Americas

UN independent expert praises tolerance in Paraguay, deplores inequality

The United Nations independent expert on religious freedom today commended Paraguay for the openness and tolerance of both the Government and society, but pointed out there is “much room” for improvement in tackling the issue of inequality.

Enhancing rule of law vital for peace and security in Haiti, UN report says

Haitians must embrace the rule of law to advance peace and prosperity, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stresses in a new report, adding that the country and its new leadership will require sustained international support to achieve this goal amid a set of daunting challenges.

Grenada: UN rural development agency funds poverty reduction project

The United Nations rural development agency is to co-finance a $7.5-million project in Grenada designed to alleviate poverty in the Caribbean country, benefiting an estimated 12,000 members of poor communities on the main island and the isle of Carriacou.

UN chief to open meeting of university presidents on women empowerment

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will on Monday visit the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, United States, to open the 5th meeting of the Global Colloquium of university presidents, his spokesperson announced today.

Haitian buildings to be reinforced against earthquakes under UN-backed plan

Haitian schools, hospitals and other buildings are to be strengthened under a United Nations-backed plan to reduce vulnerability to seismic threats in a country that was devastated 14 months ago by a massive earthquake that killed more than 200,000 people and made 1.3 million homeless.

UN-backed test shows need to improve Caribbean tsunami warning system

The first full-scale test of the tsunami warning system in the Caribbean has highlighted the need to reinforce preparations as well as improve communication, evacuation plans and the role of the private sector, the United Nations said today.

UN human rights experts study more than 200 cases of forced disappearances

The United Nations human rights experts tasked with assisting families determine the fate or whereabouts of disappeared relatives examined over 200 cases during its recent session held in Mexico City, and is now conducting a mission to learn about Mexico’s efforts in dealing with the issue.

As Haitians await results of election, UN calls for calm and restraint

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti has called on all candidates in yesterday’s run-off presidential and legislative elections and their followers to show patience and restraint as they wait for the results of the vote, saying the future of the impoverished country is at stake.

UN official welcomes US-Brazilian cooperation to promote labour issues

The head of the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) has welcomed an agreement between Brazil and the United States to promote the cooperation of all States in the global efforts to ensure that people have decent employment and that the rights of workers are respected.

Haiti's presidential poll offers 'historic opportunity' for country, Ban says

A day before Haitians head to the polls to vote for a new president, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged them to “take full advantage of this historic opportunity to shape the future of their country.”