Citing Hurricane Dean, UN agency urges strengthening disaster early warning system

Early warning systems are the most efficient way to save lives in disasters such as Hurricane Dean now rampaging across Mexico and need to be further enhanced at local levels, the United Nations body seeking to mitigate their impact said today.

UN teams assessing aftermath in Caribbean nations hit by Hurricane Dean

As the first major Atlantic hurricane of the season made landfall in Mexico today after wreaking havoc across the Caribbean region, United Nations officials are surveying the aftermath of the storm as well as the most critical needs of those affected.

Hurricane Dean: UN stands ready to help affected countries in the Caribbean

The United Nations has deployed a team of disaster assessment and coordination experts to the Caribbean to assist countries hit by Hurricane Dean which has left a trail of death and destruction in its rampage past St. Lucia, the Dominican Republic, Dominica, Martinique, Haiti, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands and on towards the coast of Mexico.

Peru quake: UN agencies press ahead with aid effort while identifying key needs

Clean water, basic sanitation, food, shelter and temporary jobs have become the priority needs in the wake of last week’s deadly earthquake in Peru, United Nations relief officials said today as they prepared to launch a flash appeal to help survivors while maintaining an emergency aid effort that has continued since the disaster hit.

UN intensifies relief efforts in wake of devastating earthquake in Peru

Amid mounting fears that the death and injury tolls will rise following the major earthquake which rocked Peru earlier this week, the United Nations is stepping up efforts to provide relief to victims.

United Nations rushes aid to quake-hit Peru

The United Nations is rushing food, water purification tablets, cash and other forms of assistance to Peru following last night's powerful earthquake which struck south of the capital, Lima.

Female workforce participation in Latin American and Caribbean curtailed – UN

Although the rate of female participation in the workforce in Latin America and the Caribbean is at an all-time high, women are still being prevented from reaching their economic potential by their child-rearing and caretaking responsibilities, as well as their low status in some countries, according to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

Haiti: UN supports nationwide police effort to recruit more female officers

Thousands of Haitian women this week registered to join their country’s police academy in a campaign led by the national police service and backed by the United Nations to encourage the recruitment of more female officers.

Secretary-General meets Barbadian leader, Middle East envoy

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is holding talks today with the Prime Minister of Barbados, where last night he met with Tony Blair, the new envoy of the diplomatic Quartet on the Middle East, a United Nations spokesperson announced.

Ban Ki-moon holds talks in Barbados with top officials

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon held talks with senior officials in Barbados today on regional hotspots and environmental concerns, a spokesperson for the world body announced.