free birth registration.

UN expert welcomes Mexico’s move to recognize food as constitutional right

A United Nations expert today welcomed Mexico’s promulgation of a constitutional reform that recognizes the right to food in the country, and urged authorities to implement measures to give all Mexicans access to this human right.

UN welcomes Mexican initiative to protect population from earthquakes

The United Nations welcomed Mexico City’s new preventive measures to protect its population from earthquakes by ensuring that property at high risk of damage is expropriated by the Government and its occupants provided with safe alternate housing.

Mexico calls on UN to help control flow of high-powered weapons to drug gangs

Mexico, where tens of thousands of people have been murdered and mutilated in drug wars over the past five years, today called on the United Nations to help establish strict controls in producer and supplier countries on the high-powered weapons that feed the arsenals of traffickers.

Experienced Mexican official to become next UN Controller

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today that he has appointed an experienced financial officer and manager from Mexico as the next Controller of the United Nations.

UN chief condemns deadly arson attack in Mexico

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today deplored the arson attack that left 53 people dead in Monterrey, Mexico, yesterday and voiced solidarity with the country’s people, the families of the victims and the country’s Government.

UN human rights chief voices concern over high level of violence in Mexico

The United Nations human rights chief has voiced concern over escalating violence in some parts Mexico, saying organized crime and brutality could undermine the State and threaten the people''s basic rights.

UN expert urges Mexican ‘state of emergency’ to battle food poverty and obesity

A United Nations food expert has called for a “state of emergency” in Mexico to battle both food poverty and obesity, and suggested that changes to the country’s agricultural policies could tackle the two problems simultaneously.

Senior UN official commends Mexican human rights reform

A top United Nations official has lauded Mexico’s enactment of constitutional changes on human rights as a positive reform that will pave the way for greater protection of internationally recognized rights in that country.