UN Gender Focus: LBTI people and High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS

“Huge numbers” of LBTI people “killed and injured around the world”

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Obama phones Ban to discuss current crises and global affairs

United States President-elect Barack Obama has telephoned Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to discuss how to address current crises and strengthen the partnership between the US and the United Nations.

US military courts breach international obligations, UN rights expert warns

The Military Commissions Act (MCA) signed into law by President George Bush earlier this month violates the international obligations of the United States under human rights laws in several areas, including the right to challenge detention and to see exculpatory evidence, a United Nations expert on terrorism said today.

US pays $475 million to UN towards peacekeeping arrears

The United States today made another large payment in the amount of $475 million towards the payment of its peacekeeping arrears, a UN spokesman said on Monday.

Annan welcomes US approval of $582 million payment to UN for back dues

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed the decision by the States legislature to release over half a billion dollars for back dues owed by Washington to the United Nations.

Back from Washington, Annan says US administration wants UN dues paid

Following meetings today with United States President George W. Bush and other senior US officials in Washington, D.C., Secretary-General Kofi Annan said they had indicated their desire to honour the country's financial obligations to the world body.

Annan praises US human rights record after country loses seat on UN rights body

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today said he understood the United States' disappointment at not being re-elected to the United Nations' top human rights body, but voiced hope that the country would remain engaged in the UN's work in that field, his spokesman told reporters in New York.

UN, US begin new decade on better footing - Annan

With the removal of the dues question as a "needless irritant," the United States and the United Nations can move forward on a new path of greater cooperation, Secretary-General Kofi Annan told a group of former US Ambassadors in New York today.

Annan welcomes end to US-China dispute

Welcoming the reported end to the dispute between China and the United States over an aerial incident, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today he had spoken to Washington and be in contact with Beijing shortly.