Americas

Suspicious material found in UN office not harmful, US authorities conclude

United States authorities have determined that the potentially hazardous substances removed from the New York office of the United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) last month pose no threat.

UN actions to end Darfur ‘genocide’ too little, too late – Saint Vincent leader

The killings and violence that have engulfed the Sudanese region of Darfur for the past four years constitute genocide, the Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines told the General Assembly today, calling the planned hybrid United Nations-African Union peacekeeping force insufficient and too late.

Colombia hails UN help in assisting displaced persons, fighting drug trade

The President of Colombia today lauded help the country has received from the United Nations in combating drug trafficking, promoting labour rights and assisting displaced persons.

Guatemala hails ‘unprecedented collaboration’ with UN on armed groups probe

The independent body being set up to investigate the presence and activities of illegal armed groups in Guatemala represents a unique joint effort between the United Nations and a Member State, the country’s President told the General Assembly today.

UNESCO chief condemns murder of Salvadoran journalist

The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today condemned the murder of Salvadoran radio reporter Salvador Sánchez Roque who was shot dead on 20 September, calling the act an assault on the Central American nation’s freedom of expression.

UN-backed global drive to slash maternal and child deaths kicks off

From public rallies in various locations in New York to a meeting of women leaders at the United Nations, Governments and organizations are uniting to launch a new global and unprecedented drive today to slash maternal and child deaths.

Haiti’s president credits UN peacekeeping mission with helping to foster stability

The President of Haiti today credited the United Nations Stabilization Mission in his country (MINUSTAH) with promoting stability in the country and said recent gains will be consolidated into a more secure future for its people.

Non-Aligned countries seek ‘more democratic and transparent’ UN – Cuba

The Foreign Minister of Cuba, which chairs the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), today called for improvements in the work of the United Nations to make it more transparent and democratic.

Global anti-poverty targets insufficient to meet needs, Ecuador's president says

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of global anti-poverty targets adopted by the United Nations in 2000, serve only as a minimum standard and even if achieved would not approach decent living conditions, the President of Ecuador said today.

Bolivia's president asks UN to convene World Conference on Indigenous Peoples

The President of Bolivia today called for the United Nations to convene a world conference on indigenous peoples to foster a new approach to economic relations based on an appreciation of natural resources and not their exploitation.