Americas

Annan urges Bolivian political parties to resolve differences quickly and hold elections

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged all social and political sectors of Bolivia to reach a solution to the political impasse so they can hold elections as planned on 26 December, his spokesman said.

UN human rights experts welcome US invitation to Guantanamo Bay but seek more access

The five independent experts of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights undertaking a joint study on the situation of detainees in Guantanamo Bay Naval Station today welcomed an invitation by the United States to visit the base while cautioning that they cannot accept the condition that denies them private interviews with the detainees.

UN agency faces large shortfall in funds to feed Central American flood victims

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is facing a serious shortfall in funding in its efforts to feed 360,000 hungry Central Americans stricken by this month’s floods, mudslides and volcanic eruption in Guatemala and El Salvador.

As new storm threatens Central America, UN disaster system goes on alert

With tropical storm Beta forecast to strengthen into a hurricane and drench Central America with potentially-flooding rains, the United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) system was today put on alert, ready to pre-position a team in Nicaragua should it become necessary.

Soccer greats Ronaldo and Zidane score goals for UN education project in Haiti

Soccer stars Ronaldo and Zidane, Goodwill Ambassadors of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), have scored golden goals for 3,000 disadvantaged children in a Haitian slum, donating $120,000 to provide school materials as well as health and sanitation supplies.

UN Jordanian peacekeeper dies of gunshot wounds in Haiti

A Jordanian peacekeeper serving with the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) has become the latest blue helmet to lose his life for the cause of peace after dying today of a gunshot wound sustained at the weekend during an operation to seize a stolen vehicle and find a kidnapped woman.

Haiti: UN mission helps apprehend suspected bandits in Bel Air

Blue helmets serving with the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) have apprehended seven suspected bandits who were turned over to the UN and national police.

At Brussels donors' conference for Haiti, UN envoy hopes for emergency fund

The United Nations Secretary-General's representative in Haiti is in Brussels today for a two-day European Union (EU) donors' conference which he hopes will create an emergency fund for the troubled Caribbean country.

UN prepares for Hurricane Wilma in Caribbean

As Hurricane Wilma – now a highly dangerous category five storm – makes its way through the Caribbean, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is keeping close contact with its offices in Cuba and Honduras to monitor the storm’s progress.

El Salvador's emergency from floods, landslides not yet over, UN office reports

Although tens of thousands of people displaced in El Salvador by a volcanic eruption and severe flooding and landslides produced by hurricane Stan have begun to return home, there is still a risk of further flooding and landslides and it is premature to consider the emergency over, the United Nations reported today.