Americas

Top humanitarian award winner ‘nothing short of heroic’: UN refugee chief 

An educator and rights defender who has spent more than 20 years rescuing exploited and trafficked children in Colombia, represents “the best of us”, the UN refugee chief said on Thursday, as she was named the winner of this year’s Nansen Refugee Award.

‘Instead of nationalism, we need global cooperation’; Caribbean leaders call for united front against COVID-19 pandemic

Leaders from the Caribbean, in pre-recorded addresses to the UN General Assembly, stressed that their small economies are largely dependent on one or just a few industries, and called for strengthened global cooperation and financing mechanisms to overcome the health crisis sparked by the coronavirus pandemic and recover from its massive socio-economic fallout. 

‘Things have to change’ Canada’s Trudeau declares amid COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed that the world must change, as multilateral systems established decades ago are not working as they should, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada told the UN General Assembly on Friday. 

While not perfect, world is better today because of UN’s work since 1945, says President of Dominican Republic

The world in 2020 is clearly different from that in 1945 – when the UN was established – and it is also better, thanks to the global Organization and its work, the President of the Dominican Republic has said, underlining the continued need for international, multilateral cooperation. 

Two paths before Latin America: democracy or dictatorship, Bolivian President declares

The Latin American region is at a crossroads, with a choice not between the political left or the right; between socialism or capitalism, it is in fact between democracy and dictatorship, between freedom and oppression, the President of Bolivia told world leaders, gathered virtually for the United Nations General Assembly. 

Venezuelan President Maduro proposes new UN fund to support countries facing discrimination

Venezuela has proposed creation of a “revolving public purchasing fund” within the United Nations system to guarantee access to food and health products, financed with public resources, to facilitate countries suffering “discrimination and economic blockade” acquire necessary goods and services. 

Unlike neoliberalism, coronavirus does not favour ‘richest one per cent’, Cuban President tells world leaders

Faced with a global pandemic that has infected millions, killed thousands, forced borders to close, upended economies, and drastically changed lives, the world today needs the United Nations today as much as it did 75 years ago, the President of Cuba underlined on Tuesday. 

Brazilian President outlines action taken to address COVID-19 pandemic, unemployment

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has highlighted social and economic measures his administration implemented, to address the COVID-19 pandemic and what he views as the politicization of the virus in South America’s largest country. 

UN dismayed over US sanctions on top International Criminal Court officials

The UN Secretary-General on Wednesday noted “with concern” the imposition by the United States of sanctions against the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and another senior official, in the latest of a series of unilateral policy moves against the body.

‘Wisdom’ of Guatemala’s indigenous people needed for sustainable development: A UN Resident Coordinator blog

The wisdom and knowledge of indigenous people in Guatemala is central to the realization of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs, targets agreed by countries around the world to end poverty, maintain peace and preserve the health of the planet. In this blog, the UN Resident Coordinator in Guatemala Rebeca Arias Flores explains how sustainable development is not new, but simply a new name that draws on ancient wisdom that is renewed with each generation of indigenous people.