UN News

UNODC Reports Steep Decline in Cocaine Production in Colombia

Antonio Maria Costa, Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and Director-General of the United Nations Office in Vienna19 June 2009 – Coca surveys of the Andean countries issued today by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) show a major decline in co


Iran: UN rights chief concerned over arrests, excessive force following polls

High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay19 June 2009 – The top United Nations human rights official today expressed concern over reports of the use of excessive force and violence, as well as rising numbers of potentially extralegal arrests, in Iran following last week's contested presidential polls.


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.