Americas

UN envoy calls for repatriation of last child soldier held in Guantánamo

A top United Nations official has renewed her call on Canada and the United States to transfer Omar Khadr, who has spent a decade at the US detention facility at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, as of today, and is the last child soldier still being held there.

Overall picture of coca cultivation in Colombia remains stable – UN agency

The area used to cultivate coca in Colombia has risen three per cent in 2011 over the previous year, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), which added that the overall picture remained stable for the raw material used to produce the illegal drug cocaine.

UN expert urges US authorities to stop execution of two persons with disabilities

An independent United Nations human rights expert has urged United States authorities to stop the execution of two people with psychosocial disabilities who are scheduled to be put to death tomorrow in the states of Georgia and Texas.

UN voices concern over thousands of Haitians fleeing country by sea

The United Nations refugee agency today voiced concern over the number of people from Haiti and other Caribbean countries who have risked their lives trying to escape by sea from difficult living situations in their homelands.

Feature: UN official sees first-hand New York community’s response to drug abuse

Upper Manhattan is not the usual stomping ground for the head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the part of the UN charged with helping in global efforts against illicit drugs, crime and terrorism.