Americas

Haiti: UN to help local authorities fight rash of child kidnappings

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti has vowed to help local authorities fight a resurgence in the kidnapping of young children, three of whom were found murdered in the past two weeks.

Provincial Haitian hospital to have year-round clean water thanks to UN project

A provincial hospital in Haiti near the country’s border with the Dominican Republic will now enjoy a continual supply of clean water thanks to the United Nations peacekeeping mission, just one of the 300 so-called Quick Impact Projects (QIPs) it has financed in the past three years to improve life in the impoverished Caribbean country.

Colombia: UN voices concern over new threats to human rights advocates

Thirteen human rights organizations in southern Colombia have received death threats from an emergent illegal armed group, the New Generation, United Nations officials have reported in their latest update on the violence-wracked South American country.

So far in 2007, more than 400 gangsters seized in UN-backed crackdown in Haiti

More than 400 Haitian gang members have been arrested since the beginning of the year in operations by the Haitian National Police (HNP), backed by United Nations police and military to crack down on violent crime, UN officials reported today.

UN peacekeepers bring in fresh water for Haitian orphans

It may be a mere drop in the ocean, but for 160 children in a Haitian orphanage it meant much more when United Nations peacekeepers delivered 9,000 litres of clean, fresh water: it meant that they were not alone in the battle against poverty and the diseases brought by contaminated supplies.

UN court starts deliberating in maritime dispute between Nicaragua and Honduras

The United Nations International Court of Justice (ICJ) has begun its deliberations in the dispute between Nicaragua and Honduras over the delineation of their maritime border in the Caribbean Sea after public hearings in the case ended today.

Haiti: armed gangs surrender more weapons following UN-backed crackdown on crime

Some of the most notorious armed gangs in Haiti are handing over their weapons following a United Nations-backed crackdown on crime in one of the violence-ridden country’s most dangerous areas which they had terrorized for years, the Cité Soleil neighbourhood in Port-au-Prince, the capital.

Haiti: UN expands humanitarian activities in former hotbed of armed criminal gangs

From security and justice to water and electricity to health and education, United Nations agencies are teaming up with the Haitian authorities to bring sorely needed services to the Cité Soleil neighbourhood in Port-au-Prince, the capital, one of the violence-ridden country’s most dangerous areas until a recent UN-backed crackdown on armed gangsters.

UN hails Central American, Dominican accord on eradicating child malnutrition

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed an agreement by finance officials from Central America and the Dominican Republic giving “top priority” to eradicating child malnutrition in their poverty reduction strategies, calling it a key step in fighting poverty.

Haiti: UN restores provincial library to give children alternative to delinquency

A provincial library in north-eastern Haiti has been resurrected thanks to funding by the United Nations peacekeeping mission, just one of the many so-called Quick Impact Projects (QIPs) that it is carrying out to improve community life in the impoverished Caribbean country.