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Uruguay is Hailed as One of the Largest Contributors to UN Peacekeeping Worldwide

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today thanked Uruguay for being one of the largest contributors to United Nations peacekeeping worldwide. “Uruguay’s commitment to global peacekeeping is without rival,” Mr. Ban said in his remarks to the National School for Peacekeeping Operations, located in the capital, Montevideo. “When adjusted for population, no country contributes more troops than Uruguay.” continue reading »

Human Rights Experts, UN and Governments Meeting with Aim to Eradicate Torture in Latin America

Human rights experts and government officials from 11 countries today began a United Nations-backed meeting aimed at eradicating torture from Latin America and the Caribbean, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) reported. continue reading »

Argentina’s ‘Dirty Wars’ to Democracy Offer Lessons World Can Learn From, Especially Syria

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged that the lessons learned from Argentina’s turn from dictatorship to democracy be applied widely, particularly in North Africa and the Middle East, and he called on Syria to allow humanitarian aid into areas affected by ongoing violence. continue reading »

Colombia Commended for New Legislation Compensating Victims of Human Rights Abuses

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has commended Colombia for enacting a law that seeks to compensate victims of human rights violations, injustice and deprivation in the South American country, saying the legislation is a fundamental step towards resolving the conflicts that Colombians have endured for decades. continue reading »

Death Toll from Floods in Haiti Continue to Rise

Death Toll from Floods in Hait Continue to Rise continue reading »

Goodwill Ambassador & Track Star Carl Lewis to Visit Dominican Republic Focusing on Ending Hunger

Nine-time Olympic gold medallist and United Nations advocate Carl Lewis will embark tomorrow on a visit to the Dominican Republic and Haiti to meet with national leaders and visit forestry and agricultural projects. continue reading »

UN Official Commends Mexican Human Rights Reform Efforts

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. continue reading »

UN Secretary Set to Visit Latin America This Week

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will depart New York on Friday for a week-long trip that will take the United Nations chief to Colombia, Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil, the world body announced today. continue reading »

UN Urging Peru to do More to Combat Modern Day Slavery in Its Country

A United Nations human rights expert on slavery today urged Peru to do more to combat abuses in the country’s logging, mining and domestic services sectors. Gulnara Shahinian, the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, said after a 12-day fact-finding visit to the Andean country that the Peruvian authorities have “demonstrated a strong will to combat continue reading »

UN: Immigrants Accelerate Development by Sending Remittances

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today underlined the role of migrants in accelerating development through remitting funds regularly to their countries of origin, noting that their economic contributions to host societies are often overlooked. continue reading »

REPORT: Migrants and Minorities Continue to be Discriminated at Work

Migrant workers and minorities are among groups that continue to face discrimination in the labour market as a result of the global economic crisis, despite positive advances in anti-discrimination laws, the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) said in a report unveiled today. continue reading »

UN Drug Fighting Crew Killed in Plane Crash in Bolivia

All four United Nations staff in Bolivia whose plane disappeared during a flight to monitor coca production northeast of the capital, La Paz, were killed when the aircraft crashed on Thursday, a UN official said today. continue reading »

Need to Emphasize Multilingualims Says UN

The United Nations body tasked with examining the Organization’s public information policies and promoting a just, effective global information and communications order called on the Department of Public Information (DPI) today continue reading »

UN Officials Say Latin America and the Caribbean Remain Most Socially Unequal Region

Latin America and the Caribbean remains the most socially unequal region in the world, the head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) said today, highlighting the measures required to tackle the problem in a region which has made significant strides in reducing poverty. continue reading »

UN:  Housing at Risk as Brazil Prepares for World Cup and Olympics

An independent United Nations human rights expert today voiced concern about alleged displacement and evictions in various cities across Brazil as the country prepares to host the 2014 soccer World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games. continue reading »

Over 180 Nations Take Part in International Immunization Drive

Some 180 countries and territories are for the first time carrying out simultaneous United Nations-backed immunization campaigns this week, targeting diseases such as influenza, measles, polio and tetanus. continue reading »

Over 180 Nations Take Part in International Immunization Drive

Some 180 countries and territories are for the first time carrying out simultaneous United Nations-backed immunization campaigns this week, targeting diseases such as influenza, measles, polio and tetanus. continue reading »

UN:  Middle Class in Latin America is Growing, Positively Effecting 128 Million People

Franco, Martín Hopenhayn and Arturo León have explored the changes to the middle class in Latin America between 1990 and 2007, using analysis combining the occupation of the main household breadwinner and family income. continue reading »

UN Voices Concern About Violent Evictions in Argentina

An independent United Nations human rights expert today voiced concern about the increasing rate of violent evictions taking place in Argentina and called for a comprehensive strategy to tackle the country’s housing crisis. continue reading »

U.S. Contributes $126.8 Million to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

The United States is pleased to announce a contribution of $126.8 million toward the 2011 operations of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). continue reading »