Colombia: UN refugee agency steps up aid to flood-affected communities

The United Nations refugee agency is boosting its efforts to provide emergency assistance to thousands of Colombians affected by recent flooding that has been called the worst natural catastrophe in the country’s history by its leader.

UN urges massive campaign in Haiti to boost cholera prevention measures

United Nations humanitarian officials are calling for “massive mobilization activities” in Haiti to promote prevention and early treatment in the cholera epidemic which has already killed more than 2,760 people and infected over 130,000 others, nearly 71,000 of whom were hospitalized.

Farmers’ fear of cholera threatens rice harvest in Haiti – UN agency

Farmers in north-western Haiti are likely to lose a significant portion of their rice harvest due to reluctance to work in paddy fields they fear are contaminated by the cholera-causing bacteria, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today, adding that it is helping to carry out a hygiene awareness campaign among the farming communities.

UN disaster assessment team arrives in flood-hit Colombia

A three-member United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination team (UNDAC) has arrived in Colombia to support the ongoing response to the floods, which are affecting over 2 million people.

United States’ backing for indigenous rights treaty hailed at UN

The announcement by President Barack Obama that the United States supports the landmark United Nations treaty outlining the rights of the world’s estimated 370 million indigenous peoples was hailed today at the world body.

Haiti: Ban appeals for more funds to fight cholera, sets up panel to probe its origins

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today appealed to the world for more funds to fight the cholera epidemic in Haiti that has already killed more than 2,400 people and infected nearly 110,000 others, 55,000 of whom had to be hospitalized.

Creation of quality jobs crucial to fighting Latin American poverty, says UN official

The creation of quality jobs is a key element in an economic recovery that is turning out to be uncertain for the Latin American and Caribbean region and for the world as a whole, the United Nations top labour official has warned.

UN in talks to set up independent panel of experts to probe origin of cholera in Haiti

The United Nations is exploring the establishment of an international scientific panel to look into the source of the cholera epidemic in Haiti.

Images from space enhance UN efforts to promote sustainable development on Earth

From shrinking glaciers and forests to the ravages of mining and urban sprawl, the United Nations is using satellites in space to help chart a course for sustainable development on Earth with an ecological map of the world’s most biologically diverse region, Latin America and the Caribbean.

UN officials pay tribute to late US diplomat Richard Holbrooke

Senior United Nations officials today mourned the passing of veteran United States diplomat Richard Holbrooke, praising his skills as a top negotiator, peacemaker and champion of global causes.