Building a green economy, brick by brick

In Uruguay, thousands of families earn a precarious livelihood making bricks, using traditional methods that are often inefficient and harmful to the environment. A UN project, in collaboration with the Uruguayan government, aims to make the industry less polluting, whilst preserving jobs for the many artisans who depend on it. 

Ensure city poor and vulnerable are fed, amidst lockdown hunger risk, urges UN

The UN food agency, FAO, warns that hunger and fatalities could rise significantly in urban areas, without measures to ensure that poor and vulnerable residents have access to food. In Latin America, cities are finding ways to keep food supplies flowing, despite the current restrictions on movement and supplies.

Citing Uruguay’s commitment to human rights, UN rights chief urges more efforts to tackle violations

While Uruguay’s commitment to human rights at home and abroad is clear, a series of challenges must be addressed, including “inhumane” prison conditions and widespread violence against women, the UN human rights chief said Friday.

Uruguay joins other nations addressing General Assembly in calling for stronger, more flexible UN

In his speech to the General Assembly’s annual general debate, Rodolfo Nin Novoa, Foreign Minister of Uruguay, said strengthened international coordination bodies are needed more than ever, urging respect for the principle of sovereignty.

UN nuclear test ban needs to be enforced, says Uruguay’s vice minister

A ban on all nuclear testing would send a “clear message” that the international community is determined to achieve a nuclear-free world.

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Citing Uruguay’s ‘inspiring’ record on environment, UN expert says country must do more

Uruguay has much to be proud of in its record on human rights and the environment, but the South American country still has some challenges ahead, including the setting up of an environment ombudsperson, a United Nations-appointed expert said today.

Uruguay to act as peace “facilitator” in Security Council

Uruguay has said it will aim to act as a peace “facilitator” during its one-month presidency of the UN Security Council.

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Japan, Ukraine, countries to watch as new Security Council members

Five new non-permanent members have been elected to serve on the UN Security Council from next year, with Japan and Ukraine the countries to watch, says the co-editor of a new book on its role.

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UN expert calls on Uruguay to provide access to water to poor communities

An independent United Nations human rights expert today called on Uruguayan authorities to implement measures to provide access to health and sanitation to its poorest and most marginalized communities.

Secretary-General hails Uruguay’s contribution to UN peacekeeping

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today thanked Uruguay for being one of the largest contributors to United Nations peacekeeping worldwide.