Americas

Many children in Guatemala still facing sexual exploitation, forced labour – UN expert

In spite of protection measures by the Guatemalan Government, many children are still victims of sexual exploitation and forced labour, a United Nations independent expert warned today.

In wake of Tropical Storm Isaac, UN steps up Haiti humanitarian response

Humanitarian efforts are underway in Haiti following the torrential rains and blustery winds that battered the country over the weekend as Tropical Storm Isaac swept across the nation, the United Nations said today.

UN chief gathers with fellow alumni of Red Cross study trip for 50-year reunion

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday gathered in Washington, D. C. with friends he made half a century ago during their visit to the United States, which was organized by the American Red Cross and which inspired him to pursue a life of public service.

UN regional emergency teams on standby to assist Caribbean nations hit by tropical storm

As tropical storm Isaac nears landfall in the Caribbean, regional emergency teams are ready to be deployed in Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Cuba in the event of any contingencies, the United Nations food relief agency said today.

Despite progress, Chile still faces challenges with enforced disappearances – UN experts

While progress has been made investigating and prosecuting enforced disappearances in Chile, challenges remain to ensure perpetrators serve their sentences, a group of United Nations independent experts said today.

UN human rights expert calls on US to consult with indigenous people over land sale

A United Nations independent expert today called on the United States Government and authorities in the state of South Dakota to start consultations with indigenous people on a land sale that will affect a site of spiritual significance to them.

UN expert calls on Colombia to further dialogue with indigenous people in Cauca state

A United Nations independent expert today called on the Government of Colombia to advance the dialogue process with indigenous authorities in the state of Cauca to find a solution to the recent military presence in their territory and other related matters.

Caribbean countries encouraged to use UN programme to help firms cut through red tape

A major regional body, Association of Caribbean States (ACS) today encouraged its member countries to adopt a United Nations programme which would help them streamline trade and increase transparency in business procedures.