Americas

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.

Time to turn economic, social systems ‘inside out,’ urges Dominican Republic minister

The time for words and promises is over; the time for action is now, a Dominican Republic minister told the United Nations General Assembly on the final day of its high-level debate, calling for inclusive development and social justice in a post-2015 sustainability agenda.

At UN high-level debate, developed nations put spotlight on plight of vulnerable individuals

Speaking at the General Assembly’s annual debate at the United Nations today, the representatives of some industrial countries urged the Member States of the world Organization to focus on the well-being of individuals around the world, particular those most vulnerable.

Nicaragua continues progress on anti-poverty targets, Foreign Minister says

In an annual statement at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, the Foreign Minister of Nicaragua highlighted his country’s progress towards achieving the anti-poverty goals, which is the theme of this year’s General Assembly.