Americas

Ecuador: UN food agency to provide assistance to victims of Tungurahua volcano

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today that it will distribute rations among 25,000 people that were evacuated in the Andean region after the Tungurahua volcano erupted earlier this month affecting more than 100,000 people affected in six provinces of Ecuador.

New UN guide helps Latin American farmers prevent avian influenza

In order to help prevent a possible outbreak of avian flu in Latin America and the Caribbean and raise public awareness of the threat posed by the disease, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has published a new handbook for the region’s small-scale poultry farmers.

In wake of volcanic eruption in Ecuador, UN agencies provide humanitarian aid

Several United Nations agencies are stepping in to provide relief assistance to Ecuador after last week’s deadly volcanic eruption in the central part of the Andean country.

UN agency condemns murder of newspaper employees in Guyana

Continuing his campaign to spotlight threats to press freedom worldwide, the Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today condemned the murder of four employees at a newspaper in Guyana.

UNESCO chief condemns murder of Colombian radio journalist

As part of his continued campaign to focus attention on threats to press freedom worldwide, the Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today condemned the killing of a radio journalist in Colombia.

UNESCO chief condemns murder of Mexican magazine editor

Continuing his campaign to draw the world’s attention to threats against freedom of the press, the Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today condemned the killing of the editor of a Mexican magazine.

Stressing crime prevention, Security Council extends UN mission in Haiti by 6 months

Calling on the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) to step up its efforts to prevent crime and reduce violence in the impoverished Caribbean country, the Security Council today extended the mission’s mandate by another six months.

With end of AIDS ‘nowhere in sight,’ UN official urges Toronto meeting to look ahead

As scientists, world leaders, activists and others gather in Toronto for the XVI International AIDS conference, the head of the UN agency responding to the disease today said it is time to move the world’s response to the epidemic to the next level by expanding the current crisis management model into a sustainable response plan that looks to the next 25 years and beyond.

Colombia: UN agency calls for investigation into murder of 5 indigenous people

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is calling for a thorough investigation into the murders of five Awá indigenous people in Colombia on Wednesday – a attack which directly followed the agency’s appeal to warring parties to leave those groups out of their conflict.

UNICEF and partner organizations to grant official identity to unregistered children

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is working with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Organization of American States (OAS) to help ensure free, timely, universal birth registration for children in Latin America and the Caribbean by 2015.