UN News

Security Council and Ban deplore deadly hotel bombings in Indonesian capital

Skyline of the Indonesian capital Jakarta17 July 2009 – The Security Council and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon have strongly condemned this morning’s bombings of two hotels in central Jakarta that have reportedly killed at least nine people and injured dozens of others.


Top UN officials call for thorough investigation into killing of Russian activist

Natalia Estemirova

16 July 2009 – Russian authorities must conduct a thorough and independent investigation into the murder of a prominent activist looking into alleged human rights abuses in Chechnya, top United Nations officials said today.


Five top UN officials appeal to world leaders to ‘seal the deal’ on new climate pact

14 July 2009 – Five top United Nations officials have added their names to a petition urging world leaders to ‘seal the deal’ in Copenhagen, Denmark, this December on an ambitious new climate change pact aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions.


Former Liberian president Charles Taylor takes stand at trial in UN-backed court

Former Liberian President Charles Taylor14 July 2009 – The former Liberian president Charles Taylor took the stand today in his own defence during his trial at the United Nations-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL), where he is facing charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity.


All countries will need vaccine for ‘unstoppable’ A(H1N1) virus – UN health experts

13 July 2009 – The highest body of experts advising the United Nations health agency on immunizations has determined that all countries will need to have vaccines for the influenza A(H1N1) infection, noting that the spread of the pandemic is “unstoppable.”