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Reported cholera cases in Haiti rise to 72,000 – UN agency

The number of reported cases of cholera in Haiti has risen to just over 72,000, including 1,648 deaths, the United Nations health agency said today, noting that fewer deaths are now being recorded than earlier in the epidemic, which erupted in late October.

Poverty in Latin America returns to pre-crisis levels, UN report finds

The number of poor people in Latin America will fall this year to 180 million – the pre-crisis levels seen in 2008 – thanks to robust economic recovery in most of the countries of the region, says a United Nations report released today.

UN climate change talks open in Cancún with call for balanced, concrete outcome

The United Nations Climate Change Conference opened today in Cancún, Mexico, with the world body’s top official on the issue calling for a balanced and concrete outcome to meet one of today’s biggest challenges.

Haiti: Ban warns electoral unrest could impede efforts to fight cholera epidemic

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for a speedy solution to the political crisis in Haiti after yesterday’s first round of elections, warning that worsening security would hamper efforts to fight the cholera epidemic in a country already devastated by January’s earthquake.

UN says it will not comment on authenticity of WikiLeaks documents

The United Nations said today it is not in a position to comment on the authenticity of the document disclosed by the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks on information-gathering activities on UN officials and activities.

Haiti: going to vote will not spread cholera, UN says as efforts mount to stem disease

Going forward with elections in Haiti this Sunday is not expected to increase the spread of cholera, a top official at the regional arm of the United Nations health agency has said, while adding that cases of the epidemic have now been confirmed in all 10 of the country’s departments, or administrative regions.

Haiti cholera outbreak needs stronger response, top UN relief official stresses

The top United Nations humanitarian official has stressed the need for a much stronger international and national response to the cholera epidemic in Haiti during a visit to the Caribbean nation.

Haiti's cholera cases approach 50,000 as preparations for polls continue – UN

The number of reported cases of cholera in Haiti is now approaching 50,000, but health experts have cautioned that the figure could be higher because data on the epidemic has not been received from some rural communities, a United Nations relief official said today.

Relief work resumes in Haitian city after riots, UN humanitarian office reports

The Haitian city of Cap Haïtien is now calm after several days of riots linked to the cholera outbreak in the Caribbean country, and two United Nations agencies have resumed relief operations in the city, the world body’s humanitarian arm reported today.

UN official stresses role of information technology for development at Lima forum

Information and communications technology (ICT) has a vital role to play in advancing economic development, a senior United Nations official told the opening of a regional conference in Lima, Peru, today.