Americas

Judicial system in El Salvador must remain independent – UN expert

A United Nations expert today urged El Salvador to ensure the independence of its judicial system and comply with its decisions to avoid a constitutional crisis such as the one it experienced earlier this year.

UN human rights office concerned over Colombia’s military justice reform bid

Expressing “serious concern” over a constitutional reform measure affecting Colombia’s military justice system, the United Nations human rights office today called on the country’s President and the President of the Congress to reconsider their support for the bid, which could undermine efforts to bring perpetrators of alleged war crimes to justice.

Investments key for long-term resilience, rebuilding agriculture in Haiti – UN agency

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has stressed that investments are crucial to help rehabilitate Haiti’s agricultural sector in the wake of various natural disasters this year that caused colossal damage to the farming and fishing industries.

UNESCO chief urges investigation into murder of Mexican journalist

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today condemned the murder of Mexican crime reporter and called for an investigation into the attacked that killed him and a former municipal police officer.

Ban welcomes progress made on territorial dispute between Belize and Guatemala

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon salutes the progress made by Belize and Guatemala under the auspices of the Organization of American States to resolve their longstanding territorial dispute, according to his spokesperson.

Panamanian jazz composer Danilo Pérez to become UN Artist for Peace

The United Nations agency tasked with conserving and promoting humanity’s cultural heritage today announced its move to appoint renowned Panamanian pianist and jazz composer Danilo Pérez as an Artist for Peace for his efforts to promote music programmes for children living in extreme poverty in his country.

UN court rules Colombia has sovereignty over islands claimed by Nicaragua

The principal judicial organ of the United Nations, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), today ruled that Colombia, and not Nicaragua, has sovereignty over seven disputed islands in the Caribbean Sea.

Haiti: UN warns 1.5 million people could remain at risk of food insecurity in 2013

The United Nations food relief agency today warned that more than 1.5 million Haitians could remain at risk of food insecurity well into 2013 if they do not receive adequate assistance to recover from a series of natural disasters that have hit the country over the past six months, including a drought, Tropical Storm Isaac and Hurricane Sandy.

General Assembly renews call for end to US embargo against Cuba

For the 21st consecutive year at the United Nations, the General Assembly today adopted a resolution calling for an end to the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States against Cuba.

UN and Haitian Government seek close to $40 million for aid in wake of Hurricane Sandy

The United Nations and the Government of Haiti are seeking close to $40 million in extra funding for humanitarian needs in the Caribbean nation in the wake of the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy.