News by region: Americas


UN forum on indigenous issues urges talks between Mexican officials, teacher union wing

20 July – The head of the United Nations forum on indigenous issues today urged Mexican officials to meet with a wing of the national union of teachers to resolve the conflict in the southern state of Oaxaca, where violent protests over education took at least six lives.


UN rights chief 'deeply troubled' by conviction of land reform activists in Paraguay

20 July – The United Nations human rights chief today expressed concern over the recent ruling by the Court in Paraguay that convicted 11 land reform protestors, calling on the country's authorities to take urgent measures to ensure fair, independent investigations and guarantee access to justice.


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

16 July – 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

8 July – 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.


UN condemns this week's deadly gun violence in US

8 July – United Nations officials today spoke out against recent violence in the United States which has left several people dead, expressing both outrage and condemnation over the killings, and highlighting the need for more to be done to fight discrimination.


UN-backed meeting on forced displacement crisis in Central America urges regional responsibility-sharing

8 July – With people fleeing violence in Central America in numbers not seen in more than 30 years, representatives from Governments, international organizations and civil society gathered for a United Nations-backed event on the issue in San José, Costa Rica, and agreed to enhance access to asylum and increase regional responsibility-sharing.


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

5 July – 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.


UN hails ambitious Canada-Mexico-US partnership to fight climate change

4 July – The head of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) today hailed as “a major breakthrough” a recent announcement by Canada, Mexico and the United States that they will take sweeping action to achieve 50 per cent clean power generation by 2025 and cooperate on reducing disaster risk.


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

1 July – 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.


FEATURE: Goodwill Ambassador Danny Glover calls out racism, Afrophobia in the Americas

30 June – The international community must increase its commitment to fighting Afrophobia and discrimination against people of African descent, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador and actor Danny Glover has said, speaking during the International Decade for People of African Descent.