Today’s crises highlight need for more multilateralism, stronger UN, says Canada’s Foreign Minister

“These crises and the way we choose to respond to them are testing our shared commitment to the United Nations. That’s why our decisions matter now more than ever,” Canada’s Foreign Minister, Mélanie Joly, told the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate on Monday.   ‘More multilateralism, not less’   “We have a choice – either… Continue reading Today’s crises highlight need for more multilateralism, stronger UN, says Canada’s Foreign Minister

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Haiti needs ‘robust support’ to quell gang violence and ease political tensions, Foreign Minister tells UN

Escalating gang violence has set off a crisis that is threatening “the very foundations of the rule of law” in Haiti, according to Foreign Minister Jean Victor Geneus, who told UN delegates in New York on Saturday that the authorities’ efforts to maintain order and ease ongoing political tensions could only succeed with robust international… Continue reading Haiti needs ‘robust support’ to quell gang violence and ease political tensions, Foreign Minister tells UN

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At UN, Mexico proposes a high-level diplomatic delegation to mediate between Russia and Ukraine

In his address to the high-level debate at the UN General Assembly on Thursday, Marcelo Ebrard, the Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Mexico, proposed the creation of a diplomatic caucus of global leaders that would support the Secretary General’s mediation and promote trust-building measures between Russia and Ukraine The proposed caucus would include Pope Francis,… Continue reading At UN, Mexico proposes a high-level diplomatic delegation to mediate between Russia and Ukraine

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Pandemic worsened inequalities, exposed true essence of unjust global order, Cuba tells UN

Addressing world leaders gathered for the first fully in-person high-level debate of the UN General Assembly in three years, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez said that the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the true essence of the unjust and unsustainable prevailing international order. “Never has humankind had this wealth of scientific and… Continue reading Pandemic worsened inequalities, exposed true essence of unjust global order, Cuba tells UN

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Biden denounces Russia’s ‘shameless violation’ of UN charter, urges world to stand with Ukraine

Strongly denouncing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, United States President Joe Biden warned United Nations Member States on Wednesday that “if a nation can pursue imperial ambitions without consequences, then we put at risk everything this great institution stands for.” At the opening of a wide-ranging address to the UN General Assembly, President Biden said that… Continue reading Biden denounces Russia’s ‘shameless violation’ of UN charter, urges world to stand with Ukraine

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LGBT rights being ‘deliberately undermined’, in some US states: UN expert

An independent UN human rights expert on Tuesday warned that the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse (LGBT) people are being “deliberately undermined by some state governments in the United States”, urging more action on the part of the Biden administration to protect them. “Despite five decades of progress, equality is not… Continue reading LGBT rights being ‘deliberately undermined’, in some US states: UN expert

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First Person: Sharing indigenous knowledge with tourists

Indigenous entrepreneur Celestina Ábalos runs a tourism business in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Quebrada de Humahuaca in Jujuy province, northern Argentina, sharing her community’s culture and knowledge of medicinal herbs. “I am a child of Pachamama, Mother Earth. Earth is everything to us. It is life. We cannot conceive of ourselves without her.… Continue reading First Person: Sharing indigenous knowledge with tourists

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UN releases $5 for humanitarian needs triggered by gang violence in Haiti

UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths allocated on Friday, $5 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to respond to humanitarian needs triggered by gang violence in Haiti. The assistance comes amidst the killing of hundreds of people since July in clashes between gangs in Haiti’s Cité Soleil, said the UN humanitarian agency (OCHA)… Continue reading UN releases $5 for humanitarian needs triggered by gang violence in Haiti

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First Person: Taking to the sea to deliver aid in Haiti

With Haiti’s highways increasingly in the grip of gangs, aid delivery by ship is becoming increasingly critical. Captain Madeleine Habib, a shipping officer working for the World Food Programme in Haiti, spoke about her experiences ahead of World Humanitarian Day, which is marked annually on 19 August. “I manage the organization’s coastal shipping service to… Continue reading First Person: Taking to the sea to deliver aid in Haiti

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First Person: One year on from Haiti earthquake, time to return home

On 14 August 2021 a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti, destroying, or rendering uninhabitable tens of thousands of houses across three departments in the south of Haiti, including Plaisimond Milaure’s home. For the last year, she’s been living in a tent outside the city of Les Cayes, supported by UN agencies. One year on, she… Continue reading First Person: One year on from Haiti earthquake, time to return home

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United States: Concrete actions needed to ‘lay the scourge of racism to rest’ – UN expert

After the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) reviewed the US’ racial justice record, the UN human rights office issued a statement in which CERD Expert and Country Rapporteur Faith Dikeledi Pansy Tlakula recounted her observation that the country’s firearm homicide rate had increased, especially amongst black men and in impoverished communities.  While… Continue reading United States: Concrete actions needed to ‘lay the scourge of racism to rest’ – UN expert

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Nicaragua: Rights experts denounce shutdown of over 700 civil society groups

In a letter to the Nicaraguan Government last Monday, the group of 16 UN experts upheld that the action “represents a clear pattern of repressing civic space”. The UN experts echoed a statement earlier this year by the High Commissioner for Human Rights regarding the crackdown. They expressed shock over the extent of the shutdowns by the… Continue reading Nicaragua: Rights experts denounce shutdown of over 700 civil society groups

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UN delivers aid directly to Haitians caught up in gang violence

United Nations humanitarian agencies have started delivering aid directly to people in Haiti following a recent spike in violence between rival gangs which has fueled a worsening crisis across the capital, Port-au-Prince. Vulnerable inhabitants of the commune of Cité Soleil as well as those in other neighbourhoods of the capital, Port-au-Prince, have received items such… Continue reading UN delivers aid directly to Haitians caught up in gang violence

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UN rights chief calls for ‘political responsibility’ to address Peru’s challenges

“Polarization has been deepening over recent months and there are troubling indications that an anti-rights movement is gaining ground. With local and regional elections due in October, I am concerned that hate speech, discrimination and violence could further increase,” she said.  Ms. Bachelet recalled that although Peru already has “important tools” in place to counter… Continue reading UN rights chief calls for ‘political responsibility’ to address Peru’s challenges

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Haiti: UN sounds alarm over worsening gang violence across Port-au-Prince

The UN human rights office said on Saturday it was deeply concerned by worsening violence in and around the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince and rising abuse at the hands of heavily armed gangs, against vulnerable local communities. The alert comes just hours after UN humanitarians said they were ready to provide all the assistance they could to communities… Continue reading Haiti: UN sounds alarm over worsening gang violence across Port-au-Prince

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Gang violence in Port-au-Prince threatens more than a million food-insecure Haitians

Surging and deadly gang violence in the Haitian capital has contributed to runaway food insecurity for well over one million people there, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday. In addition to being hit hard by the global food and fuel crisis caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, in recent decades, Haitians have… Continue reading Gang violence in Port-au-Prince threatens more than a million food-insecure Haitians

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Haitian children at mercy of armed gangs as schools close

Rising gang crime in Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince is limiting access to education and is preventing thousands of children from going to school. Since 2020, gang-related violence has led to school closures, and children have become easy prey for gang recruitment. Steve (not his real name) dreamed of becoming a schoolteacher when his life was turned… Continue reading Haitian children at mercy of armed gangs as schools close

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US abortion debate: Rights experts urge lawmakers to adhere to women’s convention 

A week since the US Supreme Court overturned a landmark, 50-year-old judgement guaranteeing access to abortion, top UN-appointed independent experts urged United States lawmakers on Friday to adhere to international law that protects women’s right to sexual and reproductive health.  The UN women’s rights committee said that the US is one of only seven countries… Continue reading US abortion debate: Rights experts urge lawmakers to adhere to women’s convention 

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Overturning of Roe v. Wade abortion law a ‘huge blow to women’s human rights’ warns Bachelet

Friday’s decision by the US Supreme Court which overturns the 50-year-old Roe v Wade judgement guaranteeing abortion across the United States, was described by the UN human rights chief as “a huge blow to women’s human rights and gender equality.” The widely anticipated Supreme Court decision, by six votes to three, was made in the… Continue reading Overturning of Roe v. Wade abortion law a ‘huge blow to women’s human rights’ warns Bachelet

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Amid ‘inhumane’ conditions, Bachelet urges Nicaragua to release all detainees

Delivering her latest update on the country to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Ms. Bachelet said scores of people remain locked up in the wake of political, human rights and electoral crises over the past four years.  Widespread protests broke out in Nicaragua in April 2018 after President Daniel Ortega announced planned social… Continue reading Amid ‘inhumane’ conditions, Bachelet urges Nicaragua to release all detainees

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Brazil urged to step up search for missing journalist and indigenous activist

Authorities in Brazil must step up efforts to find a British journalist and an indigenous rights activist who disappeared nearly a week ago in a dangerous remote area of the Amazon, the UN human rights office, OHCHR, said on Friday.  Dom Phillips, a regular contributor to The Guardian, and Bruno Araújo Pereira, an employee with… Continue reading Brazil urged to step up search for missing journalist and indigenous activist

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Chile: Apology for sterilizing HIV-positive women in moment of ‘reproductive justice’

“This settlement is a significant moment for women around the world who have been fighting for reproductive justice for decades,” said UNAIDS chief Winnie Byanyima. President Gabriel Boric Font issued the apology as part of a settlement resulting from a case brought before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) by a Chilean woman who… Continue reading Chile: Apology for sterilizing HIV-positive women in moment of ‘reproductive justice’

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Americas: Rising COVID-19 caseload should be a ‘wake-up call’

More than 918,000 cases were recorded last week, a 27.2 per cent increase over the previous week, and over 3,500 deaths, latest information from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has revealed.  Eighteen nations saw spikes in hospitalizations, while admissions to intensive care rose in 13 countries and territories.  “The rise in cases should serve… Continue reading Americas: Rising COVID-19 caseload should be a ‘wake-up call’

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Mexico’s 100,000 ‘disappeared’ is a tragedy, says UN rights chief Bachelet

The news that more than 100,000 people in Mexico are now officially registered as “disappeared” is a tragedy, UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet said on Tuesday, in a call for action to tackle the country’s longstanding problem. A national database has listed all those who’ve been reported missing in the country since 1964, and the… Continue reading Mexico’s 100,000 ‘disappeared’ is a tragedy, says UN rights chief Bachelet

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Nicaragua: New law heralds damaging crackdown on civil society, UN warns

Under the guise of preventing money-laundering and cutting off terrorist financing, a new law in Nicaragua further restricts the functioning of civil society, “contrary to the country’s human rights obligations”, the spokesperson for the UN human rights office (OHCHR) said on Monday. “We are deeply concerned that a new law, which came into force in… Continue reading Nicaragua: New law heralds damaging crackdown on civil society, UN warns

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Peru: Lethal force by police officers must be barred from peaceful demonstrations

Moreover, it added that the country also failed to investigate and prosecute those responsible. “Any use of force must be in line with the fundamental principles of legality, necessity, and proportionality,” said Committee member Carlos Gómez Martínez. Lethal force The Committee issued its findings after reviewing a petition case filed by relatives of Emiliano García… Continue reading Peru: Lethal force by police officers must be barred from peaceful demonstrations

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Lula trial in Brazil violated due process, says UN rights panel

The prosecution of Brazil’s former President, Luiz da Silva, violated his right to a fair trial, his right to privacy and his political rights, the UN Human Rights Committee has found. The Committee, whose members are independent rights experts appointed by the Human Rights Council, issued its findings after the former President – who’s commonly called by… Continue reading Lula trial in Brazil violated due process, says UN rights panel

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Mind the Darién Gap, braving the treacherous pathway to a better life

The Darién Gap, a dangerous route that links South and North America, has long been used by migrants trekking north to the United States, in search of a better life, or simply fleeing violence at home.  As well as extreme physical challenges, they also risk attacks from smugglers, and other criminal groups. With a bag… Continue reading Mind the Darién Gap, braving the treacherous pathway to a better life

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Rights expert concerned about erosion of democracy in Brazil

“I am concerned that in recent years there have been emerging trends limiting the enjoyment of these rights in all areas,” Clément Nyaletsossi Voule said on Monday in São Paulo, speaking at the end of a 12-day visit to South America’s largest country.  He also pointed to the appalling levels of violence against human rights… Continue reading Rights expert concerned about erosion of democracy in Brazil

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UN highlights human cost of transatlantic slave trade

The United Nations on Tuesday remembered the horrors of the transatlantic slave trade and its continued impact on the modern world, by honouring the tradition of resistance to slavery and unity against racism, through personal stories of courage. In a commemorative event in the General Assembly Hall that included remarks from Member States from around the… Continue reading UN highlights human cost of transatlantic slave trade

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Canada urged to amend transgenerational discriminatory Indian Act

In the findings, the Committee found that, by being prevented from passing their indigenous status onto new generations, J.E.M. – a matrilineal indigenous descendant from a long line of leaders of the Capilano Community – and his children, were victims of violations rooted in the discriminatory nature of Canada’s Indian Act, the primary law used… Continue reading Canada urged to amend transgenerational discriminatory Indian Act

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IAEA charts Amazon waters, boosting access to life-saving cancer screening

Women living in Amazon River communities now have increased access to breast cancer screening along even its most remote banks, thanks to two new mammography units installed on Brazilian navy ships.  Procured by the UN-backed International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the mammography units will triple the current capacity for such tests in the remote region. One of… Continue reading IAEA charts Amazon waters, boosting access to life-saving cancer screening

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Haitan teenager spends three years in a Haitian jail for a crime he didn’t commit

A young Haitian man is rebuilding his life, with the support of the UN, after being held in detention for three years, from the age of 15, when he was wrongfully accused of stealing from a local shopkeeper. Many others, like him, spend a prolonged period of time behind bars, before their case comes to… Continue reading Haitan teenager spends three years in a Haitian jail for a crime he didn’t commit

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Americas: Pace of Omicron slows amid rising COVID infections 

And in the crucial area of vaccination, although the Americas now have some of the highest COVID-19 vaccination coverage rates on the planet, it’s also “the most unequal region in the world” when it comes to shots, said Carissa Etienne, Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). Last week, there were seven million new COVID… Continue reading Americas: Pace of Omicron slows amid rising COVID infections 

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COVID-19 cases in the Americas reach highest level yet

More than eight million new COVID-19 cases were reported in the Americas last week, the highest weekly caseload since the start of the pandemic, the head of the regional office of the World Health Organization (WHO) told journalists on Wednesday.  Cases increased by 32 per cent over the previous week, while 18,000 new deaths occurred… Continue reading COVID-19 cases in the Americas reach highest level yet

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Americas: ‘Smart’ use of rapid tests critical amid COVID surge

COVID-19 cases continue to accelerate in the Americas amid increased demand for testing, the head of the regional office of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday.  Dr. Carissa Etienne, Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), highlighted the critical need for countries to scale-up testing and, in particular, to leverage “smart” use… Continue reading Americas: ‘Smart’ use of rapid tests critical amid COVID surge

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UN provides life-saving aid for refugees and migrants in Mexico, as numbers soar

For several years, the number of people transiting through Mexico, many hoping for a better life in the USA, has continued to grow. The UN team in the country, in close collaboration with the Mexican authorities, is working to ensure that they receive essential, and often life-saving, assistance. When life in her country became too… Continue reading UN provides life-saving aid for refugees and migrants in Mexico, as numbers soar

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US contributes $10 million to support UN food agency efforts on COVID-19 response, future pandemics

The funding, announced on Thursday, will support the UN agency’s COVID-19 Response and Recovery Programme, part of its broader One Health programme . The initiative helps safeguard human, animal, plant and environmental health throughout the food chain, from production to consumption and waste management.  FAO joins with partners the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World… Continue reading US contributes $10 million to support UN food agency efforts on COVID-19 response, future pandemics

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Stepping up assistance to Venezuelans crossing Chile’s inhospitable northern border 

In response to the critical needs of a growing number of Venezuelans arriving by foot to Chile’s northern border, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, said on Thursday that it is stepping up its presence and assistance in the South American country.  “Children, adolescents, pregnant women and the elderly often need urgent medical support after several days traveling on… Continue reading Stepping up assistance to Venezuelans crossing Chile’s inhospitable northern border 

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Venezuela violated jurist’s rights, UN Human Rights Committee says

Venezuela violated a jurist’s right to be tried by an independent tribunal and his right to the presumption of innocence, the UN Human Rights Committee said on Wednesday.  In the decision, the Committee requested that Venezuela declare the criminal proceedings against Allan Brewer Carías null and void, and that he be awarded adequate compensation. It also called for the State to take… Continue reading Venezuela violated jurist’s rights, UN Human Rights Committee says

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COVID-19 cases and deaths in the Americas triple in 2021

Compared to the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, 2021 was “undoubtedly worse” for the Americas, where infections and deaths tripled, the top UN health official there reported on Wednesday.  Dr. Carissa Etienne, Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), delivered her final briefing of the year, providing a regional update and reflections on… Continue reading COVID-19 cases and deaths in the Americas triple in 2021

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UN rights office urges Colombia to reform policing of protests

Colombia must urgently reform how it polices protests in the wake of demonstrations earlier this year in which several people were killed or injured, the UN human rights office, OHCHR, said in a report published on Wednesday.   The report documents various instances of unnecessary or disproportionate use of force by police officers during widespread… Continue reading UN rights office urges Colombia to reform policing of protests

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With 280 prisoners dead in Ecuador, UN experts call for urgent action 

Following a series of riots which have left more than 280 inmates dead and hundreds injured in Ecuadorian prisons this year, UN independent human rights experts on Monday called for urgent government action to address the issue.  In a joint statement, the experts said they were “appalled and gravely concerned” by repeated riots that have resulted in the death of so many prisoners, and the “clear risk” of further incidents. … Continue reading With 280 prisoners dead in Ecuador, UN experts call for urgent action 

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Mexico: Over 95,000 registered as disappeared, impunity ‘almost absolute’

As of last Friday, more than 95,000 people have been officially registered as disappeared in Mexico. That includes a worrying increase in the number of women and children, a trend that has worsened during the pandemic, with migrants particularly at risk.   Those are some of the key findings shared by the UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances, at the end of a visit between 15 and 26 November, noting that more… Continue reading Mexico: Over 95,000 registered as disappeared, impunity ‘almost absolute’

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Hot meals helping Haiti’s children recover from the earthquake

The children of families who were affected by the massive earthquake which devastated large parts of south-west Haiti in August this year are receiving free hot meals at school as part of an initiative by the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) to support the recovery of the country’s most vulnerable communities. It’s 11 o’clock in… Continue reading Hot meals helping Haiti’s children recover from the earthquake

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First Person: Earthquake brings out ‘heartwarming resilience’ of Haitians

Haitians who were affected by the devastating earthquake which struck the southwest of the country in August have demonstrated their “heartwarming resilience” according to a staff member of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), who has been supporting recovery efforts. Joseph Chlela, who is from Lebanon, is an emergency coordinator with IOM and has been… Continue reading First Person: Earthquake brings out ‘heartwarming resilience’ of Haitians

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Celebrating the UN staffers who ‘carry hope around the globe’

From bringing together fractured communities, to fighting child labour, and advancing climate action, the work of UN staff around the world is contributing to progress and development in many different ways. To mark UN Day this year, UN News is taking a snapshot of just one part of world – featuring the diverse contributions made… Continue reading Celebrating the UN staffers who ‘carry hope around the globe’

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From the Field: Costa Rica points the way to a sustainable world

Costa Rica is one of the winners of the inaugural UN-backed Earthshot Prize, in recognition of the Central American country’s efforts to reverse damage to its environment and develop in a sustainable manner. Red-eye tree frogs are native to the rain forests of Central America., by UNDP/Adriana Dinu The award also highlights just how far… Continue reading From the Field: Costa Rica points the way to a sustainable world

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UNICEF sounds alarm over abductions of women and children in Haiti  

The number of children and women abducted in Haiti until the end of August, has already surpassed last year’s total, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned this Thursday.   According to UNICEF Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Jean Gough, “nowhere is safe for children in Haiti anymore.”  “Whether on their way to school, at home or even at church,… Continue reading UNICEF sounds alarm over abductions of women and children in Haiti  

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Colombians cling tenaciously to peace gains, Security Council hears 

Five years after an historic Peace Agreement was reached in Colombia, the process continues to show the benefits of ending the conflict through negotiation and keeping victims at the heart of the discussion moving forward.   That was the main message from the Special Representative and head of the UN Verification Mission in Colombia, Carlos Ruiz Massieu, delivered to ambassadors at the Security Council on Thursday.   For him, the first former conflict… Continue reading Colombians cling tenaciously to peace gains, Security Council hears 

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Paraguay violated indigenous rights, UN committee rules in landmark decision

Paraguay’s failure to prevent the toxic contamination of indigenous people’s traditional lands by commercial farming violates their rights and their sense of “home”, the UN Human Rights Committee said in a landmark ruling on Wednesday.  The Committee, which is made up of 18 independent experts from across the world, monitors countries’ adherence to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.   Lands represent… Continue reading Paraguay violated indigenous rights, UN committee rules in landmark decision

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Haiti facing stalled elections, kidnapping surge, rampant insecurity

Still reeling from the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, on 7 July, the country was crippled on 14 August by a deadly 7.2 magnitude earthquake that affected over 800,000 people in its southwestern peninsula.  Helen La Lime, Special Representative and head of the UN Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH) said that “long awaited” national and local elections… Continue reading Haiti facing stalled elections, kidnapping surge, rampant insecurity

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In Barbados, Guterres highlights power of ‘youth voices’ ahead of key trade and development conference

The UN Secretary-General on Sunday said he was committed to ensuring that the Organisation is a place where “youth voices are heard, and their ideas lead”, as he spent the day in Barbados which tomorrow hosts a major UN conference on trade and development, focused on the need to build a global green economy and… Continue reading In Barbados, Guterres highlights power of ‘youth voices’ ahead of key trade and development conference

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‘Overwhelmed by old challenges’, Caribbean leaders say COVID-19 has forced a new battle for the survival of their nations

Saint Lucia: A near-impossible balancing act  Philip Joseph Pierre, Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Economic Development and Youth Economy of Saint Lucia, said his nation suffers from serious challenges due to its small size and vulnerability to natural disasters and climate change. While struggling to find solutions for those existing problems, Saint Lucia was hit with COVID-19.   “We are now being inundated by the new, while still being overwhelmed by the old,” he stated in… Continue reading ‘Overwhelmed by old challenges’, Caribbean leaders say COVID-19 has forced a new battle for the survival of their nations

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Haitian Prime Minister: As long as there is inequality, migration will continue  

The Prime Minister of Haiti, Ariel Henry, said on Saturday that “human beings, fathers and mothers who have children, are always going to flee poverty and conflict.”  “Migration will continue as long as the planet has both wealthy areas, whilst most of the world’s population lives in poverty, even extreme poverty, without any prospects of a better life,” he said in… Continue reading Haitian Prime Minister: As long as there is inequality, migration will continue  

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Mexico calls for respect for migrants’ rights, and ‘true international solidarity’  

In his address to the high-level debate at the UN General Assembly on Thursday, Marcelo Ebrard, the Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Mexico, reaffirmed his country’s commitment against discrimination and hate speech and called for more solidarity.   Mr. Ebrard said that the economic recovery from the crisis resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, has been marked by inequality. “The pandemic has highlighted the need for a strong and effective multilateral system”, he declared, calling for more solidarity between states. … Continue reading Mexico calls for respect for migrants’ rights, and ‘true international solidarity’  

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UNICEF: Haiti children vulnerable to ‘violence, poverty and displacement’

As Haiti continues to reel from the “triple tragedy” of natural disasters, gang violence and the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) expressed concern on Thursday that two-thirds of Haitian migrants expelled from the United States border in recent days are women and children – including newborns with “specific and immediate needs”. “When children… Continue reading UNICEF: Haiti children vulnerable to ‘violence, poverty and displacement’

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Colombia calls for global financial consensus to avert COVID debt crisis

The President of Colombia on Tuesday warned that many developing countries have increased their fiscal deficit to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, putting at risk their financial capacity to act on other priorities, such as climate change. “Many (countries) have not begun to process the necessary tax reforms to pay emergency expenses, and today they… Continue reading Colombia calls for global financial consensus to avert COVID debt crisis

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Brazilian President commits country to climate neutrality by 2050 

“We anticipated, from 2060 to 2050, the goal of achieving climate neutrality. Human and financial resources, destined to the strengthening of environmental agencies, were doubled, with a view to eliminating illegal deforestation,” he said.  Mr. Bolsonaro was speaking at UN Headquarters at the opening of the high-level week of the General Assembly. After being held virtually last year due the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s gathering… Continue reading Brazilian President commits country to climate neutrality by 2050 

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