Americas

UN rushes aid as unexpected cold spell threatens Peruvian livestock

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has provided urgently needed medical supplies to poor farmers in the Peruvian highlands whose livestock are suffering as a result of a severe unseasonable cold spell, known locally as “El friaje.”

UN agency lauds think-tank plan to revamp US policy on global food crisis

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today praised a new report by a Washington-based think-tank which calls for the United States to take a fresh strategic approach to the global food crisis.

In Santiago, General Assembly President calls for new culture of global relations

The President of the General Assembly has called for creating a new culture of international relations to address today’s global challenges, ranging from economic development and reducing poverty to dealing with rising food and energy prices.

General Assembly President and Chilean leader hold talks in Santiago

Climate change, development and the food crisis were among the issues discussed by the President of the General Assembly and Chilean President Michelle Bachelet in Santiago, the first stop on a three-nation tour for the head of the 192-member body.

Mexican hotels join UN campaign on HIV/AIDS

Ahead of a major HIV/AIDS conference that begins next week in Mexico City, the United Nations and the Mexican hotel industry have joined forces to launch a campaign focusing on prevention, awareness-raising and improved workplace policies for those living with the disease.

General Assembly President to begin three-country Latin American tour

General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim travels tonight to Latin America for a three-country visit that will focus on issues ranging from climate change and financing for development to counter-terrorism efforts and advancing reform of the United Nations.

New UN 'Running for Life' campaign spotlights plight of Colombia's displaced

A new Internet-based campaign that compares forced displacement to a long-distance race which starts when people have no choice but to flee from conflict, violence or persecution is being launched today by the United Nations refugee agency and 10 other partners, to assist displaced people in Colombia.

Poor farmers in Guyana helped to plant new crops by UN agency

A new United Nations-backed project will help more than 5,000 small farmers in Guyana diversify into new crops to help them compete in international markets.

Haiti: UN mission welcomes graduation of hundreds of new prison guards

Human rights officers with the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti have welcomed the graduation from training of more than 200 new prison guards to help improve conditions in the country’s overcrowded jail system.

HIV/AIDS to be focus of Ban’s upcoming Mexico visit

The fight against AIDS will be one of the top priorities on the agenda of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon when he makes his first official visit to Mexico next month.