Americas

UNESCO denounces yet one more journalist’s murder, this time in Haiti

In yet another denunciation of the murder of a journalist, this time in Haiti and reportedly by police, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has condemned this “intolerable attack on democracy and rule of law.”

UN-affiliated University of Peace gets new rector

A new rector has been named for the United Nations-affiliated University of Peace in Costa Rica, which offers graduate studies in fields ranging from conflict prevention and human security to human rights and environmental security.

UN food agency sends help to flooded Guyana

A United Nations relief agency is sending Guyana enough food for 10,000 of the people worst-affected by the recent flooding, but warnings have come of more rains in the next few days, with high tides along the low-lying Atlantic coast of the South American country.

UN watchdog agency uses nuclear technology to help Mexico City breathe easier

With air pollution contributing to some 12,000 deaths each year in Mexico City, the United Nations atomic watchdog agency, better known for its efforts to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons, is using nuclear technology to help the citizens of the Mexican capital breathe easier.

UN aviation agency hails cost saving, pollution reducing rules for the Americas

New minimum vertical distance rules for aircraft flying over North, Central and South America and the Caribbean that have just come into force will lead to less fuel burn, less pollution from engine emissions and overall savings of nearly $6 billion over the next 15 years, according to the United Nations aviation agency.

UN disaster assessment and aid team goes to flood-stricken Guyana

A four-member United Nations team has been sent to Guyana to assess the needs of thousands of people who have been forced out of their homes in the flooded capital and coastal villages of the South American country, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today.

Chief UN adviser on Colombia to conclude term in April

Secretary-General Kofi Annan's top aide dealing with the peace process in Colombia will wrap up his current term in April after five years on the job, putting a temporary pause to active United Nations involvement in helping to end the country's decades-long conflict.

UN team assesses losses caused by floods in Costa Rica

A United Nations team is making a two-day field visit to the area of Costa Rica most affected by the floods earlier this month that killed four people and displaced 6,000 others, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today.

New UNICEF head promises ‘results not rhetoric, benefits not banalities’

Promising “results not rhetoric, benefits not banalities” in the search for solutions to the enormous plight of children around the world, the incoming head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) vowed today to tap a “a vast reservoir” of international goodwill in the war against hunger, illiteracy and disease.

US Agriculture Secretary to be new UNICEF head

Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today he would nominate United States Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman, a veteran manager of complex organizations, to head the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the world's leading body addressing the needs of youngsters.