News by region: Americas


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

26 May – The vital role of the world's oceans in human well-being and development is being highlighted next month as the United Nations hosts a global conference aimed at protecting these resources.


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

25 May – Opening a major United Nations conference on risk reduction in Cancun, Mexico, Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed cautioned that the world would not reach its development goals without tackling climate change and disaster risk.


Peru: UN agency supports recovery of some 7,000 farmers from El Niño floods, landslides

19 May – In the wake of the heavy rains, floods and landslides that hit Peru earlier this year, the United Nations agriculture agency said today that it is working with the Government to assist some 7,000 mostly small-scale farmers to restore their capacity to produce crops and feed their families.


Venezuela: UN human rights chief regrets opposition leader being blocked to travel

19 May – Amid rising violence in Venezuela, the United Nations human rights chief has expressed regret that the Latin American country’s opposition leader was allegedly blocked from leaving the country for New York, where they were planning to meet.


UN expert urges Dominican Republic to place child protection at core of tourism strategy

18 May – Those who come to the Dominican Republic to sexually exploit children must know that they will be punished, a United Nations independent expert said, urging the Government to put child protection at the centre of its tourism strategy.


UNESCO urges investigation into murder of award-winning Mexican journalist

16 May – Following the killing of award-winning Mexican journalist Javier Arturo Valdez Cárdenas, the head of the United Nations cultural agency today encouraged the country’s authorities to move quickly to conduct a thorough investigation to ensure the killing does not go unpunished.


Armed group attacks civilians, UN in Central African Republic overnight; peacekeeper killed

13 May – The United Nations peacekeeping force in the Central African Republic is sending reinforcements to the south-eastern town of Bangassou, where an armed group opened fire on civilians overnight killing an undisclosed number and at least one UN peacekeeper.


Time now to maximize on the opportunities offered in Haiti, highlights head of UN advisory group

12 May – Following their recent visit to Haiti, a United Nations advisory group on the island nation called on the international community to work closely with the Government and capitalize on the opportunities that have presented there.


UN rights office urges protection for Salvadoran LGBTI community

12 May – The United Nations human rights office today urged the Government of El Salvador to take urgent measures to protect a prominent transgender human rights defender, Karla Avelar, and other activists and individuals working on similar issues.


Panama’s financial reform agenda must prioritize combating tax evasion – UN expert

11 May – Following last year’s leak of confidential financial documents from a Panama law firm, a United Nations rights expert yesterday called on the countries’ authorities to continue to impose greater due diligence on financial and banking institutions.