Americas

Fréchette calls for closer ties between UN and business in service of development

United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Louise Fréchette has issued a call for stronger ties between the United Nations and businesses in order to reach global anti-poverty targets and ensure that the benefits of globalization are more fairly distributed.

UN peacekeepers and Haitian police slightly injured in joint weekend operation

Working to create a secure environment in Haiti so that the country's constitutional process can unfold, United Nations peacekeepers and Haitian National Police have conducted a joint operation in the capital, Port-au-Prince, suffering minor injuries during the arrest of several dozen people there, a UN spokesman said today.

UN agencies call for help as food stocks run low in storm-ravaged Haitian city

With the stocks of basic commodities such as rice close to running out, United Nations humanitarian agencies are asking UN peacekeepers and the Haitian Government to help open the port in Gonaïves, the city hit hardest by deadly Tropical Storm Jeanne last month.

UN peacekeepers face armed groups and street gangs in Haitian capital

Battling armed groups and street gangs that have attacked civilians and police officers and destroyed shops and properties, United Nations peacekeepers are helping Haitian National Police as they attempt to restore order to some of the most dangerous districts of the capital Port-au-Prince after a wave of deadly violence.

UN troops help patrol Haitian capital following outbreak of deadly violence

Troops and police officers from the United Nations peacekeeping mission are patrolling the downtown areas of the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince, where the situation remains tense after several days of deadly violence there.

Concerned at mounting bloodshed in Haiti, UN envoy urges dialogue

Reacting to a recent spate of violence in Haiti - already ravaged by poverty, instability and natural disasters - the senior United Nations envoy to the country today appealed for all concerned to walk the path of dialogue in pursuit of national reconciliation.

UN appeals for $59 million to help hurricane victims in Haiti and Grenada

United Nations humanitarian agencies today appealed for $59 million to help the people of Haiti and Grenada survive and start to reconstruct their lives in the wake of the series of deadly hurricanes and tropical storms that swept the Caribbean region recently.

More needs to be done quickly to achieve Millennium Goals, UN official says

While the international community has taken important steps to increase its official development assistance, much more needs to be done, and done quickly, to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a senior United Nations official said today.

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.