Promising UN help, Ban calls for Caribbean regional action to combat organized crime

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged Caribbean nations to combat organized crime on a regional level and promised United Nations assistance in the fight.

Cholera cases increasing in Haiti and Dominican Republic, UN reports

Cases of cholera are on the rise in Haiti and neighbouring Dominican Republic, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) reported today, saying more than 18,000 new cases in Port-au-Prince, the Haitian capital, have been recorded recently.

Give aid directly to Haitian institutions to build back better, says UN report

A new United Nations report says that the international community can help create jobs and support the Haitian Government in ensuring basic services by investing directly in the country’s people and institutions.

Guatemala: UN envoy against sexual violence hails arrest of former top military figure

A United Nations envoy today welcomed the arrest of a former top Guatemalan military figure accused of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, saying the arrest sends a strong signal that justice can prevail in the Central American country.

Haiti: UN mission urges formation of a government without delay

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti today urged the country’s authorities to immediately form a government that will serve the people and fulfil their expectations after Parliament rejected the man nominated by President Michel Martelly to serve as prime minister.

Citing precarious conditions, UN urges governments not to return Haitians

The United Nations is appealing to governments to suspend all involuntary returns to Haiti, given the precarious conditions that continue to persist in the Caribbean nation 18 months after the devastating January 2010 earthquake.

UN expert urges Mexican ‘state of emergency’ to battle food poverty and obesity

A United Nations food expert has called for a “state of emergency” in Mexico to battle both food poverty and obesity, and suggested that changes to the country’s agricultural policies could tackle the two problems simultaneously.

Cities are key to global energy and climate challenges, Ban tells US mayors

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on United States mayors to help in the worldwide fight against climate change and other energy challenges.

Ban praises Brazil’s global leadership and commitment to UN ideals

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has praised Brazil for its leadership and commitment to world peace and security, regional integration, development and the promotion of the values and goals of the United Nations, including human rights.

In Brazil, UN chief set to confer with national leaders

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is set to meet Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff, Foreign Minister Antonio de Aguiar Patriota and members of the national Parliament during his final stop on a four-nation visit that has already taken him to Colombia, Argentina and Uruguay.