Americas

Caribbean region becomes free of highly enriched uranium – UN atomic watchdog

The United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today announced that Jamaica completed the conversion of its research reactor to low enriched uranium this month, decreasing proliferation risks and making the Caribbean region completely free of highly enriched uranium.

Ceasefire in Colombia would be ‘decisive step toward ending conflict’ – UN

The United Nations welcomes the intention expressed by both the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) to establish a bilateral ceasefire by the end of the year, a spokesperson for the world body said today.

UN agency warns of ‘looming’ refugee crisis as women flee Central America and Mexico

Women in Central America and Mexico are fleeing their countries in rising numbers to escape a surge in deadly, unchecked gang violence, fuelling a looming refugee crisis in the Americas that demands urgent and concerted action by the States of the region, the United Nations refugee agency is warning.

UN General Assembly renews long-standing call for end to US embargo against Cuba

In a near unanimous vote, the 193-member United Nations General Assembly today adopted a resolution renewing its call for an end to the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States against Cuba, while also acknowledging the restoration, after nearly 50 years, of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Ban welcomes next phase of Haiti’s electoral process, set for Sunday

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the next phase of the electoral process in Haiti, which will take place on Sunday with the first round of presidential elections, the second round of legislative elections and the holding of municipal elections.

Security Council renews mandate of UN mission in Haiti, maintains recommended troop levels

The Security Council this morning extended the mandate of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) for one year, until 15 October 2016, at the UN Secretary General’s recommended force levels of up to 2,370 troops and 2,061 police.

In Bolivia, Ban urges action on climate change, says caring for planet is 'moral issue'

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, speaking in Bolivia at the Peoples World Conference on Climate Change and the Defence of Life, said that the subject of the conference was both “important and timely.”

In Peru, UN chief meets with World Bank, highlighting its 'major role' in sustainable development

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighted the important role of the World Bank today in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, noting it could “step up capacity building and the mobilization of resources for sustainable development by drawing on its rich technical expertise.”

‘The stakes are high,’ UN chief tells climate finance meeting in Peru

Stressing that financial resources are central to meeting the goals of the transformative 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Agenda, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said that in order to create a low-carbon, climate-resilient future that benefits everybody, allocating appropriate finance is of key importance.

Haiti taking ‘resolute’ steps towards renewal of democracy and stability – UN envoy

With the holding its first round of elections 9 August this year, to renew the executive legislative and local leadership of the country, Haiti is taking “resolute” steps in renewing its democratic institutions, the top United Nations official for the country told the Security Council today.