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11 stories found over the past 45 days
FEATURE: Haiti witnesses declining cholera rates, significant gains in development

17 July 2014 – Haiti, often cited as one of the least developed countries in the Western Hemisphere, has reached – or nearly reached – several of the Millennium Development Goals ahead of the 2015 deadline, according to a report launched by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) a month ago.

Easing plight of child migrants fleeing Central America requires ‘compassionate solutions’ – Ban

16 July 2014 – Deeply concerned by the “urgent humanitarian situation” of unaccompanied child migrants from Central America, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for Governments of countries where the children start, continue or finish their journeys, to protect their dignity and human rights.

In Dominican Republic, Ban hails collective effort to bolster human rights, development, peace

16 July 2014 – In a first-ever visit to the Dominican Republic, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today addressed the National Congress, saying “one country with dedication and solidarity can move the world,” helping to spur progress across the three pillars of the UN – development, human rights and peace.

Ban praises Haitian police recruits, judicial institutions in strengthening rule of law

15 July 2014 – Calling them “the backbone” of Haiti, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today praised national police recruits and the efforts under way to strengthen the rule of law in the country, as he continued his visit to the Caribbean nation.

In Haiti, Ban calls for greater efforts to improve water and sanitation, end cholera epidemic

14 July 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for intensified efforts to ensure access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation in Haiti, as he launched a new United Nations-supported initiative and met with families affected by cholera.

Ban to travel to Haiti, Dominican Republic with focus on health, poverty reduction

13 July 2014 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will travel to Haiti and the Dominican Republic starting Monday to meet with senior government officials as well as to get a first-hand look at programmes designed to improve health and reduce poverty.

With special event, UN to mark 'Victory over Slavery: Haiti and Beyond'

10 July 2014 – Visitors to the United Nations later today and those to the Bronx Museum of Fine Arts tomorrow will have a chance to see an exhibit and a film focusing on the struggle by slaves for independence in Haiti – the first successful slave revolt in the world that "continues to inspire."

UN rights expert urges durable solutions for Haiti's displaced, vulnerable

04 July 2014 – Four years after the massive earthquake that devastated Haiti, it is time to move from a largely humanitarian approach to a development based drive, a United Nations human rights expert said today, while calling for durable solutions for the internally displaced and the vulnerable segments of the population of the island nation.

Haiti: UNESCO to send experts to examine possible wreck of 'Santa Maria'

23 June 2014 – The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced today that it will provide technical assistance requested by the Government of Haiti and send a mission to the site of an underwater shipwreck, which may be that of the Santa Maria, the flagship of Christopher Columbus’s first voyage to America.

UN Experts urge Dominican Republic to restore citizenship to those not registered at birth

20 June 2014 – A group of United Nations human rights experts on the African diaspora today called on the Government of the Dominican Republic to adopt the necessary legal measures to restore Dominican citizenship for all those born in the country, but not registered at birth.