With ‘hunger season’ approaching in Haiti, UN urges aid and better farming

Upcoming harvests in Haiti are expected to fail, prompting experts to call for food aid as well as new farming techniques and crop diversity in the drought-stricken northwestern part of the country, the United Nations said today.

UN envoy to Haiti says peacekeeping mission must revive economy

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) is not only in the Caribbean country to improve security but also to stimulate the economy and restore the political and electoral systems, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General said there on Wednesday.

Athlete swims entire Hudson River to spotlight UN Decade for Action on Water

Seeking to inspire citizens around the globe to protect their local waterways as part of the United Nations International Decade for Action on Water, long distance swimmer Christopher Swain today became the first person in history to swim the entire 315-mile length of the Hudson River.

UN rights expert hails release of 11 prisoners in Cuba

A United Nations human rights expert has welcomed the release in Cuba of 11 prisoners from among 75 people arrested early last year.

Prolonged cold snap in Peru causes deaths of 60 children, UNICEF says

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is working with communities in Peru to combat the effects of a cold snap which has killed scores of people as the country’s authorities struggle to deliver supplies to isolated mountain regions in the southern and central regions.

ECOSOC to advise and build support for long-term development in Haiti

The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) has approved the reactivation of its dormant group on Haiti to advise the Caribbean nation on development programmes into the future and to help ensure international support for this process.

Political actors in Venezuela accept UN proposal for dialogue

All political actors in the Venezuelan crisis have accepted a United Nations proposal for a dialogue, a UN envoy has reported to Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

Visiting Gonaïves, UN envoy for Haiti pledges to improve living conditions

The newly arrived senior United Nations envoy to Haiti has visited Gonaïves – the scene of unrest which sparked a political crisis earlier this year – pledging to alleviate the conditions now facing the population in the country’s fourth largest city.

New UN envoy to Haiti arrives in Port-au-Prince

Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Special Representative to Haiti arrived today in the country's capital to take up his work as chief of the UN peacekeeping operation there.

UN adviser urges dialogue, not polarization, for Venezuela's political actors

A United Nations adviser today urged Venezuela's political actors to move away from the polarization that has prevailed in the period leading up to next month's recall referendum on President Hugo Chavez.