News by region: Americas


UNESCO chief condemns killing of Mexican reporter in Chihuahua

28 March – The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today denounced the killing of journalist Miroslava Breach Velducea in the capital of northern Mexican state Chihuahua on 23 March 2017.


Environmental recovery key to post-conflict development in Colombia – UN agency

24 March – Concluding a mission to Colombia, a multi-disciplinary team of United Nations environment experts have highlighted that the country has a unique opportunity to promote sustainable and resilient livelihoods in which the nature serves as the foundation for long-lasting peace.


Following visit to Haiti, UN expert urges more aid for Hurricane Matthew victims

13 March – An independent United Nations expert on human rights today welcomed the recent completion of the electoral process as “remarkable progress” for the island nation, while he also urged the authorities to address the situation in prisons, and redouble efforts to help Haitians affected by Hurricane Matthew and the 2010 earthquake.


Colombian fighting displaced more than 900 families since January - UN agency

10 March – Despite a peace agreement, ongoing fighting in the Colombian Pacific Coast has displaced more than 3,500 people so far this year – many of them from the Afro-Colombian or indigenous communities, the United Nations refugee agency today announced.


Americas region adopts 'historic' disaster risk reduction plan at UN-backed forum in Montreal

9 March – Around 50 countries and territories of the Americas at a United Nations-supported conference in Montreal, Canada, agreed a Regional Action Plan today to better protect their citizens from the destruction caused by natural and man-made disasters.


Disasters in Americas show challenge of meeting global risk reduction targets – senior UN Official

7 March – Disasters in the Americas over the past year such as Hurricane Matthew show the challenge the world faces meeting the risk reduction targets established by the UN’s Sendai Framework.


UN-backed forum in Montreal set to agree region-wide disaster risk reduction plan

6 March – More than 1,000 delegates from across the Americas will meet this week at a United Nations-backed conference in the Canadian city of Montreal to agree a Regional Action Plan designed to reduce the loss of life due to disasters, both natural and man-made.


UN calls for support to recovery plan as Haiti loses $2.7 billion in Hurricane Matthew

6 March – The United Nations office dedicated to disaster risk reduction today called for urgent support to improve disaster risk management in Haiti, following a damage assessment that shows the country lost $2.7 billion, or 32 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP), as a result of Hurricane Matthew six months ago.


UN Mission in Colombia starts verification as FARC-EP begins turning in weapons

1 March – In a major step for the peace process in Colombia, the United Nations Mission in the country today started the verification of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP)’s laying down of arms.


Secretary-General asks Member States to express intention on financing UN plan to tackle cholera in Haiti

24 February – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has asked Member States to inform him by 6 March if they intend to make voluntary financial contributions to the implementation of the new UN plan to counter cholera in Haiti, his spokesman said today.