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Costa Rica expresses outrage to Israeli ambassador over Gaza violence

Costa Rican Foreign Minister Manuel González met with Israeli Ambassador Avraham Haddad at the Casa Amarilla Wednesday afternoon to express outrage at ongoing violence in the Gaza Strip and its devastating toll on civilians. He urged the Israeli diplomat to push for an immediate ceasefire. The Foreign Ministry also said its ambassador to Israel would briefly return to Costa Rica.

UN secretary-general hops on a bike to promote urban cycling

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon rides a bicycle next to Costa Rica's Foreign Minister Manuel González, right, in San José on July 30, 2014....

Costa Rica’s Solís joins UN secretary-general in call for immediate ceasefire in Gaza conflict

Solís: "If the situation continues as it has, the world, not just Costa Rica, is going to have to take increasingly strong measure to protect the lives of the weakest who are being bulldozed by an attitude that does not agree with the values that the government of Costa Rica defends.”

Costa Rica prepares for first visit by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will speak at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, meet with indigenous leaders and promote mass transit during his one-day stay in Costa Rica.

Latin American countries outpacing Costa Rica’s Human Development Index, despite improvements

Inequality and access to education were topped Costa Rica’s most pressing issues, according to the United Nations Development Program’s 2014 Human Development Index released Thursday.

Anti-poverty programs enjoy success, but jobs would be better, says UN

Costa Rica could reduce its poverty rate by 8.5 percent if all employers paid the legal minimum wage and poor families could find work, according to a new report from the United Nations Development Program released Monday.

Haiti cholera victims file new lawsuit against UN

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Victims of Haiti's deadly post-earthquake cholera epidemic filed a new lawsuit Tuesday against the United Nations in U.S. federal court, demanding compensation over the organization's alleged responsibility for the outbreak.

Costa Rica signs anti-torture law

President Laura Chinchilla signed a bill into law Tuesday establishing a mechanism to implement the United Nations' Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture.

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