Americas

UN agency issues a hi-tech roadmap for managing disasters following Caribbean forum

In a region still reeling from the aftermath of the 2005 hurricane season, the most active and destructive in history, United Nations disaster experts and partners meeting in the Caribbean have issued a roadmap on how to use information and communication technologies to improve search-and-rescue missions, medical care and emergency relief.

UN meeting calls for more funding immunization programmes in the Americas

With about one of every three children in Latin America and the Caribbean living in districts underserved for health care, a regional United Nations meeting today called for new funding to ensure immunization at more than 95 per cent in all districts and to meet the target of eliminating rubella and congenital rubella syndrome by 2010.

Inequitable health care rife in the Americas, according to new UN report

Unequal access to services and disparities between rural and urban areas continue to mar the health systems in North and South America and the Caribbean, according to the latest United Nations report on the issue.

International support crucial to solidifying progress in Haiti, official tells UN

Haiti's Government is working to foster stability and economic growth but will require international support to back its efforts, the country's ambassador told the United Nations General Assembly today during its annual debate.

At UN debate, Barbados describes failure of global trade talks as ‘very real crisis’

The failure of the Doha Round of international trade negotiations earlier this year “represents a very real crisis,” Barbados’ Foreign Minister told the General Assembly today as she called on industrialized countries to resolve their differences so that inhabitants of the world’s poorer nations can enjoy a better standard of living.

Colombia: UN concerned as thousands flee new clashes between army and irregulars

The United Nations refugee agency today raised a new alarm over the number of Colombians driven from their homes by clashes between Government forces and irregular armed groups in the north-eastern Catatumbo region of a country where more than four decades of war have already displaced at least 2.5 million people.

Haiti: UN helps refurbish schools in slums where guns once ruled supreme

Books are replacing bullets in some of Haiti’s worst slums where gunmen once ruled the roost, as scores of thousands of youngsters return to school thanks to a joint operation by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and its partners.

Declaring candidacy for Security Council, Venezuela anticipates US opposition

During an address to the United Nations General Assembly, President Hugo Chávez Frías of Venezuela announced his country’s bid for a non-permanent seat on the Security Council and predicted strong opposition from the United States.

UN experts reiterate that torture took place at US detention centre at Guantánamo

Five independent United Nations human rights experts today rejected United States denials that people were tortured at the Guantánamo detention centre, saying that until the Government revised its policies recently, acts of torture were being carried out there.

Europe must offer moral, financial recompense for slave trade, Caribbean leader tells UN

Two centuries after the end of the British trade in African slaves to the Caribbean and the Americas, Europe has failed to apologize or offer any reparations “for this crime against humanity and genocide,” the Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines told the General Assembly today as he urged the United Nations to help provide justice.