UN considering raising global pandemic alert level due to swine flu spread

WHO is coordinating the global response to human cases of swine influenza A (H1N1).

27 April 2009 – With swine flu infections now confirmed in four different countries, the United Nations health agency said today that it may raise the international pandemic alert, as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon emphasized that the world body is working rapidly to control the outbreak.


No society is immune against racism

Opinion piece
Durban anti-racism conference outcome
By Navanethem Pillay
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights



Child soldiers to be released amid crisis in volatile eastern DR Congo – UN envoy

Child Soldier - Children In Armed Conflict

21 April 2009 – Plans are under way to release more child soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a UN envoy said today at the end of a one-week visit, urging an end to ongoing violations against children in a humanitarian crisis engulfing the country’s east.


Divisiveness perpetuates racism, Secretary-General warns

South African dancer performing during opening ceremony of the Durban Review Conference


Haiti’s Big Chance


It is easy to visit Haiti and see only poverty. But when I visited recently with former President Bill Clinton, we saw opportunity.