Americas

Blue helmets in Haiti assist in new school year after devastating storms

United Nations peacekeepers are helping Haitian families face the new school year by distributing school kits and furniture and cleaning up buildings as the impoverished Caribbean country struggles with the effects of four successive storms in as many weeks.

Haiti in desperate need of socio-economic development, stresses UN envoy

The recovery and humanitarian relief efforts in Haiti – an impoverished country devastated recently by four successive storms in as many weeks – will not succeed unless the international community addresses the nation’s social and economic crisis, a senior United Nations official stressed today.

Drug-related crime biggest threat to public safety in the Americas, warns UN

Drug trafficking and the violence committed by its associated organized crime is the biggest threat to public safety in the Americas, according to the Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

World Bank donates $25 million to help rebuild beleaguered Haiti

The World Bank today announced $25 million in additional emergency grants for Haiti to support recovery and rebuilding efforts, and strengthen its capacity to cope with natural disasters, in the wake of a devastating series of storms that hit the Caribbean country.

Haiti faces challenges, but also signs of hope, says top UN envoy

The need to overcome obstacles in Haiti in the wake of a series of devastating hurricanes and storms has propelled a political breakthrough in the Caribbean nation, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council today.

New jobs desperately needed in hurricane-ravaged Haiti – UN agency

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today appealed for funds so it can run projects that would offer jobs to up to 400,000 Haitians whose incomes have disappeared since a series of deadly hurricanes lashed the poor Caribbean country over the past two months.

Murder of Mexican journalist sparks outrage from UNESCO head

The head of the United Nations agency mandated to defend press freedom today condemned the shooting of Alejandro Xenón Fonseca Estrada, a Mexican radio journalist and activist who campaigned against organized crime.

UN agency delivers food supplies for over half a million in Haiti

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is expanding its relief operations across hurricane-devastated Haiti, supplying enough stocks of food to reach 500,000 people as the Caribbean country tries to recover from the recent series of deadly storms.

UN agency joins forces with United States retailer to end violence against women

The United States retailer Marshalls has signed on to a United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) campaign to bring an end to violence against women.

Level playing field key to tackling inequality in Latin America, says World Bank

Levelling opportunities will be key to development in Latin America, where 15 to 50 per cent of total income inequality is due to factors such as gender, race, place of birth and parents’ education and occupation, according to a new report released by the World Bank.