Americas

UN food agency begins major scale up of aid to earthquake victims in Haiti

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today began ramping up its operations in Haiti by opening 16 fixed food distribution sites offering supplies to some 2 million people affected by the massive earthquake in the capital, Port-au-Prince.

Haiti: UN calls for donors to back $700 million agricultural recovery plan

The United Nations today urged international donors to fund a $700 million plan to rebuild Haiti’s critical agricultural sector, the cornerstone of the Government’s strategy to get the country back on its feet after the catastrophic 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck on 12 January.

UNESCO moving to ensure Haitian artefacts are protected post-quake

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has issued a call to protect Haitian artefacts in the wake of the massive earthquake in a bid to prevent pillaging from the rubble of the Caribbean nation’s numerous landmarks, including the Presidential Palace.

UN death toll from Haitian earthquake climbs to 84

The number of United Nations staff killed in this month’s earthquake in Haiti has reached 84, while another 15 personnel remained unaccounted for, nearly three weeks after the disaster.

Haitian relief efforts have long way to go despite improvement – UN official

The emergency relief operation in Haiti continues to make progress on a daily basis although considerable logistical restraints have meant large numbers of people suffering from the impact of the devastating 7.0-magnitude earthquake have not yet received the aid they need, the United Nations humanitarian chief said today.

For UN staff in Haiti, finding solace in work

Even before this month’s earthquake, Port-au-Prince could be a difficult place to work. Now, with half the city destroyed, 1 million residents displaced and the stress from frequent aftershocks, there are new challenges to working in the Haitian capital.

UN official hails ‘outstanding’ post-quake performance of Haitian police

Haiti’s police force has made an “outstanding” effort to maintain law and order in the wake of this month’s catastrophic earthquake, a senior United Nations official said today, noting that the force has continued to carry out its work despite the collapse of its headquarters and many police stations the loss of hundreds of personnel.

In Haiti, UN staff remember their fallen colleagues

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today paid tribute to United Nations personnel who perished in the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti earlier this month, hailing their courage and dedication in the face of catastrophe.

Haitian recovery must include strengthening of human rights – top UN official

Not only must Haiti’s infrastructure be built back better in the wake of the devastating earthquake, but its human rights mechanisms must also be enhanced, the top United Nations rights official said today.

Using pedal power, London boy raises money to help Haitian children – UNICEF

Seven-year-old Charlie Simpson of London originally planned to just enjoy a bicycle ride in the local park with his father. Instead, he made a five-mile trip that has raised more than £150,000 for children affected by this month’s Haitian earthquake, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has announced.