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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.

Ban welcomes US decision to close Guantánamo Bay detention centre

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the decision by United States President Barack Obama to begin the process of closing the detention facility in Guantánamo Bay.

US decision to close Guantánamo Bay detention centre hailed by UN rights chief

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has welcomed today’s decision by the new United States administration to close the detention facility in Guantánamo Bay, as well as the decision to ban methods of interrogation that contravene international law.

Closing Guantánamo Bay will end ‘dark chapter’ for US, stress UN experts

A group of independent United Nations human rights experts have welcomed United States President-elect Barack Obama’s announced decision close the Guantánamo Bay detention centre, stressing it will end “a dark chapter in the country’s history.”

Ban congratulates Obama on election as United States President

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today extended his congratulations to United States President-Elect Barack Obama, voicing hope that his election will usher in a new era of multilateralism and enhanced partnership with the United Nations.