Americas

Appeal for hurricane relief in Haiti badly under-funded, UN aid chief says

Urgent action is required to respond to the “worst disaster in the last 100 years” to strike Haiti, the United Nations relief chief reported today, warning that aid agencies remain far short of the millions they need to help the country recover after four deadly hurricanes this year left 800 people dead and affected another 1 million.

Haiti: UN fund to step up support for hurricane survivors

Survivors of this season's four devastating hurricanes in Haiti will receive a boost from the United Nations fund set up to help in the wake of major disasters, the UN relief chief has announced after visiting the struggling Caribbean country.

UN Headquarters renovation project proceeding on schedule, report says

The five-year, $1.9 billion renovation designed to make the landmark United Nations Headquarters Complex in New York more modern, safe and sustainable is proceeding on schedule, according to an update on the status of the project released today.

UN children’s agency deeply concerned over flooding in Central America

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today warned that life-saving supplies are quickly running out in Honduras, where severe landslides and flooding caused by heavy rains have killed at least 14 people and affected some 130,000 others in recent days.

Hurricane-ravaged Haiti set back in fight against poverty, warns top UN official

The trail of devastation from this year’s hurricane season has dealt a severe blow to efforts to combat poverty in Haiti, the top United Nations humanitarian official said as he landed in the storm-stricken country today.

United States military commissions unlikely to produce fair trials – UN expert

The United States’ system of military commissions planned for suspects currently detained at Guantánamo Bay is not likely to reach international standards about the right to a fair trial, an independent United Nations human rights expert warned today.

At Harvard University, Ban issues call to action to tackle today’s crises

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today issued a call to action to address the challenges of climate change, global health, terrorism, financial instability and disarmament, all of which are key to securing the common good in a time of global crises.

Top UN humanitarian official to visit hurricane-battered Haiti

United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes will visit Haiti later this week to assess the response to a series of storms which ravaged the impoverished Caribbean nation recently, it was announced today.

Secretary-General welcomes peaceful agreement on new Bolivian constitution

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the agreement reached today by Bolivia’s National Congress on the text of a proposed new constitution and the process for its approval.

Ban lauds award-winning charity for carrying on legacy of late Tom Lantos

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has pledged to do his part to advance the ideals espoused by long-time United Nations supporter Tom Lantos, as he congratulated the charity set up in the late United States congressman’s name for being honoured for the work it does in carrying forward his legacy.