Americas

Peruvian chief calls UN most powerful tool against global ills from terrorism to poverty

In the face of enormous global challenges, from terrorism to climate change, the United Nations is the essential forum for world cooperation, Peruvian President Alan García told the General Assembly today.

Central America under threat from tentacles of drug trade, UN debate hears

Drug cartels now threaten the basic stability and social fabric of many Central American countries, Costa Rica’s President told the United Nations today, warning that the battle against narco-trafficking can only be won if nations worldwide overhaul their current strategies.

Post-quake, Chilean leader vows at UN to build a better country

February’s deadly earthquake in Chile provided an opportunity to forge a better country, the country’s President Sebastian Piñera told the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate today.

Human rights the focus during talks between Ban and Colombian leader

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and recently elected Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos Calderón held talks today at United Nations Headquarters in New York on human rights, regional relations and drug trafficking.

Haiti’s damaged food sector recovering but production still low, UN finds

A joint assessment by two United Nations agencies has found that Haiti’s food sector is slowly beginning to recover but production remains well below the levels that existed prior to the January earthquake.

Recent earthquake tops Ban’s talks with Chilean leader

The recent earthquake in Chile was the focus of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s meeting today with the South American nation’s President Sebastián Piñera.

After floods and eruption in Guatemala, thousands need food aid – UN

Some 330,000 Guatemalans will need food aid over the coming months, just to be able to subsist, according to a new United Nations study.

Honduras: Ban renews support for reconciliation moves after last year’s coup

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today assured Honduran President Porfirio Lobo of United Nations support for his efforts to promote the rule of law, protect human rights and fight impunity in the Central American country, which was shaken by the ouster of his predecessor last year.

Most Paraguayan children suffer parental or family abuse, UN reports

Six out of 10 Paraguayan children and adolescents suffer physical violence and other maltreatment within their homes, including beatings, kicks, burns and semi-asphyxiation, according to a new United Nations study.

Brazil and UN refugee agency sign pact to bolster partnership

Brazil will step up its assistance to help refugees and those affected by disasters worldwide under a new agreement reached with the United Nations refugee agency.