AMERICA

18 July – With three months left before the current United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti transitions to a smaller one, a UN envoy stressed today that the Caribbean country faces the “window of opportunity” to solidify stability, following recent elections.


18 July – The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today called for an investigation into the recent murder of a Honduran journalist in Mexico.


14 July – The United Nations today expressed concern about the situation in Venezuela, where nearly 100 people have died since April and more than 1,500 were injured in connection with ongoing protests.


13 July – Noting the challenges that continue to hamper sustained progress in combating cholera in Haiti, the United Nations General Assembly underscored the need to strengthen national health, sanitation and water systems on the island to promote the well-being of the population as well as contributing to Haiti’s sustainable development efforts.


10 July – The Security Council today decided to establish a new United Nations political mission in Colombia that will succeed the current one and will shift from monitoring the disarmament of former combatants to verifying their political, economic and social reintegration.

 

5 July – Two United Nations human rights experts have urged the US state of Virginia to cancel the planned execution on Thursday of a man with psychosocial disability.


After ‘successful’ visit to Haiti, Security Council notes window of opportunity for reforms

30 June – Haiti has a window of opportunity to implement reforms necessary to bring the Caribbean country onto a path of stability and development, the United Nations Security Council President said today.


Colombia: With arms laid down, focus now on reintegration, UN envoy tells Security Council

30 June – Highlighting progress in the Colombian peace process, especially the completion of the laying down of arms by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP), the United Nations envoy for the country has called for shifting the momentum to other aspects of the historic peace deal.


Venezuela bans Attorney General from leaving country; UN rights office voices concern

30 June – Amid the ongoing violence in Venezuela, the United Nations human rights office today expressed concern about a decision by the Supreme Court to null the appointment of the Attorney General, freeze her assets and ban her from leaving the country.


In Haiti, Security Council spotlights opportunities for country’s reform towards stability and development

24 June – Wrapping up a three-day visit to Haiti, a Security Council delegation today stressed that it has accomplished the objectives of the mission, including a first-hand look into how best the United Nations could contribute to the country’s lasting stability and development.


In visit to Haiti, Security Council delegation to reaffirm support for country’s stability and development

23 June – The United Nations Security Council on Thursday began a three-day visit to Haiti to reaffirm its support for the Haitian Government and people in strengthening institutions to contribute to the country’s stability and development.


UN in Colombia strongly condemns attack on shopping centre in Bogota

19 June – United Nations entities based in Colombia have strongly condemned Saturday’s terrorist attack at a shopping centre in the capital, Bogota, and underscored that they “remain determined” to support the country and its peace process.


Political will, financial support needed to bolster new approach to cholera in Haiti – UN deputy chief

14 June – The United Nations deputy chief today called on Member States to fund the Organization’s new strategy to counter cholera in Haiti, stressing that the initiative is facing a critical shortage of resources.


Welcoming progress in arms laydown in Colombia, UN chief reiterates support to peace process

8 June – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said today that he has been “encouraged” by the progress in Colombian peace process and called on the Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP) to continue to implement their respective commitments under the accord.


Indigenous and environmental rights under attack in Brazil, UN rights experts warn

8 June – Human rights experts from the United Nations and an inter-American organization have denounced attacks on indigenous and environmental rights in Brazil, expressing concern over a Congressional report that accuses the UN of being “a confederation of non-governmental organizations influencing Brazilian policy.”

08/Jun
Indigenous and environmental rights under attack in Brazil, UN rights experts warn
Welcoming progress in arms laydown in Colombia, UN chief reiterates support to peace process
02/Jun UN will work with Colombian Government and FARC-EP on extended weapons hand-in deadline
01/Jun
US decision to withdraw from Paris climate accord a ‘major disappointment’ – UN
26/May

FEATURE: UN-backed projects in the Caribbean highlight connection between life on land and life below water

25/May With focus on natural disasters, UN risk reduction forum opens in Mexico

19/May

Venezuela: UN human rights chief regrets opposition leader being blocked to travel
Peru: UN agency supports recovery of some 7,000 farmers from El Niño floods, landslides
18/May UN expert urges Dominican Republic to place child protection at core of tourism strategy
16/May UNESCO urges investigation into murder of award-winning Mexican journalist
13/May Armed group attacks civilians, UN in Central African Republic overnight; peacekeeper killed
12/May
UN rights office urges protection for Salvadoran LGBTI community
Time now to maximize on the opportunities offered in Haiti, highlights head of UN advisory group
11/May
Security Council welcomes commitment of Colombian Government and FARC-EP to peace process
Panama’s financial reform agenda must prioritize combating tax evasion – UN expert
05/May In Colombia’s central Meta region, Security Council witnesses first-hand progress on peace deal
04/May In Bogota, Security Council pledges support to Colombia’s efforts to implement peace process
02/May Citing Uruguay’s ‘inspiring’ record on environment, UN expert says country must do more
28/ApUN rights office troubled by accelerated executions in US with expiring drug a factor
25/Apr Latin America loses billions of dollars to ‘double burden’ of undernutrition and obesity – UN study
21/Apr Cuba needs new laws and stronger action targeting human trafficking – UN rights expert
20/Apr Venezuela: UN urges all efforts be made to lower tensions in Venezuela
17/Apr Haiti: UN inaugurates water supply system in Lascahobas as part of anti-cholera fight
13/Apr Security Council decides UN Mission in Haiti will close by October; approves smaller follow-on operation
11/Apr Haiti: Recent political advances set stage to address pressing challenges, says UN envoy
07/Apr
UN agencies in Colombia stepping up response efforts in aftermath of devastating landslides
UN, humanitarian partners to launch $40M appeal for flood-hit Peru
06/Apr Zika could end up costing Latin America and the Caribbean up to $18 billion, UN report finds
05/Apr Building solid foundation for peace in Colombia needs ‘consistent vigilance’ – UN envoy
04/Apr Weather, existing socio-economic factors compounded Colombian landslide tragedy – UN agency
03/Apr UN supporting Colombian authorities to aid landslide-effected community
31/Mar UN agency dispatches 3.5 million doses of yellow fever vaccine to counter outbreak in Brazil
30/Mar Colombia: UN receives 7,000 weapons from FARC-EP as hunt for hidden caches continues
28/Mar UNESCO chief condemns killing of Mexican reporter in Chihuahua
24/Mar Environmental recovery key to post-conflict development in Colombia – UN agency
13/Mar Following visit to Haiti, UN expert urges more aid for Hurricane Matthew victims
10/Mar Colombian fighting displaced more than 900 families since January – UN agency
09/Mar Americas region adopts ‘historic’ disaster risk reduction plan at UN-backed forum in Montreal
07/Mar Disasters in Americas show challenge of meeting global risk reduction targets – senior UN Official
06/Mar UN-backed forum in Montreal set to agree region-wide disaster risk reduction plan
01/Mar UN Mission in Colombia starts verification as FARC-EP begins turning in weapons
24/Feb Secretary-General asks Member States to express intention on financing UN plan to tackle cholera in Haiti
20/Feb – ‘Historic’ day as last FARC-EP members gather to turn in arms – UN mission in Colombia
10 Feb – Haiti: Peacekeeping chief points to changes in mandate of UN mission
08 Feb – Colombia: UN chief Guterres welcomes start of peace talks with ELN
07 Feb – Haitian Government, UN and partners launch two-year plan aimed at saving lives, building resilience
02 Feb – Marching towards peace, FARC-EP begins turning in arms – UN Mission in Colombia
01 Feb – US travel ban a ‘significant setback’ for those needing international protection – UN rights experts