Providing medical services part of UN Police role in Haiti: Commander

Along with its security and law-enforcement role, the Senegalese specialized United Nations police unit in Haiti continues to help civilian doctors provide medical services in some of the poorest areas of the capital, Port-au-Prince, its commander highlighted recently before ending his mission to the impoverished country.

UN mobilizing emergency team for flood-hit Uruguay

The United Nations is mobilizing a Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team for deployment to Uruguay early next week in the wake of the worst floods to hit the country in half a century.

UN humanitarian agency rushes emergency aid to flood-ravaged Uruguay

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) announced today that it is sending an emergency cash grant of $30,000 to Uruguay to aid victims of flooding, the worst the country has seen in half a century.

Haiti: major gang leader arrested in capital’s slums

A long-hunted Haitian gang leader accused of assassinations, kidnappings and extortion was arrested today in a joint operation by Haitian National Police and United Nations peacekeepers in Cité Soleil, the notorious slum area in the capital, Port-au-Prince.

UN, partners to strengthen workplace AIDS programmes in Haiti

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and its main partner in Haiti have agreed to cooperate on fighting the epidemic in the country’s workplaces, a UN spokesperson announced today.

American Jewish Committee has key role to play across UN agenda – Ban Ki-moon

In a video message to the 101st annual dinner of the American Jewish Committee in Washington, D.C., yesterday evening, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon restated his top priorities, among them geopolitical issues, “in particular the tragedy in Darfur and diplomatic efforts on several fronts in the Middle East, including Iraq, Lebanon and, of course, the Israel-Palestinian conflict.”

UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) works for health in Haiti

Although primarily known for its work in curbing the proliferation of nuclear weapons, the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is also working to save the lives of babies and women with cervical cancer in Haiti.

High level of crime threatens Caribbean economic growth: UN report

The highest murder and assault rates in the world are undermining economic growth in the Caribbean region, according to a report published today by the World Bank and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) which blames the illicit drug trade and calls for international measures to address the problem.