UN-led effort helps Haitians clear half of quake rubble in large-scale operation

Thousands of Haitians participating in a large-scale clean-up coordinated by the United Nations have removed more than 40 per cent of the 10 million cubic metres of rubble caused by last year’s earthquake.

Ban pays tribute to US computing pioneer Steve Jobs

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today paid tribute to Steve Jobs, the United States computing entrepreneur and inventor who has died at the age of 56.

Haiti: UN voices hopes for greater reconstruction after approval of new premier

The United Nations today welcomed the Haitian Parliament’s approval of a new Prime Minister after months of delay, voicing hope that the impoverished country where the world body maintains a large peacekeeping force can now accelerate its reconstruction efforts.

Clean water, sanitation and food remain relief priorities in Haiti – UN official

Access to safe drinking water, sanitation and food are the priority humanitarian needs in Haiti over the next year, the United Nations relief chief said today, stressing that the estimated 600,000 people still in camps after last year’s earthquake continue to depend on aid for survival.

UN welcomes Mexican initiative to protect population from earthquakes

The United Nations welcomed Mexico City’s new preventive measures to protect its population from earthquakes by ensuring that property at high risk of damage is expropriated by the Government and its occupants provided with safe alternate housing.

UN human rights office concerned about killing of journalists in Mexico

The United Nations human rights office today expressed concern over the increase in the number of killings of journalists in Mexico this year, and urged the country’s authorities to launch immediate investigations to punish the perpetrators.

Haitian camp populations decline, but residents still in need – UN official

The number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) still in camps in Haiti after their homes were destroyed by last year’s catastrophic earthquake has declined from 1.5 million to 600,000, but hardship in the settlements has not eased, the United Nations humanitarian chief said today at end of her three-day visit to the country.

Only global action will halt deadly drug gangs, UN narcotics chief tells Mexico

Warning that the solution to narcotics trafficking must be global in scale, the chief United Nations anti-crime official today began a two-day official visit to Mexico, where tens of thousands of people have been murdered and mutilated in drug wars over the past five years.

Humanitarian assistance must continue in Haiti – UN aid chief

The United Nations relief chief today stressed the need for continued humanitarian assistance in Haiti, alongside development and reconstruction work, saying that the 600,000 people still living in camps following last year’s massive earthquake remain in need of basic services.

Head of UN office against drugs and crime praises Colombia’s anti-narcotics efforts

The head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has praised Colombia’s political commitment to fighting narcotics production and related crimes and financial support of the office’s technical assistance projects against the scourge in the region.