Americas

Ban honoured by US college fund as International Humanitarian of the Year

A prestigious United States college fund tonight awarded its first International Humanitarian of the Year Award to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for “his steadfast commitment to confronting global challenges and his ability to effectively mobilize world leaders to do the same.”

Human rights approach to education policies needed in Chile – UN official

The Chilean Government must adopt a human rights approach in its policies, particularly those regarding education, indigenous people and freedom of expression, a senior United Nations official has said.

Nearly 470,000 cholera cases reported in Haiti over the past year – UN

Almost 470,000 cases of cholera, including 6,595 deaths, have been reported in Haiti since an epidemic of the disease erupted in the Caribbean country one year ago, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) reported today.

Mexico: Angélique Kidjo lauds efforts of UN-backed centre helping abused children

Internationally renowned singer Angélique Kidjo has lauded the efforts of a facility in Mexico City supported by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) that provides medical, psychological and legal assistance to children who have suffered violence.

With new Government in place, UN urges united effort to rebuild Haiti

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti has congratulated the country’s new Prime Minister and his cabinet and urged all actors to work together to rebuild a strong and democratic nation.

UN approves emergency grant for El Salvador as floods ravage Central America

The United Nations reported today it has approved an emergency cash grant for El Salvador and sent additional staff to the country as it beefs up efforts to help the Government respond to severe floods that have affected five other countries after heavy rainfall in Central America.

Some 100,000 people hit by rains, floods in Mexico and Central America – UN

Some 100,000 people in Mexico and Central America are facing flooding as Hurricane Jova and a tropical depression unleash torrential rains over the region, the United Nations reported today as it activated emergency and assessment teams in Nicaragua and El Salvador.

Extending UN peacekeeping force in Haiti, Security Council cuts troop numbers

The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) for another year and agreed to reduce the number of troops on the ground by 2,500.

UN expert welcomes Mexico’s move to recognize food as constitutional right

A United Nations expert today welcomed Mexico’s promulgation of a constitutional reform that recognizes the right to food in the country, and urged authorities to implement measures to give all Mexicans access to this human right.

Haiti: UN peacekeepers to the rescue as flood waters engulf country’s south

United Nations peacekeepers in Haiti have evacuated hundreds of families from their homes and placed them in temporary shelters as flood waters rise across the country’s south after more than four days of torrential rain.