Americas

While hailing US rights traditions, UN expert voices concern at anti-terror steps

Affirming the continuing leadership role of the United States in security and human rights, an independent United Nations expert has criticized some measures taken by the country to fight terrorism, after completing a ten-day fact finding visit.

Security Council backs joint UN-Haitian efforts against gang violence

Endorsing the recent efforts of the Haitian Government and the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the impoverished Caribbean country to tackle gang violence and reform the national police, the Security Council today called for further measures to improve the justice system.

Murder of Brazilian journalist deplored by UNESCO chief

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending freedom of the press today condemned the murder of a Brazilian journalist who was gunned down earlier this month by unidentified men.

Award-winning singer Sheryl Crow supports UN food agency

Sheryl Crow, a Grammy-winning singer-songwriter from the United States, is throwing her support behind the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) after watching its Ambassador, actress Drew Barrymore, discuss child hunger, the agency said today.

Development in Central America stymied by crime and drugs, UN warns

Central America is beleaguered by violent crime, much of it fuelled by drugs, which is thwarting economic development, according to a new report by the United Nations anti-narcotics agency released today.

UN condemns murder of Haitian journalist Alix Joseph

The United Nations mission in Haiti today condemned the assassination of radio journalist Alix Joseph, vowing to help the authorities find the perpetrators.

UNESCO chief condemns murder of Guatemalan journalist

The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has condemned the murder of Mario Rolando López Sánchez, a producer for the Guatemalan station Radio Sonora.

UN disaster officials begin aid assessments in flood-ravaged Uruguay

United Nations disaster assessment officials are on the ground in Uruguay, determining what aid is needed to help the thousands of people forced to flee their homes after the worst floods to strike the country in almost half a century.

UN refugee agency unveils daring awareness campaign in Canada

The United Nations refugee agency is running a provocative international advertising campaign that employs shock tactics to raise awareness about its work and drum up public support for those who have been forced to flee their homes.

UN Headquarters refurbishment aims to meet ‘green’ standards – official

The senior United Nations management official today said a planned $1.9 billion refurbishment of the Organization’s dilapidated Headquarters complex will aim to meet or even exceed environmental standards.