Latin America and Caribbean

News in Brief 3 January 2020

  • Latin America and Caribbean world's second most disaster-prone region
  • Humanitarians monitoring displacement following West Darfur clashes
  • Chef with UN climate project urges support for smallholder farmers
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Tuesday's Daily Brief: ‘Forgotten’ pneumonia epidemic, experts urge vigilance over Australia wildfires, Ebola vaccine breakthrough 

A recap of Tuesday’s top stories: Pneumonia number one killer of children; Australia’s wildfires rage on; Ebola vaccine gets green light; new child labour and trafficking study; Malnutrition soars in Latin America and Caribbean; Intellectual Property chief encourages innovation.

UN spotlights ‘explosive’ obesity rates, hunger in Latin America and Caribbean

Since 1975, adult obesity in Latin America and the Caribbean region has tripled, while one in four are going hungry, according to figures published by the UN on Tuesday. 

More women in Latin America are working, but gender gap persists, new UN figures show

More women are entering the workforce across Latin America, with an increase in 11 per cent in the last 30 years, putting the region ahead of the curve when it comes to growth in female labour force participation, according to new data published by the United Nations on Monday. 

UN agencies welcome regional road map to help integrate ‘continuing exodus of Venezuelans’

A new road map adopted by Latin American and Caribbean countries, to help better integrate refugees and migrants from crisis-hit Venezuela into new host societies, drew a warm welcome from two UN agencies on Monday.

After decade of progress, rural areas of Latin America, Caribbean slide back into poverty – UN report

For the first time in a decade, the number of people falling into poverty in rural Latin America and the Caribbean has increased by two million, according to a new United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report, which called the worrying trend a “historical reversal.”

News in Brief 07 November 2018

  • Fighting in Yemen could set off a 'humanitarian catastrophe:' UN Spokesperson
  • Poor diets threaten health more than malaria, tuberculosis, measles – new UN report
  • Hunger and obesity in Latin America and the Caribbean compounded by inequality: UN report
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News in Brief 07 March 2018

  • UN rights chief repeats call for ICC to take up Syria
  • Transform food systems in Latin America and Caribbean to fight obesity: FAO
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News in Brief 22 February 2018

  • UN report details violations of right to freedom of expression in South Sudan
  • FAO calls for decent agricultural jobs for Africa’s youth
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Tests of nuclear “pest control” for Zika mosquito forthcoming

A decision on when to start field trials of a nuclear technique to stop the spread of the Zika virus will be made next month.

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