A team of UN staff dealing with human rights and displacement has gone to quake-hit Haiti to assess a range of protection issues in the wake of the disaster that has left one third of the 9 million inhabitants in need of urgent assistance.
The concept of non-discrimination lies at the heart of human rights, says Navi Pillay. For this reason, it has been designated the official theme of this Human Rights Day, which occurs every year on the anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.
Global church representatives gather in New York City from 15 November to press three issues at the United Nations: peoples being displaced by climate change, indigenous rights and Colombia's protracted internal conflict.
Over 100 faith leaders have written to the United Nations Secretary-General ahead of a crucial international meeting on corruption. They insist that corruption is underming attempts to reduce global poverty.
The United Nations Security Council has voted unanimously in favour of the need to work towards a world free of nuclear weapons. The vote is seen as a step towards international agreements on reducing nuclear arsenals.
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has called on the international community to do more to secure the release of Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who is facing trial for breaking the terms of her house arrest.
A group of Christian leaders who campaign for justice in the fight against hunger are calling on the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to 'step up to the plate' and seek tangible results in realising the right to food.