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UNICEF chief urges more aid to help Haitian victims of tropical storm

The head of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said she will push for more funding to accelerate the relief and recovery efforts under way in northern Haiti after yesterday visiting the area that has been devastated by Tropical Storm Jeanne.

UN mission to Guatemala signs off with warning about racism and inequality

Guatemala has taken great strides forward since the 1996 peace accords ended decades of civil conflict but it is still beset by corruption, crime and a deep-seated legacy of racism and social inequality, the United Nations peace-building mission to the Central American nation says in its final report before it is wound up.

Haiti: UN mission to expedite troop arrivals to help with storm relief efforts

The United Nations is trying to expedite the arrival of additional peacekeeping troops to help with emergency relief efforts in northern Haiti, where Tropical Storm Jeanne left a trail of misery earlier this month.

UN relief agencies struggle to meet demand for aid in storm-ravaged Haiti

Relief workers in the northern Haitian city of Gonaïves are struggling to distribute food and water to an estimated 40,000 people there who need urgent help in the wake of the floods and mudslides that followed deadly Tropical Storm Jeanne, United Nations humanitarian agencies reported today.

Haitian death toll from tropical storm climbs past 1,300 - UN mission

At least 1,330 people are dead, another 1,056 are missing and the lives of nearly 300,000 others have been badly affected because of Tropical Storm Jeanne, the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) reported today.

UN agency demands action to reduce Haiti's vulnerability to natural disasters

Haiti is always going to be especially vulnerable to natural disasters such as last weekend's Tropical Storm Jeanne - which so far has left more than 1,000 people dead and another 1,200 others missing - because it has no early-warning system and there is massive deforestation, the United Nations disaster-reduction body said today.

UN appeals for $32 million of aid for Grenada as it recovers from Hurricane Ivan

The United Nations today launched an emergency appeal to help the people of Grenada recover from the catastrophic impact of Hurricane Ivan, which earlier this month wiped out much of the Caribbean nation's infrastructure and killed at least 37 people.

Concerns of small island States head General Assembly session

The problems bedevilling the world's small island States, especially global warming, fishing rights, natural disasters and the inequalities of global trade, dominated this morning's session of the United Nations General Assembly's annual high-level debate.

UNESCO chief condemns murder of Dominican Republic journalist

Continuing its campaign to defend press freedom in the face of political or criminal attacks, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today condemned the murder of yet another journalist, a reporter from the Dominican Republic gunned down just after completing a broadcast on a provincial crime wave.

Haiti's death toll from tropical storm hits 1,000 and keeps rising: UN agencies

The death toll in Haiti from Tropical Storm Jeanne has passed 1,000 already, United Nations humanitarian agencies said today, adding it could rise even more dramatically because some areas of the beleaguered city of Gonaïves are still inaccessible because of flood waters.