Americas

UN refugee agency voices concern at deaths at sea following Caribbean boat tragedy

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has voiced concern at the recent deaths at sea after a boat capsized earlier this week in the Bahamas, the third such incident in the northern Caribbean since October.

Audit of Argentina’s foreign debt necessary for accountability, UN expert says

A United Nations independent expert today urged authorities in Argentina to undertake an audit of its external debt to improve transparency, and to intensify efforts to improve social conditions for their people.

UN agency welcomes selection of two female negotiators for Colombia’s peace talks

The United Nations entity tasked with advancing gender equality today applauded the appointment of two women to the team negotiating between Colombian authorities and the rebel group known as the FARC.

Inspired by United Nations, New York museum takes unique look at tackling global challenges

On the spot in Queens, New York where the United Nations General Assembly met during the late 1940s, a Mexican artist is testing his hypothesis that ordinary people, through creative approaches, can find solutions to the challnges the world body is tackling today.

On anniversary of JFK’s death, Ban says slain president is indelible inspiration

On the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, United Nations Secretary-General recalled his own “indelible” meeting as a teenager with the United States leader that inspired him to enter public service.

Honouring three years of UN Academic Impact, youth explore ‘making a difference’

Created three years ago to actively support universally accepted principles in human rights, literacy, sustainability and conflict resolution, the United Nations initiative working with higher education institutions has marked its third anniversary by spotlighting efforts of students in the New York tri-state area making a difference locally and internationally.

UN anti-drug agency names Colombian footballer Falcao new Goodwill Ambassador

The United Nations anti-drug and crime agency today named Colombian footballer Radamel Falcao García Zárate as its Goodwill Ambassador for drug prevention.

Haiti: UN peacekeeping mission voices concern at recent violence in several cities

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti today voiced its concern at recent incidents of violence in several cities and urged everyone in the country to work towards ensuring a peaceful society.

Insecurity obstructs social, economic development in Latin America – UN report

Latin America remains the most unequal and most insecure region in the world, the United Nations reported today, calling for inclusive economic growth and enhanced security and justice institutions as the most efficient ways to reduce insecurity.

Colombia: UN chief congratulates negotiating parties on peace agreement

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today congratulated Colombia following an announcement that negotiating parties in Havana, Cuba, reached an agreement on the issue of political participation in the South American country.