Americas

UN steps up efforts to contain cholera outbreak in Haiti

With the number of confirmed cholera deaths climbing in Haiti, the United Nations and its partners continue to enhance their operations to contain the outbreak, deploying medicines and medical experts to the impoverished Caribbean nation.

Lauding US efforts against child trafficking, UN expert calls for better protection

Efforts by the United States Government to combat human trafficking have resulted in the dismantling of criminal networks and the arrest and prosecution of those involved in child prostitution, but considerable challenges remain in the protection of victims, a United Nations independent human rights expert said.

‘Significant’ recovery seen in foreign investment in Latin America, the Caribbean – UN

New data released today by the United Nations shows that foreign direct investment (FDI) in Latin America and the Caribbean recovered significantly this year following the decline in 2009 due to the global financial crisis.

UN rights expert voices concern over prison term for Panamanian journalists

The United Nations independent expert on the right to the freedom of opinion and expression today voiced concern over a prison sentence for two Panamanian journalists, who had earlier been acquitted on charges of slander and libel.

UN chief mourns passing of former Argentine leader Néstor Kirchner

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is mourning the death of Néstor Kirchner, the former President of Argentina and a “friend of the United Nations,” who reportedly died of a heart attack this morning.

Haiti: UN health official cautions cholera outbreak not yet contained

A United Nations health official cautioned today that the cholera outbreak in Haiti is not yet contained and stressed the need to continue enhancing treatment, prevention and response preparedness measures even in areas that have not been affected by the epidemic.

UNESCO chief speaks out against murder of Brazilian crime reporter

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with upholding pres freedom today condemned the killing of a respected Brazilian crime reporter who exposed vote rigging, drug trafficking and other illegal activities, calling on authorities to fully investigate his murder.

In annual vote, General Assembly calls for lifting United States embargo against Cuba

For the 19th straight year, the General Assembly today adopted a resolution calling for the lifting of the decades-old economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States against Cuba in the aftermath of the Cold War.

UN and partners step up response to cholera epidemic in Haiti

The spread of the cholera outbreak in Haiti is beginning to slow down, even as humanitarian agencies continue to step up treatment and preventive measures, with the number of cases having risen to more than 3,000, including 254 deaths, the United Nations reported today.

UN agency helps Nicaragua fight hunger

To check rising rural poverty and hunger in Nicaragua, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is helping the country’s Government to support small-scale farmers boost their production of beans, maize, rice and other staple crops.