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Relief work resumes in Haitian city after riots, UN humanitarian office reports

The Haitian city of Cap Haïtien is now calm after several days of riots linked to the cholera outbreak in the Caribbean country, and two United Nations agencies have resumed relief operations in the city, the world body’s humanitarian arm reported today.

UN official stresses role of information technology for development at Lima forum

Information and communications technology (ICT) has a vital role to play in advancing economic development, a senior United Nations official told the opening of a regional conference in Lima, Peru, today.

Haiti: UN official concerned over slow funding response to cholera appeal

The top United Nations humanitarian official in Haiti has voiced concern over the slow response to an appeal sent out nine days ago seeking $164 million to curb the spread of the cholera outbreak that has infected nearly 20,000 people and killed hundreds over the past month.

Mexico City mayor to champion UN campaign to reduce disaster risk

The United Nations body that coordinates global disaster reduction efforts today named the mayor of Mexico City, Marcelo Ebrard, as champion of a UN initiative aimed at enhancing cities' disaster preparedness.

Haiti: UN sounds alarm as violence impedes cholera response

The top United Nations envoy in Haiti has called on demonstrators to stop blocking roads, bridges and airports so that vital humanitarian assistance can reach the thousands of people affected by the cholera outbreak.

Challenges remain as Brazil seeks to promote cultural rights – UN expert

An independent United Nations human rights expert today urged the Brazilian Government to draft and implement legislation to put into effect a new plan to protect and promote the cultural rights of all communities in the country.

Commending progress, UN human rights chief says Bolivia can do more

Despite the reforms adopted by the Bolivian Government to end discrimination against indigenous people and other vulnerable groups, most of them continue to suffer from extreme poverty and exclusion, the top United Nations human rights official has warned.

Haiti violence hampering cholera response, UN and partners warn

The United Nations and its humanitarian partners in Haiti are urging an end to the violent demonstrations in Cap Haitien, which they say are seriously impeding efforts to respond to the rapidly escalating cholera outbreak.

UN deplores ‘politically motivated’ violence in Haiti

The United Nations mission in Haiti has deplored yesterday’s acts of violence against local and UN security forces during demonstrations in the cities of Cap-Haitien and Hinche, saying the riots, which resulted in several injuries, were politically motivated.

Haiti’s cholera cases likely to increase significantly, UN relief official says

As data collection improves in communities affected by the cholera outbreak in Haiti, the number of reported cases is expected to rise significantly, the top United Nations relief official there said today.