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Social justice and political inclusion can prevent unrest, Trinidad and Tobago tells UN

An equitable distribution of resources and greater political participation could ease some of the discontent that many young people feel across the world and prevent popular uprisings such as those seen in North Africa and the Middle East, Trinidad and Tobago has told the United Nations.

UN urges stronger protection of Mexican journalists after another three murders

Condemning the murders of three women journalists in Mexico over the past month, the United Nations agency that defends press freedom today pressed for stronger measures to halt the frequent violence against reporters in the Latin American country.

As tensions mount over proposed highway in Bolivia, UN expert calls for dialogue

A United Nations human rights expert called for negotiations between indigenous people and Bolivian authorities today after protests against the construction of a highway in the Amazon turned violent last Sunday.

Panama proposes to host regional hub for UN agencies

Panama has proposed setting up a regional logistics hub for the United Nations that will serve as a base to allow the quick distribution of humanitarian assistance to those in need across Latin America and the Caribbean.

Environmental and economic reforms needed for Latin American development, UN hears

Four Latin American countries have called for environmental and economic reforms to ensure growth in their region during the General Assembly’s annual general debate.

Saint Lucia and Dominica call attention at UN to their vulnerability to weather disasters

The small island States of Saint Lucia and Dominica today at the United Nations urged the world to pay greater attention to their vulnerability to natural disasters, particularly hurricanes, so they can improve their response mechanisms and recovery efforts.

Tighter regulation needed of small weapons, Jamaica tells General Assembly

An international regime is needed to regulate the sale and transfer of small and light weapons, Jamaica’s Deputy Prime Minister told the General Assembly’s annual general debate today.

UN help needed to curb youth violence, Saint Kitts and Nevis says

Youth violence has reached epidemic levels in the Caribbean, a top official from Saint Kitts and Nevis said today, urging United Nations agencies to help the region’s countries curtail the growing problem.

UN human rights office voices profound regret after execution of US man

The United Nations human rights office expressed profound regret today over this week’s execution in the United States of Troy Davis, saying that the process that led to his death may have violated international law.

Drug trafficking greatest threat to Latin American countries today, UN hears

Costa Rica and El Salvador, two countries highly affected by drug-related violence in recent years, have urged the United Nations to help fight drug cartels and organized crime, and called on Member States with high numbers of drug consumers to take the lead on the issue.