Americas

Peru: UN agency helps 80,000 earthquake survivors to rebuild their lives

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is carrying out a project to help some 80,000 people in Peru affected by an earthquake which caused widespread death and destruction there in August.

UN experts find ‘profound and entrenched’ racial bias in Dominican Republic

Two independent United Nations human rights experts have called on the Dominican Republic to combat what they describe as a “profound and entrenched problem of racism and discrimination” against blacks in general – and Haitians in particular – in the Central American nation.

UN once again calls for end to United States embargo against Cuba

The United Nations General Assembly today once again urged an end to the commercial, economic and financial embargoes imposed on Cuba by the United States for nearly half a century.

6 displaced men killed by armed groups in Colombia, UN refugee agency reports

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today raised the alarm about conditions in the Chocó region on Colombia's Pacific coast, where six displaced Afro-Colombian men were killed last week by members of an irregular armed group.

New UN-backed website provides vital humanitarian information in Spanish

A new website will provide Spanish-speakers with easy access to information on natural disasters and complex emergencies in the Latin American and Caribbean region previously available only in English, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today.

UN joins relief effort after western Nicaragua hit by floods, landslides

United Nations humanitarian agencies are helping with relief efforts in Nicaragua, where heavy rain over the past 12 days has brought flooding and landslides and devastated cropland and vital infrastructure across the country’s west.

UN food agency rushes aid to flood-hit families in Guatemala

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is helping more than a thousand families affected by recent floods in Guatemala.

Ban Ki-moon urges greater efforts to tackle ‘silent crisis’ of safe water for all

Unveiling a new exhibit at United Nations Headquarters highlighting one of the earth’s most precious resources, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for greater efforts to ensure the most basic of human needs – safe water.

Ban Ki-moon proposes expediting Headquarters renovation project

Citing the need to make up for lost time and move ahead with renovating the United Nations Headquarters complex in New York, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has proposed a revised strategy that is “less risky, less expensive and faster” in the long run than the current seven-year, $1.9 billion plan.

Haiti: UN peacekeepers rebuild school in troubled neighbourhood of capital

More than 1,500 children in one of the most troubled neighbourhoods of Haiti’s capital are attending classes again after soldiers serving with the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) helped to renovate a school building that had been left unusable by the violent activities of armed gangs.