Americas

As climate change makes bad weather worse, countries must strengthen resilience, UN officials urge

Noting the ever-increasing impact of extreme weather events, top United Nations officials, including Secretary-General António Guterres and Miroslav Lajcak, the President of the General Assembly today urged efforts to boost resilience and strengthen damage mitigation measures.

Security Council approves mandate, operations and size of UN Verification Mission in Colombia

The Security Council today approved the Secretary-General António Guterres' recommendations regarding the size, operational aspects and mandate of the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia.

Ahead of talks on Venezuela, UN chief voices support for political solution

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today expressed his full support for a new initiative to negotiate a political solution to the situation in Venezuela.

New mission in Colombia ready to boost confidence for stable peace, says UN envoy

As the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia prepares to begin its activities, its chief expressed the hope today that, with the support of the Security Council, the new operation should be able to strengthen the country’s confidence for a stable peace.

UN chief sends condolences, offers help after earthquake in Mexico

Secretary-General António Guterres has offered his condolences to the Government and people of Mexico and said the United Nations stands ready to provide support, should it be requested.

Continued risk of catastrophic damage as Irma traverses path of destruction, warns UN

Hurricane Irma continues to wreak havoc in the Caribbean, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake, the United Nations humanitarian wing said today, warning that areas along its path continue to remain at risk of significant damage.

UN supporting national relief efforts as Hurricane Irma threatens nearly 50 million people

United Nations agencies are supporting relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Irma, which has already wreaked havoc on Antigua and Barbuda and other Caribbean islands and is en route towards the United States.

Ahead of Hurricane Irma, UN agencies preparing supplies and communication lines to youth

If Irma stays on its current track as a category 5 hurricane, it will bring devastating damage within hours to parts of the Caribbean, affecting the lives of hundreds of thousands of children, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) today cautioned.

Colombia: UN welcomes ceasefire pact between Government and ELN rebels

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today welcomed the announcement by the Government of Colombia and the National Liberation Army (ELN) of a temporary bilateral cease-fire from 1 October 2017 to 12 January 2018.