Americas

UNESCO chief denounces murder of Honduran cameraman

The head of the United Nations agency defending press freedom today denounced the murder of Honduran cameraman Manuel Murillo Varela, who was found shot dead last week in the capital city of Tegucigalpa.

Marking one year since Hurricane Sandy, UN officials urge focus on Caribbean

On the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy making landfall in the United States, United Nations officials are reminding the public not to forget the storm’s less documented Caribbean victims.

UN General Assembly renews call for end to US embargo against Cuba

For the 22nd consecutive year at the United Nations, the General Assembly today adopted a resolution calling for an end to the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States against Cuba.

UNESCO chief deplores murder of Brazilian radio chief

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today denounced the murder of radio manager Cláudio Moleiro de Souza in northern Brazil and called for an investigation.

UN envoy meets with Ministers of Guyana, Venezuela to help resolve border dispute

A United Nations envoy has presented a plan to move forward the long-standing border controversy between Guyana and Venezuela.

Meeting in Jamaica, UN and partners call for enhanced collaboration on disaster management

Leaders from 22 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean have committed to further enhance regional cooperation in disaster preparedness and humanitarian response during a United Nations-supported meeting hosted in Kingston by the Government of Jamaica.

Security Council extends UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti for another year

The Security Council today voted unanimously to extend the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti until mid-October 2014 so it can continue contributing to stability and development in the small Caribbean nation.

UN renews pledge to help Haiti overcome cholera epidemic

The United Nations remains committed to do all that it can do to help the people of Haiti overcome the cholera epidemic, a spokesperson for the world body said today.

Four decades in solitary confinement amounts to torture, UN expert tells US authorities

An independent United Nations human rights expert today called on the United States to immediately end the indefinite solitary confinement imposed on Albert Woodfox for the past four decades.

UN urges Dominican Republic to ensure citizens of Haitian origin do not lose nationality

The United Nations human rights office today urged the Government of the Dominican Republic to take all necessary measures to ensure that citizens of Haitian origin are not deprived of their right to nationality in light of a recent court ruling.