Venezuelan Government and opposition should address challenges through dialogue – Ban

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon continues to follow events in Venezuela and is encouraged by the ongoing initiatives by former Heads of State and Government to promote dialogue between the Government of Venezuela and the opposition, under the auspices of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR).

Nuclear technique helps health professionals rapidly detect Zika

Medical professionals from Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa have been trained in a nuclear-derived technique that can quickly detect the Zika virus.

Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) can detect the virus within three hours.

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UN Gender Focus: zika virus, climate change and indigenous languages

Zika virus now in at least 18 countries in Latin America and Caribbean

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Zika virus spreads to 18 countries

A virus that could result in devastating birth defects has now spread to at least 18 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, according to a branch of the World Health Organization.

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Elections important for “normal” parliament in Haiti

Ongoing elections in Haiti are “important” as the Caribbean country has not had a functioning parliament since January.

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Small island developing states detail peace and security woes

The big issues facing small island developing states (SIDS) were the focus of debate in the UN Security Council on Thursday.

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Economic growth predicted at 0.5% in Latin America and Caribbean

Economic growth in Latin America and the Caribbean will average out at half a per cent in 2015, according to  the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).

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Caribbean States 'lighting path' towards sustainable future, says UN chief in Barbados

This is a year for global action, with international community in the final stretch of preparing a transformative post-2015 agenda for sustainable development that will be agreed in New York in September, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared in Bridgetown, where, two decades ago, the Barbados Programme of Action was adopted to tackle vulnerabilities facing small islands.

UN, Caribbean bloc hail strong partnership, highlight shared concerns at biennial meeting

Sustainable development, climate change and security challenges were among the shared concerns highlighted during a two-day meeting between the United Nations system and the regional grouping known as the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), which wrapped up today in New York.

UN committed to addressing most pressing issues in Caribbean countries, says Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today reiterated the commitment of the United Nations to help Caribbean countries tackle some of the most pressing issues in the region, including climate change, organized crime and debt.