Americas

World descends upon UN Headquarters to show support for Haiti

United Nations Headquarters in New York was bursting at the seams today as delegates from countries large and small attended a donors’ conference to show solidarity with Haiti in the wake of January’s catastrophic earthquake and help lay the foundations for the country’s long-term recovery and reconstruction.

Ban names new top UN envoy for Haiti as it seeks to rebuild following quake

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today named Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Edmond Mulet as his Special Representative in Haiti in succession to Hédi Annabi, who died in the earthquake that devastated the impoverished Caribbean country in January.

Billions pledged at donors’ conference as Ban calls for wholesale rebuilding of Haiti

Dozens of nations and organizations today pledged almost $10 billion in immediate and long-term aid to help Haiti recover from the recent devastating earthquake, just hours after Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon opened a day-long donors’ conference by calling for the wholesale rebuilding of the country.

UN seeks to mobilize Haitians to boost food security

Haiti’s human capital will play a crucial role in the country’s recovery following January’s catastrophic earthquake through food-for-work projects to stimulate the agricultural sector, as part of a new plan unveiled by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today.

Ahead of donors’ meeting on Haiti, Ban calls for more than $11 billion in spending

The “smart” rebuilding of Haiti after January’s earthquake will require some $11.5 billion of spending over the next 10 years, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today ahead of Wednesday’s international donor meeting on the way ahead for the Caribbean country.

UN-backed prize to reward research into Latin American economic development

The United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) is jointly launching a new prize for academics, intellectuals and professionals who conduct research into economic development.

Hundreds of Haitian families moved to first of new campsites – UN

Some 200 Haitian families have been moved into the first of an expected five transitional sites being set up to decongest spontaneous settlements of those left homeless by the 12 January earthquake, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported today.

UN starts work to set up camps for Haiti’s earthquake survivors

Engineers from the United Nations mission in Haiti have started preparing the ground for the establishment of new and better camps to house hundreds of thousands of people left homeless after January’s catastrophic earthquake, the head of UN peacekeeping operations said today.

Haitians plan how to rebuild their society at UNESCO forum

Intellectuals, artists, international experts, social scientists and members of the Haitian diaspora are meeting today at the Paris headquarters of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to develop ideas for how to rebuild Haitian society in the wake of January’s catastrophic earthquake.

El Salvador: UN rights expert hits out against rise in killings of women and girls

Violence against women and girls in El Salvador remains prevalent and pervasive, with the number of murders on the rise and kidnappings, sexual assaults and sexual harassment all too frequent, an independent United Nations human rights expert has warned.