UN rights chief urges Barbados to address domestic violence and discrimination

The United Nations human rights chief today urged Barbados to adopt more effective legislation measures to combat discrimination and domestic and sexual violence in the country, adding that an attitudinal change is needed in society as a whole to tackle these issues.

Criminal violence taking rising toll in Caribbean countries, UN report finds

An increasing crime rate is threatening economies and livelihoods in Caribbean countries, states a new United Nations report that calls for the right mix of policies and programmes to tackle the problem.

UN help needed to curb youth violence, Saint Kitts and Nevis says

Youth violence has reached epidemic levels in the Caribbean, a top official from Saint Kitts and Nevis said today, urging United Nations agencies to help the region’s countries curtail the growing problem.

Latin American and Caribbean exports drop 24 per cent in 2009, UN reports

The value of total exports from Latin America and the Caribbean in 2009 fell 24 per cent compared to the previous year due to the global economic crisis, according to a new United Nations study released today.

Global economic turmoil has cemented bonds between poorer nations, UN hears

The strengthening of ties between developing countries has been one of the few positive consequences of the global economic meltdown, the leaders of two Caribbean nations told the General Assembly today.

Climate and economic crises taking heavy toll on Caribbean, leaders tell UN

While climate change and the global economic crisis are a challenge for all, they are particularly difficult for the small, island nations of the Caribbean, several leaders from the region told the United Nations General Assembly today.

Rule of law focus of UN-backed training in Caribbean

The United Nations has helped train nearly 90 officials of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) nations on the consolidation and advancement of the rule of law, a top priority of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

UN-Caribbean partnership crucial amid today’s crises, says Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has hailed the collaboration between the United Nations and the countries of the Caribbean in tackling the various crises impacting the region and the world at large, including the global financial turmoil and climate change.

Regional action against crime crucial for stability in Haiti, UN mission chief says

For lasting stability in Haiti, neighbouring countries must help foil trans-national crime through the sharing of information, patrolling, and coordinated operations, according to the head of the United Nations mission in that country (MINUSTAH).

Drug trade, violent crime threatening Caribbean nations, says Ban

Despite the Caribbean region’s natural assets, it is beset by ills such as drug trafficking and violent crime, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.