Americas

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.

UN-led effort helps Haitians clear half of quake rubble in large-scale operation

Thousands of Haitians participating in a large-scale clean-up coordinated by the United Nations have removed more than 40 per cent of the 10 million cubic metres of rubble caused by last year’s earthquake.

Ban pays tribute to US computing pioneer Steve Jobs

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today paid tribute to Steve Jobs, the United States computing entrepreneur and inventor who has died at the age of 56.

Haiti: UN voices hopes for greater reconstruction after approval of new premier

The United Nations today welcomed the Haitian Parliament’s approval of a new Prime Minister after months of delay, voicing hope that the impoverished country where the world body maintains a large peacekeeping force can now accelerate its reconstruction efforts.