The spiraling cost of living, fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, and high unemployment rates, have made it difficult for many Venezuelan refugees and migrants in Latin America and the Caribbean to rebuild their lives and integrate into society, a UN report issued on Wednesday has revealed.
Hurricanes, COVID-19 and now the Ukraine crisis: these are the three main reasons why hunger levels are spiking across Latin America and the Caribbean.
According to the UN World Food Programme, or WFP, many families are so desperate that they’re prepared to risk their lives on a highly dangerous jungle crossing, linking South and North America, known as the Darien Gap.
With the details, here’s WFP’s Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Lola Castro, who’s been talking to UN News’s Daniel Johnson in Geneva.
Climate-related and geophysical events resulted in the loss of 312,000 lives and directly affected more than 277 million people in Latin America and the Caribbean, a new report released by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) revealed on Tuesday.
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The climate emergency generated by global warming, is exacerbating existing risks to international peace and security, while also creating new ones, a senior UN official told the Security Council on Friday, making the case for swift climate action on multiple fronts.
The UN food agency, FAO, warns that hunger and fatalities could rise significantly in urban areas, without measures to ensure that poor and vulnerable residents have access to food. In Latin America, cities are finding ways to keep food supplies flowing, despite the current restrictions on movement and supplies.
A recap of Monday’s top stories: ‘Multi-generational tragedy’ in Israel and Palestine demands viable two-State solution; gender gap persists in Latin America’s workforce; Syria envoy urges prisoner release ahead of talks in Geneva; Egypt urged to end repression of protesters and rights defenders; future of digital communications discussed at world conference.