Americas

UN health agency calls for ‘trans fat-free Americas’

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), a regional arm of the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO), called today for the elimination of industrial trans fats from food supplies throughout the Americas in order to prevent heart attacks.

Child hunger costing Central America billions annually – UN

Child undernutrition cost the economies of Central America and the Dominican Republic almost $7 billion – or 6.4 per cent of the region’s gross domestic product (GDP) – in 2004, according to a new joint study by two United Nations agencies today.

Climate change raises more than environmental issues – Ban Ki-moon

Projected changes in Earth's climate present more than just an environmental concern, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has told the Organization of American States (OAS) meeting in Panama City, warning of the “serious social and economic implications” as well.

UN says 10 suspects held following cocaine seizure in Haiti

Working with the Haitian National Police, officers from the United Nations mission in the country have helped to seize 420 kilogrammes of cocaine and take in 10 suspects.