Americas

Security Council 'deeply disappointed' over failed election deadlines in Haiti

The United Nations Security Council has expressed its deep disappointment that Haitian actors failed to meet the election and inauguration deadlines agreed upon in the February political accord, calling on all actors to ensure the prompt return to constitutional order.

Colombia: UN refugee agency urges civilian safety amid rising displacement in country's western region

Armed clashes between illegal groups fighting for territory in western Colombia are driving a growing number of mostly Afro-Caribbean and indigenous peoples from their homes in Chocó department, the United Nations refugee agency warned today, calling on all parties to the conflict to guarantee the safety of the civilian population.

‘Closely following’ events in Brazil, Ban calls for calm and dialogue among all sectors of society

According to a United Nations spokesperson, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has been following closely recent events in Brazil, after the country’s Senate voted overnight to suspend President Dilma Rousseff.

Youth employment an ‘absolute priority’ in Latin America – UN labour chief

“Innovative solutions” with a concrete action plan are crucial to tackle youth employment challenge in Latin America, the Director-General of the United Nations’ International Labour Organization (ILO) told representatives at the 9th Ibero-American Conference of Ministers of Labour, recently held in Colombia.

Ecuador: UN reports quake death toll hits 660; donor response poor

At the start of the third week of response to the 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Ecuador, the country’s call for $72.7 million in financial assistance has received little support while the death toll has risen to 660, the United Nations humanitarian aid wing said today, urging donors to contribute to the projects that benefit the affected people.

Syrian refugee begins Olympic torch relay in Brasilia – UN agency

Flanked by cheering crowds, a 12-year-old Syrian refugee girl ran with the Olympic flame through Brasilia today, kicking off a relay across the host country ahead of the Olympic Games in August, the United Nations refugee agency announced.

Flint Michigan crisis ‘not just about water,’ UN rights experts say ahead of President Obama’s visit

Speaking ahead of United States President Barack Obama’s visit to Flint, Michigan, three United Nations experts are calling for immediate action to address the serious human rights concerns related to the contamination of the city’s water supply and the devastating consequences for residents there, who have been dealing with water-related crises since April 2014.