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Zika could end up costing Latin America and the Caribbean up to $18 billion, UN report finds

In addition to the impact on public health, the tangible impact of the Zika outbreak, such as on gross domestic product (GDP), could cost the Latin American and the Caribbean region as much as $18 billion between 2015 and 2017, a new United Nations report has revealed.

Building solid foundation for peace in Colombia needs 'consistent vigilance' – UN envoy

While the first phase in implementing the recently agreed peace deal between the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP) remains largely on track, the “relatively short window of opportunity” to build a solid foundation for peace requires consistent vigilance, the United Nations envoy in that country told the Security Council today.

Weather, existing socio-economic factors compounded Colombian landslide tragedy – UN agency

Very heavy rainfall triggered the landslides that hit Colombia over the weekend, but “exceptional” level of rains were not the sole cause, the United Nations weather agency said today, noting that many other factors, such as loss of forest cover, added to the devastation.

UN supporting Colombian authorities to aid landslide-effected community

The United Nations humanitarian community is working closely with Colombian authorities as Government-led search-and-rescue efforts are underway in the country’s Putamayo province after deadly landslides over the weekend.

UN agency dispatches 3.5 million doses of yellow fever vaccine to counter outbreak in Brazil

In response to the yellow fever outbreak on-going in Brazil, some 3.5 million doses of vaccine from the emergency stockpile were deployed to the country through a United Nations-backed coordination mechanism, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Colombia: UN receives 7,000 weapons from FARC-EP as hunt for hidden caches continues

The United Nations Mission in Colombia is set to register some 7,000 weapons this weekend, but the search for other caches of weapons hidden by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP) continues, the Mission’s chief has said.

UNESCO chief condemns killing of Mexican reporter in Chihuahua

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today denounced the killing of journalist Miroslava Breach Velducea in the capital of northern Mexican state Chihuahua on 23 March 2017.

Environmental recovery key to post-conflict development in Colombia – UN agency

Concluding a mission to Colombia, a multi-disciplinary team of United Nations environment experts have highlighted that the country has a unique opportunity to promote sustainable and resilient livelihoods in which the nature serves as the foundation for long-lasting peace.

Following visit to Haiti, UN expert urges more aid for Hurricane Matthew victims

An independent United Nations expert on human rights today welcomed the recent completion of the electoral process as “remarkable progress” for the island nation, while he also urged the authorities to address the situation in prisons, and redouble efforts to help Haitians affected by Hurricane Matthew and the 2010 earthquake.

Colombian fighting displaced more than 900 families since January - UN agency

Despite a peace agreement, ongoing fighting in the Colombian Pacific Coast has displaced more than 3,500 people so far this year – many of them from the Afro-Colombian or indigenous communities, the United Nations refugee agency today announced.