Americas

Central America floods crisis only just beginning, warns UN relief official

The humanitarian emergency caused by last month's devastating floods in Central America is only just beginning, a top United Nations relief official said today, warning that the situation could get worse for the estimated 1.2 million people affected without urgent international support.

Senior UN relief official views flood disaster in Nicaragua

With an estimated 1.2 million people in Central America affected by severe floods, the United Nations is mobilizing resources to provide life-saving assistance to those in need, as a senior UN relief official visiting Nicaragua today described the situation in the country as a “real disaster.”

Young people have enormous power to shape better world, Migiro tells students

The events of the past 10 months highlight the enormous power of young people in changing the world, the Deputy Secretary-General has said, calling on this segment of society to help shape a better future.

Haiti: UN peacekeepers support police in efforts to curb crime

United Nations peacekeepers in Haiti and local police officers have carried out a four-day joint operation to target criminals operating in two neighbourhoods of Port-au Prince, the country’s capital.

UN launches appeal to help victims of Nicaraguan floods

The United Nations and Nicaragua launched a flash appeal today for $14.3 million to provide shelter, food, water and sanitation, and agricultural livelihoods to those affected by the floods that have ravaged large parts of the country for the past three weeks.

Top UN envoy urges dialogue as tensions arise from arrest of Haitian lawmaker

The top United Nations envoy to Haiti today voiced his concern about the political tension created by the arrest last night of one of the country’s lawmakers and encouraged dialogue to resolve any differences.

Ban voices concern at impact of floods in meeting with El Salvador’s First Lady

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced his deep concern at the number of lives affected and damage caused by the recent floods in El Salvador as he met with the country’s First Lady.

General Assembly calls again for end to US embargo against Cuba

The General Assembly today renewed its call, for the 20th consecutive year, for an end to the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States against Cuba for the past half century.

UN agencies step up assistance to flood-ravaged El Salvador

United Nations aid agencies are ramping up their efforts to provide shelter, food and health care to El Salvador, which is facing one of the greatest disasters in its history as heavy rains continue to cause severe flooding across Central America.

Paraguay: UN calls for reforms to protect rights of women and indigenous

New laws are urgently needed in Paraguay to protect the rights of minorities, in particular women and indigenous people, a top United Nations human rights official has said, calling on the Government to scale up its efforts to stop discrimination and injustice towards these groups.