Development and social cohesion focus of Chilean stop during Ban Ki-moon tour

The struggle for economic development, the need to do more to tackle climate change and the value of greater social cohesion were all spotlighted today by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as he travelled to Chile, the second stop on his tour to South America.

New Haitian police recruits receive training from UN officers

More than 600 newly inducted Haitian national police recruits will form a unit devoted to tackling the capital’s most troubled neighbourhoods after receiving training from United Nations Police (UNPOL) officers stationed in the Caribbean country.

Secretary-General arrives in Buenos Aires for first leg of South American tour

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon began his official visit to Argentina today, the first stop on a trip that will also take him also to Chile and Brazil in the coming days.

Asia’s significant contribution to UN should increase – Ban Ki-moon

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has praised Asia for its contribution to the United Nations while emphasizing the potentially greater international role that could be played by the world’s largest and most populous continent.

With UN support, Haiti launches nationwide vaccination campaign

With the backing of the United Nations, the Haitian Government today launched a nationwide vaccination campaign to try to protect more than half of the population from contracting key preventable diseases.

Canadian university and UN agency set up online urban archive

The United Nations agency tasked with promoting socially and environmentally sustainable housing has announced a partnership with a Canadian university to establish the world’s most complete online information archive on urban issues.

Nearly $14 million needed to aid flood victims in Dominican Republic – UN

The United Nations and the Government of the Dominican Republic today appealed for almost $14 million to aid those affected by Tropical Storm Noel and the ensuing floods which affected 80 per cent of the Central American nation’s territory.

On planned Brazil trip, Ban Ki-moon to observe efforts to combat climate change

As United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon prepares to leave next week for an official visit to Latin America and Europe, his spokesperson today provided details on the itinerary, which includes a first-hand look at Government efforts to combat climate change and deforestation in Brazil.

Expediting Headquarters renovation in best interest of UN, says senior official

A senior United Nations official tasked with overseeing the renovation of the world body’s headquarters complex in New York has stressed that accelerating the project will ensure that it is done faster, within budget and with the least amount of disruption to the Organization.

Haiti: UN and Government join forces to provide relief after Tropical Storm Noël

Responding to the damage caused when Tropical Storm Noël swept over Haiti on 29 and 30 October, blue helmets from the United Nations Stabilization Mission (MINUSTAH) helped to evacuate thousands of people, distribute meals and provide medical assistance to those affected.