Americas

UN chief welcomes start of Church-mediated national dialogue in Nicaragua

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed the start of a national dialogue in Nicaragua between civic groups and the government, following deadly clashes between security forces and people protesting the country’s planned social security reforms.

UN warns of ‘deteriorating climate’ for human rights defenders in Guatemala

It’s becoming increasingly dangerous to defend the rights of indigenous people in Guatemala, the United Nations human rights office warned on Friday, following the murder of three activists over the past 10 days.

Ensure independent investigations into Nicaragua protest deaths – UN rights office

The United Nations human rights arm has called for investigations into all acts of violence in Nicaragua, where scores of people – the majority of them students – have been killed in protests that began in mid-April.

In Cuba, UN chief stresses Latin America’s courageous ‘development vision’

The United Nations chief on Tuesday highlighted the central role he hopes Latin America and the Caribbean region will play in ensuring “fair globalization” that leaves no one behind.

Colombia: UN food relief agency seeks urgent funds to help 350,000 Venezuelan migrants

The United Nations emergency food relief agency has issued an urgent appeal for nearly $46 million to feed some 350,000 impoverished migrants who crossed the border from Venezuela into Colombia, as well as host communities with pre-existing vulnerabilities.

UN-backed programme logs record high cocaine seizures at seaports in Latin America and the Caribbean

UN-trained law enforcement units have intercepted huge shipments of illegal drugs being trafficked through seaports this year, including 2.8 tons of cocaine at Brazil’s Port Santos, the largest such seizure in the port’s history

Nicaragua: UN chief calls on all sides to exercise restraint in wake of protests

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has expressed his concern about the casualties in recent protests in Nicaragua, and called for restraint on all sides.

UN chief condemns abduction and killing of media workers near Ecuador-Colombia border

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned the kidnapping and killing of three media workers near the border between Ecuador and Colombia, confirmed on 13 April, as well as the subsequent kidnapping of two other Ecuadorian nationals.

UN Mission chief calls Colombia’s congressional elections ‘a clear step forward’ in peace process

In a milestone exercise that “transited the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP) from weapons to politics,” last month’s congressional elections drew millions of Colombians to the polls amid a trend towards a reduction of electoral violence, the senior-most United Nations official in the country said on Thursday

UN migration agency rolls out regional response to ongoing Venezuelans exodus

The United Nations migration agency on Tuesday launched a regional action plan to bolster its response to massive population outflows from Venezuela, amid the worsening political and socioeconomic situation in the South American country.