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US recreational cannabis use would violate international laws, UN anti-narcotics panel says

Implementing the decisions of popular votes held in the United States in Colorado and Washington to allow for the recreational use of cannabis would be a violation of international laws, the United Nations body tasked with monitoring the production and consumption of narcotics worldwide said today.

Global hotspots top agenda as UN chief meets with new US Secretary of State

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Secretary of State John Kerry held talks in Washington D.C. today on a range of issues, including Syria, Mali and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with the United Nations chief stressing the importance of United States leadership in tackling global challenges.

Ban expresses deepest condolences to Connecticut Governor following school shooting

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has written to the Governor of Connecticut in the United States to express his deepest condolences at the murders which took place on Friday at an elementary school there, according to his spokesperson.

US must work to advance reconciliation with indigenous people – UN expert

The United States must adopt new measures to advance a reconciliation process with its indigenous peoples and address historical wrongs that have stopped them from fully realizing their rights, a United Nations independent expert said today.

UN human rights expert calls on US to consult with indigenous people over land sale

A United Nations independent expert today called on the United States Government and authorities in the state of South Dakota to start consultations with indigenous people on a land sale that will affect a site of spiritual significance to them.

UN expert urges US authorities to stop execution of two persons with disabilities

An independent United Nations human rights expert has urged United States authorities to stop the execution of two people with psychosocial disabilities who are scheduled to be put to death tomorrow in the states of Georgia and Texas.

Secretary-General welcomes US pledge of renewed engagement with UN

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the commitment to renewed United States engagement with the United Nations as stressed by US Ambassador Susan Rice, as well as the Government’s recent contributions to the world body’s budget.

UN chief to visit St. Louis in latest leg of US outreach tour

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will head west to St. Louis, Missouri, on Thursday as part of his efforts to reach out to the United States public, it was announced today.

US’s $50 million contribution will help empower women, says top UN official

The recent announcement by the United States State Department that it will contribute $50 million to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) will ring in a new era for women, girls and their families around the world, the head of the agency has said.

UN agency applauds US President's decision to resume funding

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has lauded President Barack Obama's decision to restore United States funding for its operations, hailing the new leader for his efforts to advance women's health, rights and equality.