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11 stories found over the past 45 days
FEATURE: Tackling cholera in Haiti by building sanitary cordons

27 July 2016 – “Wash my hands before eating and nursing the baby, wash my hands after relieving myself, use Aquatabs to purify the water…” and so, Sherline Deus lists the steps she must take to protect herself and her children from cholera in the town of Grand Bois, located in in north-eastern Haiti, near the country's border with the Dominican Republic.


On first International Day, UNESCO calls for protection of mangrove ecosystems

26 July 2016 – Mangroves are rare and vital ecosystems that help to protect coastlines and mitigate the effects of climate change, but their survival is being jeopardized, the United Nations cultural agency said today, calling for greater preservation efforts as the international community marks the first ever International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem.


Haiti: UN and partners express regret over failed deliberations on provisional governance

16 July 2016 – The United Nations and its partners in Haiti have expressed “deep regret” that for the fourth time in as many weeks, the country's National Assembly was unable to deliberate on the provisional governance arrangements.


INTERVIEW: Rapid response team, funding, vital to eliminating cholera in Haiti – UN official

08 July 2016 – A rapid response mechanism is crucial to tackling an endemic disease such as cholera and eliminating it in Haiti, the deputy head of the UN mission there said today, emphasizing that the effectiveness of such efforts requires predictable financing.


INTERVIEW: UN health official discusses unprecedented vaccination campaign to tackle cholera in Haiti

05 July 2016 – The World Health Organization (WHO) Representative for Haiti, Jean-Luc Poncelet today stressed that vaccines along with water chlorination programmes, and longer-term efforts to improve water and the overall health system are vital to fight the prevalence of cholera in the country.


INTERVIEW: Amid progress in fighting cholera, UN official urges support to health-care system

01 July 2016 – While the incidence of cholera in Haiti has decreased by 90 per cent since an outbreak that began shortly after the devastating earthquake of 2010, more investment is needed in the country’s health-care system to fully eliminate the disease and address the country’s other health challenges, a top United Nations official today said.


At peacebuilding body, UN deputy chief underlines core obligation to prevent conflict and sustain peace

23 June 2016 – Marking the tenth anniversary of the first meeting of the Peacebuilding Commission –which has become known as ‘Peacekeeping Day’ – United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson today urged Member States, particularly those with membership in the Security Council, to make full use of the Commission and its role in preventing violent conflict.


UN humanitarian wing and partners respond to unprecedented suffering in 2015

21 June 2016 – The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has released its 2015 annual report, articulating its response to the humanitarian challenges and human suffering, in all corners of the world that have overstretched the UN relief arm.


Ban expresses deep concern over the continuing political uncertainty in Haiti

16 June 2016 – Concerned that the prevailing uncertainty in Haiti is further compounding the numerous political and socio-economic challenges facing the country, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that further delays in completing the electoral process can potentially affect stability in the country, as well as international support to it.


Haiti: UN and partners warn against ‘institutional vacuum,’ call for return to constitutional order

15 June 2016 – The United Nations and its partners in Haiti have today expressed concern that as the provisional president's agreed 120-day mandate has come to end, “no measures have been taken to ensure institutional continuity” in the island nation, where several key deadlines regarding the political transition process have been missed.