Americas

UN experts concerned over mercenaries’ alleged coup plot in Bolivia

A group of United Nations independent experts on mercenaries today voiced their deep concern over reports that five people were involved in a plot to overthrow the Government of Bolivia.

Haiti: UN applauds publication of Senate election results despite low turn out

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) today welcomed the publication of election results for the Caribbean country’s Senate although poor turn out meant that none of the candidates picked up sufficient votes to win a seat outright.

Swine flu outbreak has pandemic potential, warns UN health agency

The head of the United Nations health agency today warned that the recent outbreak of a deadly new strain of the flu virus, known as swine flu, reported in parts of Mexico and the United States, has the potential to become a pandemic.

Guatemala: UN-backed probe of illegal armed groups extended by two years

The mandate of the independent body set up with United Nations help to investigate the activities of illegal armed groups in Guatemala will be extended for two years, it was announced today.

Solutions to interrelated global challenges spur sustainability, says Ban

The interlinked challenges the world faces today can be addressed in a manner that will propel growth, inclusivity and sustainability, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said.

Venezuelan micro-credit aid extended to refugees, asylum-seekers – UN

The Venezuelan Government has expanded micro-finance assistance to Colombian refugees and asylum-seekers in border areas, the United Nations refugee agency said today.

Secretary-General heading to Trinidad and Tobago for Americas summit

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is departing today for the Caribbean archipelago nation of Trinidad and Tobago, where he will address dozens of heads of State and Government at the fifth Summit of the Americas tomorrow.

UN envoy for Haiti urges speedy disbursal of donor pledges

Hailing pledges worth nearly $325 million for Haiti's reconstruction and development made at a donor conference in Washington last week, the top United Nations envoy to the impoverished country today expressed hope the funds will be quickly disbursed.

UN human rights expert on the right to education to visit Paraguay

An independent United Nations expert kicks off a nine-day trip to Paraguay today to assess the extent to which the South-American nation implements the right to education for all the country's children.

Haiti: Ban challenges donors, investors to create 100,000 jobs

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on donor nations, investors and other “friends of Haiti” to create at least 100,000 jobs in the impoverished Caribbean nation in the next two years.