Americas

Chile’s President calls for UN Member States to act to stem climate change

The President of Chile called for a new global political consensus to deal with climate change, based on a shared but differentiated set of responsibilities and within the framework of the United Nations, during an address to the General Assembly today.

Honduran leader urges UN Assembly to address migration as human rights issue

The President of Honduras today urged national leaders attending the General Assembly's annual high-level debate to deal with migration not as a threat or problem but as a human rights issue.

UN to offset carbon emissions from landmark high-level climate change meeting

The United Nations will substantially offset the carbon emissions – estimated at approximately 5,000 tons of carbon dioxide – resulting from today’s high-level climate change meeting, which has brought together heads of State and government as well as other senior officials from over 150 nations.

Fighting in Colombia displaces more indigenous people, UN reports

More than 1,000 indigenous Colombians have taken refuge in a school to escape fighting between the army and an irregular armed group, the latest victims of more than 40 years of conflict which has uprooted 3 million people and has recently had a disproportionate effect on the country’s original inhabitants, the United Nations reported today.

UN appeals for almost $40 million to assist flood victims in Nicaragua

United Nations humanitarian agencies today appealed for more than $39 million to help Nicaraguans deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Felix, which left a deadly trail of destruction when it struck the Central American country earlier this month.

Secretary-General appoints head of probe into illegal armed groups in Guatemala

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today appointed a Spanish prosecutor and judge who is currently helping the United Nations in its fight against illicit drugs to head the independent body being set up to investigate the presence and activities of illegal armed groups in Guatemala.

UN to launch $17-million appeal to feed 100,000 Nicaraguan hurricane victims

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today that it plans to launch a $17-million emergency appeal for 100,000 hurricane victims in Nicaragua, as rescue crews reported that they were stunned by the intensity of the destruction wrought along the impoverished country’s northern coast.

UNICEF seeks over $2 million to aid thousands of Nicaraguan hurricane victims

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is seeking over $2 million in relief aid over the next six months for victims of Hurricane Felix in Nicaragua, where up to 100,000 people are estimated to have been affected by the disaster and thousands of homes destroyed or damaged.

UN to launch flash appeal for hurricane victims in Nicaragua

United Nations relief officials are preparing to launch a flash appeal for victims of Hurricane Felix in Nicaragua, where over 34,000 people have been affected and nearly 8,500 houses damaged, according preliminary Government figures.

UN to send mission to Guatemala to set up body to probe illegal armed groups

A United Nations political mission will leave for Guatemala later this month to begin the preparations for establishing an independent body to investigate the presence and activities of illegal armed groups in the Central American country.