Latin America

Caribbean and Latin American Summit take up UN agency anti-hunger plan

A new plan to combat hunger in the Caribbean and Latin America presented by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is being considered for adoption at a summit of the region’s leaders taking place today and tomorrow in the Costa Rican capital.

In Honduras, UN chief urges leaders to draw on country's diversity to sustain progress

Delivering a “message of hope” on his first ever visit to Honduras, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the National Congress to draw on the tremendous diversity and voices of all the country's people as they undertake measures to address poverty, inequality and insecurity and move towards sustainable development.

Latin America, Caribbean job market faces ‘scenario of uncertainty’ in 2015 – UN report

An “unusual pattern” has been detected in this year’s urban employment rate in Latin America and the Caribbean, which continued to fall despite warning signs of economic slowdown, said a new report released by the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) today.

Bolivia, Ecuador hailed for advances made in indigenous rights

Bolivia and Ecuador have made great progress in advancing indigenous rights by openly recognizing them in their respective Constitutions.

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School meal programmes benefit children, support local farms in Latin America – UN study

School feeding programmes in Latin America are having a positive impact on children’s well-being and are fostering local development when food is sourced from family fa

Latin American nations voice concerns to Ban over rerouting of Bolivian leader's plane

Five Latin American nations voiced their concerns to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today about the recent incident in which the aircraft carrying Bolivian President Evo Morales was not allowed by several European nations to fly over their airspace on suspicion that United States whistleblower Edward Snowden was on board.

UN report suggests social conflict in Latin America linked to inequality

The Latin American countries afflicted by the greatest amount of social conflict are also those suffering from broad inequality and limited capacity to manage unrest, according to a United Nations report launched today.

Top UN officials underscore need to combat organized crime in Central America

Senior United Nations officials today drew the world’s attention to threats posed by transnational organized crime and drug trafficking in Central America and called for concerted global efforts to combat the scourge, which they said is spreading to other continents.

UN rights chief disturbed by Suriname amendment on immunity for violations

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, today said she was “disturbed” by the recent decision by Suriname to pass an amendment to an existing law that grants immunity for human rights violations committed during the 12-year period in which the country was, for the most part, under military rule.

UN independent experts call on Honduras to adopt measures to stop killing of lawyers

Two United Nations independent experts today called on the Government of Honduras to adopt concrete measures to stop the killing of lawyers in the country, stressing that they should be able to carry out their functions without risking their lives.