Americas

More UN blue helmets arrive to protect Haitians from criminal gangs

The first of 350 Nepalese soldiers, all of whom are expected to be deployed by early March, began arriving in Haiti this week to participate in the United Nations peacekeeping mission known as MINUSTAH.

UN envoy calls on Haitians to seize ‘window of opportunity’

Haiti has made solid progress in rebuilding its economy and restoring the rule of law but serious obstacles remain in the country, the head of the United Nations peacekeeping operation there said today.

UN provides technical and humanitarian assistance in wake of severe floods in Peru

Major floods which have killed at least 16 people and affected 46,000 others in northeastern Peru have prompted United Nations agencies to send in logistical and humanitarian support.

In notorious area of Haitian capital, UN troops clear house used by gang members

United Nations peacekeepers launched an operation early this morning in Cité Soleil, an inner-city neighbourhood of the capital Port-au-Prince, to occupy a house that had continually been used by armed gangs to conduct criminal activities and to fire on UN troops patrolling the area.

Colombia: UN refugee agency pledges aid to partner whose premises burned down

The United Nations refugee agency today pledged funding and other aid to one of its key partners in Colombia whose premises were burned down over the weekend, apparently in an arson attack.

El Salvador: small farmers receive boost from UN rural development arm

The United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is providing funding to a $22.2 million project to allow more than 70,000 rural poor in eastern El Salvador to transition their small-scale farms into businesses.

UN court turns down Uruguayan request to order Argentina to end blockade

The United Nations International Court of Justice (ICJ) today rejected Uruguay’s request to force Argentina to prevent or end citizen-led blockades of their mutual border that have emerged during the dispute between the two nations over the construction of two Uruguayan pulp mills.

UN rushes urgently-needed aid to flood-ravaged Bolivians

The United Nations is sending in food and providing logistical support to approximately 8,000 Bolivian families – or 40,000 people – affected by severe floods and landslides.

UN refugee agency opens more offices in Colombia to cope with 3 million displaced

The United Nations refugee agency is opening two more field offices in Colombia, the country with the largest population of concern to the agency, to help cope with the crisis facing some 3 million people driven from their homes by more than 40 years of fighting between the Government, leftist rebels and right-wing paramilitaries.

UN expert to visit US to discuss respect for human rights in war on terrorism

An independent United Nations expert on safeguarding human rights while fighting terrorism is to visit the United States this spring at the invitation of its Government for wide-ranging discussions to help ensure that US counter-terrorism laws and practices respect human rights and fundamental freedoms.