Top UN officials urge continued AIDS funding amid economic crisis

16 June 2009 – Top United Nations officials today urged countries to maintain and strengthen their commitments to tackle HIV and AIDS in the midst of the global economic downturn, warning that slashing resources now could mean greater costs and suffering in the future.


UN condemns hotel bombing in Pakistan killing two staff members

A family in Pakistan gets ready to take away the relief items they have received from UNHCR

10 June 2009 – The United Nations today condemned the bombing of a hotel in northwest Pakistan that killed several people including two of its own staff members.

According to media reports as many as 18 people died in the suicide bomb-blast.


Cooperation from States critical as UN tribunals enter final phase, say officials

Security Council session4 June 2009 – Cooperation from States remains critical as the United Nations tribunals set up to try those responsible for the 1994 Rwandan genocide and atrocities committed during the Balkan wars of the 1990s enter the final phases of their work, top officials from the courts told the Security Council today.


Discussions on negotiating texts on pact to combat global warming kick off – UN

1 June 2009 – Delegates from 182 nations are gathering in Bonn, Germany, today to initiate discussions on negotiating texts which could form the basis of an ambitious United Nations-backed climate change deal, to slash greenhouse gas emissions, expected to be clinched in December.


Together, We Must Press Governments to “Seal the Deal” For a New Climate Agreement

Message of the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on World Environment Day, 5 June 2009

The economic and financial turmoil sweeping the globe is a true wake-up call, sounding an alarm about the need to improve upon old patterns of growth and make a transition a new era of greener, cleaner development. The theme of this year’s World Environment Day – “Your planet needs you” – is meant to inspire all of us to do our part.

The Earth faces the grave threat of climate change. While all countries will suffer, the poor will bear the brunt of the impact. But we also have an opportunity to change course. Crucial climate change talks will take place in Copenhagen in December. Together, we must press governments to “Seal the Deal” for a new climate agreement.