Colombia

News in Brief 7 April 2017 (PM)

‘Violent attack’ in Stockholm condemned by the UN chief

The UN has strongly condemned the “violent attack” that took place in the Swedish capital of Stockholm on Friday.

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UN agencies in Colombia stepping up response efforts in aftermath of devastating landslides

Responding to the devastating landslides in Colombia's Mocoa municipality that have claimed at least 300 lives, left more than 370 missing, and destroyed hospitals and infrastructure, United Nations relief agencies have stepped up their response to alleviate humanitarian suffering among the affected people.

Building solid foundation for peace in Colombia needs 'consistent vigilance' – UN envoy

While the first phase in implementing the recently agreed peace deal between the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP) remains largely on track, the “relatively short window of opportunity” to build a solid foundation for peace requires consistent vigilance, the United Nations envoy in that country told the Security Council today.

Weather, existing socio-economic factors compounded Colombian landslide tragedy – UN agency

Very heavy rainfall triggered the landslides that hit Colombia over the weekend, but “exceptional” level of rains were not the sole cause, the United Nations weather agency said today, noting that many other factors, such as loss of forest cover, added to the devastation.

News in Brief 4 April 2017 – Geneva (AM)

El Nino concerns growing for Peru and Ecuador

Peru and parts of Ecuador are in the grip of the El Nino weather phenomenon and there are growing indications that it could spread more widely.

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UN supporting Colombian authorities to aid landslide-effected community

The United Nations humanitarian community is working closely with Colombian authorities as Government-led search-and-rescue efforts are underway in the country’s Putamayo province after deadly landslides over the weekend.

News in Brief 03 April 2017 (PM)

Bombing in St. Petersburg metro condemned by UN chief

The Secretary-General has condemned Monday’s bombing in the St. Petersburg metro and called for those responsible for the “appalling act” to be held accountable.

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Animals “even more affected” by disasters than people

When it comes to dealing with disasters, such as the deadly flooding in Colombia and Peru in recent days, animals are “even more affected” than people.

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