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UN-supported vaccination drive targets thousands of Haitian children

An estimated 60,000 Haitian children under the age of five will receive life-saving vaccinations in a major immunization campaign that kicks off in the Caribbean country on Saturday, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) announced today.

Haiti can get back on its feet with the right support, UN envoy says

The coming year will be a very challenging one for Haiti as it seeks to recover and rebuild from January’s tragic earthquake, but with the right international support the country can embark on a new era of stability and growth, the top United Nations official there said today.

Secretary-General requests rapid boosting of Haitian mission’s technical capacity

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the Security Council to endorse a rapid strengthening of the technical capacity of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) to enable it provide better support to recovery efforts following January’s earthquake in the Caribbean island nation.

UN agency forgives debt owed by disaster-hit Haiti

The United Nations agency tasked with reducing rural poverty announced today that it has approved a debt-relief package for disaster-stricken Haiti in a bid to help the country get back on its feet after the calamitous earthquake that struck the Caribbean island nation in January.

UN and partners launch online tool to monitor funds for Haiti’s reconstruction

The United Nations and the Haitian Government have launched an online portal to promote the efficient use of the more than $9 billion pledged by donors to help the country recover from January’s devastating earthquake.

UNESCO chief condemns sixth murder of journalist in Honduras in 2010

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with upholding press freedom today condemned the murder of a journalist in Honduras, the sixth media professional slain in the Central American nation so far this year.

New UN envoy appointed to help resolve Guyana-Venezuela border controversy

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed a respected diplomat, academic and economist from Jamaica to assist Guyana and Venezuela in resolving a long-standing border controversy.

Haiti: UN agency ramping up food aid ahead of upcoming rains, hurricane season

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is ramping up its assistance in Haiti, pre-positioning rations and distributing meals to those displaced by January’s earthquake ahead of the approaching rains and the upcoming hurricane season.

UN-backed war on impunity in Guatemala should be strengthened – commission head

A United Nations-backed body seeking to end the impunity of illegal security groups that violate human rights in Guatemala has been successful and its mandate should be extended and strengthened to cover corruption and organized crime, its head said today.

Uruguayan mill can operate despite breach of treaty, UN World Court rules

A pulp mill at the centre of an environmental dispute between Uruguay and neighbouring Argentina can stay open even though Uruguay breached a treaty between the two countries by constructing it, the United Nations International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled today.