Americas

Haiti: mourning 2 blue helmets shot dead by gunmen, UN mission pledges to find killers

As the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) held a solemn memorial in tribute to two Jordanian peacekeepers killed last week by unidentified gunmen, the senior UN envoy to the country vowed to find the perpetrators and bring them to justice.

Security Council expects peaceful Haiti polls, regrets deaths of 2 peacekeepers

Expressing deep regret for the killing last week of two Jordanian United Nations peacekeepers in Haiti, the Security Council today pledged its continued support to the Caribbean country and the UN mission there, while also voicing the expectation that next month’s elections will be peaceful.

Two UN blue helmets fatally injured in Haiti

Two Jordanian soldiers serving with the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) have died from injuries they suffered after being shot at by armed individuals.

Colombia: crisis looms as thousands of civilians caught up in fighting, UN warns

After months of deterioration, the humanitarian situation in parts of southern Colombia has reached a critical stage, with thousands of civilians caught up in fighting or forced to flee, the United Nations refugee agency warned today in its latest alert on a country where more than four decades of conflict have driven 3 million people from their homes.

UN refugee agency applauds Argentina for approving new law protecting rights

The United Nations refugee agency today welcomed Argentina’s recent approval of a refugee law, saying it provides a solid framework for protection of rights, and noting in particular its special provisions for refugee women and children.

General Assembly yet again issues annual call for end to US embargo against Cuba

For the 15th year in a row, the United Nations General Assembly has overwhelmingly called on the United States to end its commercial, economic and financial embargoes against Cuba that began more than 46 years ago.

Ending deadlock, UN Assembly elects Panama as new member of Security Council

Panama today was elected to a two-year term on the United Nations Security Council after being chosen by Latin American and Caribbean nations as a compromise candidate to end the stalemated contest for the seat between Guatemala and Venezuela that had been going on since last month.

Colombia: UN refugee agency voices fresh alarm for civilians caught in armed conflict

Dozens of Afro-Colombian and indigenous communities in Colombia are at risk because of an upsurge in violence, the United Nations refugee agency said today in the latest of a series of recent warnings about the ongoing impact of more than four decades of civil conflict that have already driven 3 million people from their homes.

UNESCO chief condemns shooting death of US cameraman in Mexico

Speaking out once more in defence of freedom of the press as a crucial pillar of democracy, the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today deplored the killing of a United States cameraman in a demonstration in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Panama emerges as compromise candidate to fill last vacant Security Council seat

Panama today emerged as the compromise candidate to fill the last remaining seat on the 15-member United Nations Security Council, breaking more than two weeks and 47 rounds of voting deadlock in the General Assembly that pitted Guatemala against Venezuela to represent the Latin American and Caribbean region.