Guatemala: UN launches flash appeal following deadly floods, mudslides

The United Nations was today launching a $22-million flash appeal for Guatemala where severe flooding and mudslides caused by hurricane Stan have killed hundreds of people and inflicted estimated damage of more than $400 million to the livestock, coffee and banana industries.

UN urges aid for El Salvador following floods and volcanic eruptions

Stepping up its efforts to help El Salvador confront the twin emergencies of disastrous flooding and volcanic eruptions, the United Nations is asking donors to contribute nearly $8 million to ensure the immediate survival of more than 50,000 displaced people now in shelters throughout the Central American country.

Mexico Plan of Action for refugees is world’s most sophisticated, UN refugee chief says

Reviewing the landmark Mexico Plan of Action to safeguard refugees in Latin America, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) António Guterres said it is the world’s most sophisticated instrument to protect and help those fleeing their homes and their countries.

Number of voters registered in Haiti passes 3 million, UN says

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti today opened a new General Headquarters for the capital, Port-au-Prince, after voter registration across the country passed a benchmark of 3 million.

UN rushes assistance to Central American countries hit by floods and volcanic eruptions

In the wake of devastating flooding and volcanic eruptions in Central America, the United Nations is rushing assistance to El Salvador and Costa Rica, while Secretary-General Kofi Annan today pledged to mobilize international support for relief efforts in the region.

UN initiative will put a value to unpaid community work by Latin American women

A new United Nations initiative in Latin America will calculate women's unpaid and volunteer work with a view to improving their chances for resource allocation, the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) said today.