UN mission in Haiti joins national police force in drug bust operation

United Nations peacekeepers in Haiti and the country’s police force have seized 50 kilograms of cannabis in the first joint drugs bust of its kind in the impoverished Caribbean nation.

Thousands hit by floods and avalanches in Colombia receive UN food aid

The United Nations is bringing $500,000 in emergency food aid to 30,000 Colombians after a volcanic eruption caused massive flooding and avalanches in the northern and western parts of the South American nation.

Closing Guantánamo Bay will end ‘dark chapter’ for US, stress UN experts

A group of independent United Nations human rights experts have welcomed United States President-elect Barack Obama’s announced decision close the Guantánamo Bay detention centre, stressing it will end “a dark chapter in the country’s history.”

Latin America’s economic outlook dismal as global financial crisis takes toll – UN

After six years of strong performance, Latin American and Caribbean economies will slow considerably next year as the global economic meltdown takes its toll on the region and unemployment rises, a United Nations agency for economic development announced today.

Nicaragua’s titling of native lands marks crucial step for indigenous rights – UN expert

An independent United Nations human rights expert has praised the Nicaraguan Government for giving the indigenous Awas Tingni community the title to its traditional lands, marking the culmination of a decades-long struggle by the group to gain recognition and protection of its ancestral territory.

Haiti: Blue helmets raise funds and help rebuild schools damaged in hurricanes

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti, known as MINUSTAH, collected over $20,000 and put its muscle behind renovation work on four schools in the storm-battered island.

Some 50,000 Colombians in Ecuador to be registered under UN-backed scheme

Nearly 50,000 Colombian refugees are expected to benefit from the Ecuadorian Government’s nationwide registration scheme, which aims to recognize and document refugees who have been in the country for more than a year, the United Nations said today.

Haitians continue desperate struggle three months after successive storms – UN report

Almost half of the families uprooted by what the United Nations emergency relief chief had called the “worst disaster in the last 100 years” to strike Haiti are still unable to return to their homes, a UN spokesperson told reporters today.

Haiti: UN launches Operation Blue Shield to protect crime-ridden urban centres

Haitians beset by a staggering rise in acts of banditry, including kidnapping, are set to benefit from a new United Nations-backed urban security plan launched by the national police, including an increased presence and nighttime patrols.

UN bolsters aid efforts in Panama as floods worsen

United Nations humanitarian agencies have stepped up their assistance in Panama, where at least 10 people have been killed and nearly 24,000 others affected by floods and heavy rains and the number of affected areas continues to grow.