Americas

Economic ‘slowdown’ predicted for Latin America and Caribbean in 2015 – UN regional forum

Panama will lead Latin America and the Caribbean countries in economic growth that will average 0.5 per cent in 2015, according to United Nations projections released today, which not that to reverse the region’s economic slowdown, more investments are needed to boost growth and improve productivity.

Dominican Republic: UN experts warn against deportations, racial profiling of people of Haitian descent

United Nations human rights experts today called on the Government of the Dominican Republic to take steps to prevent arbitrary deportations and to adopt measures to address allegations of racial profiling during deportations of people of Haitian descent.

UN experts denounce televised reprisals against human rights defenders in Venezuela

In retaliation for their activities in Venezuela and cooperation with United Nations and regional human rights bodies, a group of UN and Inter-American rights experts has underscored their condemnation at attempts by Venezuela’s State-controlled television to discredit and intimidate rights activists.

UN human rights experts renew calls to visit US to advance criminal justice reforms

Following last week’s unprecedented visit by United States President Barak Obama to a prison in Oklahoma, United Nations independent human rights experts today called on the US Government to facilitate their respective requests to carry out an official visit to the country to advance criminal justice reform.

With Haiti now ‘back on its feet,’ upcoming elections will be critical for future stability – UN officials

Haiti’s imminent elections will look to inaugurate a new period of transparency, democracy and development long yearned for by its citizens, senior United Nations officials told a gathering of the county’s partners during a key meeting held today at UN Headquarters in New York.

UN officials urge continued support for Haiti as country prepares for 'historic' elections

Haiti's impending elections will be an “historic milestone” for the Caribbean country as it continues on its journey toward economic and political recovery, according to two senior United Nations officials.

UNESCO chief denounces murder of Honduran journalists

The Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, today denounced the killing of three journalists in Honduras, reiterating that crimes against media workers cannot be allowed to go unpunished.

Ban welcomes announcement of new measures to de-escalate recent violence in Colombia

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed yesterday’s announcements that the Colombian Government and the FARC-EP plan to institute new measures in de-escalating the fighting in the country and accelerate negotiations towards a peace agreement, the United Nations has confirmed.

AIDS is a 'human rights issue,' Ban declares, launching major new UN report in Barbados

Ending the AIDS epidemic – in all places and all communities – is essential to realizing the vision of a life of dignity for all, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today in Barbados at the Caribbean region launch of a major new United Nations report the calls for scaling up an inclusive, rights-based and stigma-free response to wipe out the deadly disease.

Caribbean States 'lighting path' towards sustainable future, says UN chief in Barbados

This is a year for global action, with international community in the final stretch of preparing a transformative post-2015 agenda for sustainable development that will be agreed in New York in September, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared in Bridgetown, where, two decades ago, the Barbados Programme of Action was adopted to tackle vulnerabilities facing small islands.