Americas

Haitian Foreign Minister calls for development reboot to close ‘striking gap’ between promises and action on ending poverty

The future of humanity hinges on full implementation of the 2030 Agenda, if we don't get there, “we may never see the world that ‘we the peoples of the United Nations’ have long been calling for,” Bocchit Edmond, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Haiti, told the General Assembly, the Organization’s top deliberative body.

At UN, Cuba slams US ‘criminal’ practices undermining country’s development

At the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday, the Foreign Minister of Cuba condemned the United States for imposing blockades and other “criminal, non-conventional measures” that are hindering his country’s progress. 

Venezuela Vice-President speaks out against ‘coup d’etat’, $130 bn lost to ‘economic terrorism’

The Vice-President of Venezuela on Friday criticized administrations which have recognized National Assembly president Juan Guaidó as leader of the South American country.

Treat climate crisis with ‘greatest urgency’, Bahamas leader tells UN Assembly

Hurricane Dorian, one of the most destructive Atlantic storms ever recorded, “is a generational tragedy” for The Bahamas, Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said on Friday.

At UN, Colombia’s Duque stands behind peace process, vows to stamp out narco-terrorists

Vowing to carry forward Colombia’s peace process, President Iván Duque outlined for delegations gathered for the UN General Assembly’s annual debate, his country’s efforts to disarm ex-combatants, protect the Amazon and root out drug traffickers and narco-terrorists.

US President Trump says countries have ‘absolute right’ to protect their borders

The path to peace and a better world “begins at home,” United States President Donald Trump said on Tuesday, urging countries to look after their own interests on issues like trade, people smuggling and illegal immigration, and denouncing “open border activists who cloak themselves in the rhetoric of social justice.”

Brazilian President speaks out against ‘media lies’ surrounding Amazon fires

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro spoke out against what he characterized as “media lies” about the Amazon and  alleged manipulation of the indigenous people who live there.

‘Whole spectrum of Afghan society’ must get behind peace talks, UN envoy tells Security Council

The long Afghan conflict can only be resolved by “direct talks” between its own people, the chief of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) told the Security Council on Tuesday, underscoring that they must be inclusive and represent “the whole spectrum of Afghan society”.

UN human rights chief ‘hopeful’ Venezuelan authorities are ready to address violations, calls for dialogue

“The only way out of this crisis is to come together, in dialogue”: that was the clear message delivered by Michelle Bachelet, the UN human rights chief, to the Government of Venezuela on Friday, during an address to the Human Rights Council, coinciding with the publication of a new UN report on Venezuela.

Security Council approves ‘historic’ political Haiti mission, ending UN peacekeeping role in the country

The Security Council on Monday approved a resolution to create a UN “Integrated Office” in Haiti, designed to support the country’s government in strengthening political stability and good governance. The Office, named BINUH, will replace the peacekeeping mission in Haiti on October 16, putting an end to 15 years of peacekeeping presence in the country.