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Photo Feature: UN family responds to humanitarian plight in wake of Haiti’s Hurricane Matthew

On Tuesday 4 October, 2016, Hurricane Matthew struck Haiti. While the capital, Port au Prince, was mostly spared from the full strength of the Category 4 hurricane, the western cities of Les Cayes and Jeremie suffered the full force – sustaining heavy rains, winds and water damage across wide areas.

Hurricane's impact on political process in Haiti reaffirms need to extend peackeeping mission – UN envoy

With Haiti facing the dual challenges of addressing the impact of Hurricane Matthew and restarting preparations for the holding of the much-anticipated elections, the United Nations envoy for the Caribbean country today expressed support for the recommended extension of the UN mission there by six months until mid-April 2017.

Haiti: Seeking to fend off cholera threat, UN agencies deliver aid, call for risk reduction

One week after Hurricane Matthew slammed into Haiti, United Nations agencies are continuing the massive relief effort under way on the ground, scrambling to fend off the threat of cholera, delivering life-saving supplies and rehabilitating damaged infrastructure, such as schools.

In phone call, UN chief encourages Colombian leaders to stay the course of the peace process

Speaking by phone with the leaders of the Colombian peace process, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged both Juan Manuel Santos, the President of Colombia, and Timoleon Jimenez, Commander of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP), to stay the course for peace in spite of the outcome of the recent referendum.

UN appeals for $120 million to launch ‘massive response’ in storm-ravaged Haiti

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the launch of a near $120 million appeal to fund United Nations aid activities in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti, where the rising death toll coupled with the start of the rainy season has prompted the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to sound the alarm on the threat of waterborne diseases to children living in the worst-affected areas.

Haiti: UN emergency fund allocates $5 million to kick-start assistance in wake of Hurricane Matthew

Hurricane Matthew’s destructive path through the Caribbean dealt a “major blow” to Haiti’s reconstruction effort and fight the against cholera, the United Nations humanitarian chief said this evening as the UN announced $5 million in emergency funds to kick-start assistance in the wake of the deadly storm, which has affected some 350,000 people on the tiny island.

Colombian Government and FARC-EP request UN to authorize Mission to continue supporting ceasefire

The Colombian Government and the country’s largest rebel group announced today that they are willing to press ahead on the goals of the historic peace accord that was rejected by voters this past weekend, while the two sides also requested that the United Nations Mission in the country continue its work, particularly relating to monitoring the ceasefire.

Swift approval of Guatemala’s justice reform bill an ‘historic’ opportunity to fight impunity – UN rights office

Welcoming a recent draft bill to the Guatemalan Congress on constitutional justice reform, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) today urged a rapid approval by the Government while voicing concern over the growing threats against judicial authorities.

UN agencies ramp up response in Caribbean as relief teams assess damage by Hurricane Matthew

After deploying field teams to Caribbean countries affected by Hurricane Matthew, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) are today heading to Haiti, where they are preparing for a major upsurge in cholera.

After disclosure on Bahamas tax havens, UN experts urge governments to take action

In the wake of the recent disclosure of leaked Bahamas tax haven data, United Nations human rights experts today urged governments to work together on liquidating offshore tax avoidance and establishing tougher financial regulations.