Haiti: UN and authorities seek $74 million to help farm sector recover from Hurricane Sandy

The United Nations food agency and the Haitian Government are seeking to raise $74 million over the next 12 months to help the country’s agricultural sector recover from the impact of Hurricane Sandy, which hit the Caribbean nation two weeks ago.

UN relief agency estimates 1.8 million Haitians have been affected by Hurricane Sandy

Some 1.8 million Haitians have been affected by Hurricane Sandy, the United Nations relief agency said today after its first assessment of the situation in the region, adding that food security remains an urgent concern in the Caribbean nation.

Food insecurity major concern after Hurricane Sandy strikes Haiti – UN official

A senior United Nations humanitarian official said today that over a million people in Haiti are facing food insecurity as a result of the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, which ploughed through the Caribbean nation before wreaking havoc along the east coast of the United States earlier this week.

Secretary-General offers condolences in wake of death and damage caused by Hurricane Sandy

Pledging the full support of the United Nations in rebuilding efforts, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon offers his condolences to the millions of people who have been severely affected by Hurricane Sandy – above all those who lost loved ones or their homes across a wide arc of destruction encompassing the United States and the Caribbean region, his spokesperson said today.

UN food agency mourns death of US Senator who was ‘tireless advocate of world’s hungry’

The United Nations food agency today paid tribute to former United States Senator George McGovern who died on Sunday at the age of 90, praising his efforts to combat hunger in his own country as well as abroad.

UN independent experts urge Colombia to reconsider proposed criminal law for military

A group of United Nations independent human rights experts today called on Colombian authorities to revisit the military criminal law provisions of proposed constitutional reforms, warning they could have serious implications for the rule of law, violate international law, and reverse the Latin American nation’s achievements in advancing respect for human rights.

Ban congratulates Argentine Foreign Minister on Security Council seat

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today met with Argentine Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman and congratulated Argentina on its accession to the Security Council for the 2013 – 2014 session.

At dedication of memorial, UN chief lauds Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s global vision

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today paid tribute to a key figure in the formation of the United Nations, United States wartime President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who died just months before seeing his dream come true 67 years ago but whose global vision surmounting national boundaries still guides the world body.

UN and Brazil sign $20 million agreement to help cotton farmers in developing countries

A $20 million agreement signed today by the United Nations and Brazil will seek to transfer the expertise of the South American country to support cotton farmers in developing economies.

Security Council extends mandate of UN peacekeepers in Haiti for another year

The Security Council today extended the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti for another year, and decided to reduce the overall force levels as responsibility for security is gradually handed over to the national police.