Colombia: UN experts call for ending violence against human rights defenders

A group of independent United Nations experts have called for urgent measures to protect those defending human rights in Colombia, following a recent surge in violence that includes killings, harassment and intimidation of civil society activists, trade union leaders and lawyers representing victims.

Secretary-General to focus on global health during upcoming visit to Atlanta

Global health will be the focus of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s visit to Atlanta, Georgia, next week, part of his ongoing tour of major cities in the United States.

Haitians caught up in food crisis receive helping hand from UN Volunteers

United Nations Volunteers (UNV) working in Haiti have helped provide emergency relief to elderly and handicapped residents suffering from the current global food crisis.

Haiti needs urgent help to avoid backsliding amid current crisis – Ban Ki-moon

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has written to more than a dozen key Member States, asking for their urgent assistance in addressing the situation in Haiti, which has witnessed violent protests in recent weeks over rising food prices and a rapid deterioration in socio-economic conditions that threatens to undo the gains achieved by the tiny nation.

Colombia: UN agencies hand out emergency food to isolated indigenous groups

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have started distributing emergency aid to several indigenous communities in east-central Colombia living in an isolated area being disputed by Government forces and irregular armed groups.

UN experts welcome Canada’s backing for indigenous rights declaration

A group of independent United Nations human rights experts has lauded the endorsement given to a landmark declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples by the House of Commons in Canada – one of four States that voted against its adoption in the General Assembly last year.

Haiti facing ‘explosive situation’ because of food crisis, UN official warns

Haiti will remain in an extremely precarious economic and humanitarian situation unless it receives an urgent injection of funds to widen emergency feeding operations, extend existing job programmes and jump-start agricultural activity, a senior United Nations official to the impoverished Caribbean country has warned.

UNESCO head pays tribute to Martinique poet of ‘la négritude’

The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) mourned the death today of Aimé Césaire, the Martinique poet and the founder of the artistic and cultural movement “la négritude.”

Haiti: UN increases food distributions following protests over high prices

The United Nations is taking further action to confront food insecurity in Haiti with plans to distribute 8,000 more tons in the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, where rising prices have led to widespread protests, some of them violent.

Haiti: UN mission’s Brazilian contingent distributes food following price protests

The Brazilian contingent of the United Nations mission in Haiti is distributing 14 tons of food to more than 3,000 families in Port-au-Prince, the capital, following widespread protests over rising food prices in the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.