Jazz Day celebrations showcase Cuba's rich musical heritage

An all-star concert in the Cuban capital, Havana,  is the centerpiece of this year's celebrations for International Jazz Day on Sunday, 30 April.

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Cuba needs new laws and stronger action targeting human trafficking – UN rights expert

A United Nations human rights expert has urged Cuba to consider introducing new legislation to ensure that everyone who falls victim to trafficking in persons can be identified and helped, and the authorities can take action against offenders.

#RememberSlavery: African rhythms permeate Cuban music

More than 15 million African men, women and children were brought to the New World due to the transatlantic slave trade, which the UN has described as one of the darkest chapters in human history.

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As Cuba mourns passing of former President Fidel Castro, Ban offers condolences, UN support

Speaking on behalf of the United Nations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon this morning extended condolences to the Cuban people and to the family of former President Fidel Castro Ruz, who passed away overnight at the age of 90.

UN development agency working with Cuban government in areas hard-hit by Hurricane Matthew

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) is cooperating with Cuban authorities to support early recovery in Baracoa, Maisí, Imías and San Antonio del Sur, the areas of the island nation most-affected by Hurricane Matthew.

US abstains for first time in annual UN vote on ending embargo against Cuba

In a near unanimous action, the United Nations General Assembly today adopted a resolution underlining the need to end to the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States against Cuba, while also welcoming progress in the relations between the two countries.

Hurricane Matthew leaves extensive damage in eastern Cuba

Some 350,000 people in eastern Cuba have been affected by Hurricane Matthew, according to a senior UN official in the country.

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In wake of Hurricane Matthew, UN to deliver food for 180,000 people in hard-hit eastern Cuba

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is working with the Cuban Government to provide food for 180,000 people in hard-hit eastern areas of the island as they cope with the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.

Ban welcomes formal talks between Colombia and ELN rebel group

Colombia is set to begin formal negotiations on 27 October in Havana, Cuba, with the country’s second-largest rebel group, the National Liberation Army or ELN, the UN has confirmed.

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“Historic” agreement to release children from Colombian armed group

An agreement to release child soldiers serving with one of Colombia’s main armed opposition groups has been welcomed by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

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