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Haiti has chance to solidify stability before UN mission’s drawdown, Security Council told

18 July – With three months left before the current United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti transitions to a smaller one, a UN envoy stressed today that the Caribbean country faces the “window of opportunity” to solidify stability, following recent elections.


UNESCO chief calls for probe into killing of Honduran video journalist in Mexico

18 July – The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today called for an investigation into the recent murder of a Honduran journalist in Mexico.


Ahead of Sunday's consultation in Venezuela, UN voices concern for demonstrators

14 July – The United Nations today expressed concern about the situation in Venezuela, where nearly 100 people have died since April and more than 1,500 were injured in connection with ongoing protests.


As Haiti struggles to stamp out cholera, UN urges further international support to combat disease

13 July – Noting the challenges that continue to hamper sustained progress in combating cholera in Haiti, the United Nations General Assembly underscored the need to strengthen national health, sanitation and water systems on the island to promote the well-being of the population as well as contributing to Haiti's sustainable development efforts.


Colombia: Security Council authorizes UN mission to monitor reintegration of FARC-EP

10 July – The Security Council today decided to establish a new United Nations political mission in Colombia that will succeed the current one and will shift from monitoring the disarmament of former combatants to verifying their political, economic and social reintegration.


UN experts urge US state of Virginia to halt execution of man with mental disorder

5 July – Two United Nations human rights experts have urged the US state of Virginia to cancel the planned execution on Thursday of a man with psychosocial disability.


After ‘successful’ visit to Haiti, Security Council notes window of opportunity for reforms

30 June – Haiti has a window of opportunity to implement reforms necessary to bring the Caribbean country onto a path of stability and development, the United Nations Security Council President said today.


Colombia: With arms laid down, focus now on reintegration, UN envoy tells Security Council

30 June – Highlighting progress in the Colombian peace process, especially the completion of the laying down of arms by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP), the United Nations envoy for the country has called for shifting the momentum to other aspects of the historic peace deal.


Venezuela bans Attorney General from leaving country; UN rights office voices concern

30 June – Amid the ongoing violence in Venezuela, the United Nations human rights office today expressed concern about a decision by the Supreme Court to null the appointment of the Attorney General, freeze her assets and ban her from leaving the country.


In Haiti, Security Council spotlights opportunities for country's reform towards stability and development

24 June – Wrapping up a three-day visit to Haiti, a Security Council delegation today stressed that it has accomplished the objectives of the mission, including a first-hand look into how best the United Nations could contribute to the country's lasting stability and development.