Americas

Invasive species and tourism threaten Galapagos Islands, UN team confirms

After a fact-finding mission to the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador, a team from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today confirmed serious threats to the World Heritage site caused by encroachment by invasive species, uncontrolled tourism and other challenges, as it also welcomed measures to deal with these threats put forward by the country’s President.

UNESCO chief condemns killing of Mexican journalist Amado Ramirez

The Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today condemned the killing of Amado Ramirez, the Acapulco correspondent of Mexico’s Televisa broadcasting network who was shot in the back earlier this month.

More Chinese police arrive to serve with UN Mission in Haiti

The United Nations Mission for the Stabilization of Haiti (MINUSTAH) today announced the arrival of nearly 100 Chinese officers, including seven women, who are serving with a Formed Police Unit (FPU) in the Caribbean country.

UN expands fight against potentially fatal Chagas disease that affects millions

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) is joining forces with Bayer HealthCare to expand global efforts aimed at eliminating Chagas, a parasitic disease that affects an estimated 9 million people, mostly children, and which causes the slow swelling of victims’ internal organs and is fatal to around a third of those infected.

Race to North Pole begins with British pair aiming to raise funds for UN refugee agency

A 640 kilometre race to the North Pole kicked off this week from the last inhabited outpost in northern Canada, with a pair of British adventurers seeking to raise almost $500,000 for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Colombia: as thousands flee fighting, UN refugee agency voices concern for civilians

As thousands have fled their homes in the Nariño region in southern Colombia to escape fighting between the Government and rebel forces, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today called for the protection of civilians and urged authorities to provide assistance to those affected.

UN mission to support holding of Haitian local elections later this month

The United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) has announced plans to provide security and logistical support to the Caribbean country’s Provisional Electoral Commission when it holds local mayoral and municipal elections later this month.

Haitian gang leader captured in joint raid involving UN peacekeepers

United Nations peacekeepers and Haitian National Police (HNP) officers today captured a notorious gang leader during an early morning raid in the capital, Port-au-Prince, part of their joint efforts to crack down on violent crime in the impoverished Caribbean country.

UN project in Haiti boosts, diversifies local agricultural production, officials say

A United Nations-backed project is helping local communities in north-eastern Haiti to increase and diversify their agricultural production and reducing poverty in the process, officials involved in the initiative have said.