Americas

Haiti: UN launches $164 million appeal to fight deadly cholera outbreak

United Nations agencies and their partners today appealed for $164 million to support Haiti’s efforts to fight the deadly cholera outbreak that has already claimed several hundred lives in the small Caribbean nation.

UN lauds Latin America’s declaration on refugee protection

The United Nations refugee agency today welcomed a landmark declaration by 18 South American countries to protect refugees, the displaced and stateless persons in the region, saying the proclamation was a model for other parts of the world to emulate.

Quick response to cholera saved lives in Haiti, but challenges remain – UN

Timely response by the Government of Haiti and humanitarian agencies to the cholera outbreak in the country saved lives, with more than 11,000 patients having been treated in hospitals since cases were first reported last month, the United Nations said today.

Senior UN official heads to Bolivia to assess human rights situation

The United Nations human rights chief will be visiting Bolivia later this week to discuss progress and issues of concern with government officials, as well as representatives of the legislature, the judiciary and civil society.

Nearly 10,000 cholera cases reported in Haiti as death toll rises – UN

Some 9,971 cases of cholera, including 643 deaths, have been confirmed in Haiti, the United Nations humanitarian office reported today, citing figures provide by the Government, which also said that cases of the disease have been identified in the capital, Port-au-Prince.

UNICEF assessing needs after hurricane batters Haiti

Teams from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) are assessing the needs in the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, and other areas hit by Hurricane Tomas and preparing to rush assistance to the affected areas.

Warning of threats to migrant children, UN calls for better protection

A new United Nations study warns of the perils of abuse and exploitation that threaten migrant children from Latin America and the Caribbean, and calls for policies to protect their rights.

UN system prepares for landfall of Hurricane Tomas on Haiti

While calling on the international community to provide urgently needed aid, various programmes and agencies of the United Nations system in Haiti are busily gearing up for the expected landfall of Hurricane Tomas on Haitian shores sometime today or this weekend.

UN calls for more emergency supplies as tropical storm approaches Haiti

Emergency supplies and equipment are still needed to prepare for the fast-approaching tropical storm Tomas, which could affect up to half a million people in Haiti, the United Nations said today.

As hurricane blows toward Haiti, UN pre-positions humanitarian supplies

Facing the possibility of landslides, flooding and washed-out roads and bridges if Haiti is hit by the full force of Hurricane Tomas, the United Nations and its humanitarian partners continue to dispatch urgent supplies to key areas on the island nation, a UN spokesman said today.