UN urges action against forced indigenous labour in Bolivia, Paraguay

The indigenous peoples of the Chaco region of neighbouring Bolivia and Paraguay are often trapped into forced labour practices and face discrimination, severe poverty and in some cases systematic violence, the United Nations reported today, calling on the two countries to take urgent action to protect those groups’ human rights.

Brazilian beach volleyball star named UNESCO Champion of Sport

The Olympic gold medallist and Brazilian beach volleyball star, Jacqueline Silva, will partner the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in its efforts to promote education for all, including the disadvantaged and vulnerable.

Colombia: UN expert voices outrage after mass killing of indigenous people

A United Nations human rights expert today condemned the massacre of 12 indigenous people, including seven children, in southern Colombia and voiced concern about an apparent wave of deadly attacks this year against indigenous peoples in that region of the South American country.

H1N1 virus found in turkeys poses no threat to human health, says UN agency

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today that the detection of the H1N1 flu in turkeys in Chile does raise concerns about the spread of the virus in other poultry farms, but added that it does not pose any immediate threat to human health.

UN officials pay tribute to late US senator Edward Kennedy

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations refugee chief today paid tribute to Edward Kennedy, the United States senator who passed away yesterday at the age of 77 after battling brain cancer, lauding his support for the Organization and his efforts to defend the rights of some of the world’s most vulnerable people.

UN envoy calls for release of all juvenile detainees from Guantánamo Bay

The United Nations advocate for children and armed conflict has welcomed the release of Mohammed Jawad, one of the youngest detainees in Guantánamo Bay, and called for all juvenile detainees at the detention camp to be released.

Haiti: UN agencies and peacekeepers prepare for hurricane season

United Nations aid agencies and the world body’s peacekeeping mission in Haiti have pre-positioned stockpiles of food and other emergency supplies and say they stand ready to support local authorities deal with the upcoming annual hurricane season, a year after four successive storms battered the Caribbean country.

Haitian farmers boost food production with UN help

A United Nations scheme to combat high food prices in Haiti has yielded fruit by significantly boosting production, making food available at lower cost and increasing farmers’ incomes, the world body announced today.

FEATURE: The satisfaction from a lifetime of field work comes at a price

In a small tent in the Angolan bush, four hours from the nearest major town, Helena Mazarro lived for almost two years. Food was tight in this remote corner in the summer of 1996, and Ms. Mazarro would fly off to Luanda, the capital, every two or three months and return a week later carrying a fraction of the food needed for the team of 15 humanitarian workers she was leading.

UNICEF mourns death of Special Olympics founder

The head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has mourned the passing of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the founder of the Special Olympics, paying tribute to her dedication to giving hope and opportunities to children around the world living with disabilities.