Americas

Ban appoints Dutch national to head UN humanitarian coordination in Haiti

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Peter de Clercq of the Netherlands to the top United Nations humanitarian coordination position in Haiti.

Colombia grew less coca in 2012, UN survey reports

Coca cultivation in Colombia, one of the world's largest producers along with Bolivia and Peru, fell by a quarter in 2012, according to a new survey presented today by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Government.

Coca crop cultivation declines for second straight year in Bolivia – UN report

Coca crop cultivation continued to decline in Bolivia for a second straight year in 2012, according to a new survey presented today by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Government.

In meeting with UN chief, South American nations voice concern at spying allegations

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today met with a group of South American foreign ministers who voiced their concern to the United Nations chief about reported large-scale surveillance programmes.

Condemning murder of Colombian radio journalist, UNESCO chief urges investigation

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today called for an investigation into the death of Colombian radio journalist gunned down on his way to work.

UN anti-narcotics panel urges Uruguay to reconsider draft law on cannabis sale

The independent United Nations body tasked with monitoring the production and consumption of narcotics worldwide today urged Uruguay to review a draft law that would permit the sale of cannabis for non-medical use.