Haiti: UN peacekeepers support police in efforts to curb crime

United Nations peacekeepers in Haiti and local police officers have carried out a four-day joint operation to target criminals operating in two neighbourhoods of Port-au Prince, the country’s capital.

UN launches appeal to help victims of Nicaraguan floods

The United Nations and Nicaragua launched a flash appeal today for $14.3 million to provide shelter, food, water and sanitation, and agricultural livelihoods to those affected by the floods that have ravaged large parts of the country for the past three weeks.

Top UN envoy urges dialogue as tensions arise from arrest of Haitian lawmaker

The top United Nations envoy to Haiti today voiced his concern about the political tension created by the arrest last night of one of the country’s lawmakers and encouraged dialogue to resolve any differences.

Ban voices concern at impact of floods in meeting with El Salvador’s First Lady

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced his deep concern at the number of lives affected and damage caused by the recent floods in El Salvador as he met with the country’s First Lady.

General Assembly calls again for end to US embargo against Cuba

The General Assembly today renewed its call, for the 20th consecutive year, for an end to the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States against Cuba for the past half century.

UN agencies step up assistance to flood-ravaged El Salvador

United Nations aid agencies are ramping up their efforts to provide shelter, food and health care to El Salvador, which is facing one of the greatest disasters in its history as heavy rains continue to cause severe flooding across Central America.

Paraguay: UN calls for reforms to protect rights of women and indigenous

New laws are urgently needed in Paraguay to protect the rights of minorities, in particular women and indigenous people, a top United Nations human rights official has said, calling on the Government to scale up its efforts to stop discrimination and injustice towards these groups.

Ban honoured by US college fund as International Humanitarian of the Year

A prestigious United States college fund tonight awarded its first International Humanitarian of the Year Award to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for “his steadfast commitment to confronting global challenges and his ability to effectively mobilize world leaders to do the same.”

Human rights approach to education policies needed in Chile – UN official

The Chilean Government must adopt a human rights approach in its policies, particularly those regarding education, indigenous people and freedom of expression, a senior United Nations official has said.

Nearly 470,000 cholera cases reported in Haiti over the past year – UN

Almost 470,000 cases of cholera, including 6,595 deaths, have been reported in Haiti since an epidemic of the disease erupted in the Caribbean country one year ago, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) reported today.