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.

UN children’s agency deeply concerned over flooding in Central America

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today warned that life-saving supplies are quickly running out in Honduras, where severe landslides and flooding caused by heavy rains have killed at least 14 people and affected some 130,000 others in recent days.

UNICEF brings relief to hurricane-ravaged Cuba, Turks and Caicos Islands

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) staff in Cuba are rushing to provide clean water and sanitation to the areas hardest hit this week by Hurricane Ike, the fourth deadly tropical storm to batter the Caribbean region with torrential rains and heavy winds within the past month.

UN aid chief urges more coordinated disaster relief in Latin America, Caribbean

Governments across the Latin American and Caribbean region need to ensure that their response systems to humanitarian disasters work in greater harmony both with each other and with international relief efforts, according to the top United Nations aid official.

Ban Ki-moon pledges UN support to boost disaster preparedness in Caribbean

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today commended efforts to foster a single Caribbean market while pledging the commitment of the United Nations to mitigating the effects of climate change in the region.

UN agency issues a hi-tech roadmap for managing disasters following Caribbean forum

In a region still reeling from the aftermath of the 2005 hurricane season, the most active and destructive in history, United Nations disaster experts and partners meeting in the Caribbean have issued a roadmap on how to use information and communication technologies to improve search-and-rescue missions, medical care and emergency relief.

Caribbean countries can benefit from their high migration, UN regional body says

Caribbean countries, with one of the highest net-migration rates in the world, may benefit from this movement by establishing “brain gain” networks for its diaspora and providing health and education services for foreigners, the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) says in a new report.

UN, Caribbean bloc work out regional assistance needs

In a two-day meeting between the United Nations and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the regional body called for assistance with protecting intellectual property rights, coordinating agricultural policies with global policies and building local capacities for combating small arms smuggling.

UN fund for fighting hunger launches first project in Caribbean

A United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) fund for increasing resources to fight hunger today launched its first technical cooperation project to promote food security in the Caribbean.

UN agency highlights plight of 54 million hungry people in Latin America and Caribbean

The head of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today called for urgent attention to the plight of 54 million hungry people in Latin America and the Caribbean.