News by region: Americas


Panama vows to combat drug trafficking, asks for help to eliminate ‘blood money’ driving scourge

20 September – The most effective way to solve problems that affect the world’s people is always placing human beings at the centre of all decisions, the President of Panama told the United Nations General Assembly today, stressing that his country, which joins North and South and which is bordered by the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, would continue to be a beacon of cooperation and understanding.


At UN, Central American leaders urge ‘rethink’ of system used to classify development status

19 September – In his address to the United Nations General Assembly, Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis Rivera called for the UN to rethink the concept of per capita income as a reference for determining a country's development, stressing that only a multidimensional vision of development and poverty will allow an understanding of the needs of populations and families.


Bolivia’s Morales, at UN, says natural resources, basic necessities must be viewed as human rights

19 September – While some pledges made in the United Nations Charter have been met, “others have come to noting,” the President of Bolivia told the General Assembly today, that the planet’s precious resources and vulnerable people must be protected from greed and exploitation by political elites.


At UN, Guatemalan President pledges government’s full commitment to fight corruption

19 September – Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales, addressing the United Nations General Assembly today, pledged the firmest intention to strengthen and support the International Commission against Impunity of Guatemala (CICIG), while stressing that no institution should interfere in the country’s administration of justice.


UN stands ready to assist following deadly earthquake in Mexico

19 September – Secretary-General António Guterres voiced sadness at the loss of life and damage resulting from the earthquake that occurred in Mexico today, and expressed the readiness of the United Nations to assist.


At UN, Colombian President says successful peace process could serve as model for others

19 September – In his final address to the United Nations General Assembly as President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos delivered a message of peace and highlighted the results of the agreement reached between his Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP), which he described as a model for the rest of the world.


In wake of Hurricane Irma, UN launches $55 million plan to assist Cubans in need

19 September – The United Nations system in Cuba today launched an action plan requiring $55.8 million to address the urgent needs of over 2 million people severely affected by Irma, the strongest hurricane ever reported in the Atlantic.


All nations should embrace their sovereignty, US President tells world leaders at UN Assembly

19 September – Noting that the present world is one that offers both immense promise and great peril, the President of the United States told global leaders at the United Nations that it was “entirely up to us” to either lift the world to new heights, or let it fall into a valley of disrepair.


‘We need more diplomacy, more negotiating’ Brazilian President tells UN Assembly

19 September – The President of Brazil, the first Head of State traditionally to address the annual United Nations General Assembly’s general debate, pledged today that his country will sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons – reiterating that the nuclear powers undertake additional disarmament.


As climate change makes bad weather worse, countries must strengthen resilience, UN officials urge

18 September – Noting the ever-increasing impact of extreme weather events, top United Nations officials, including Secretary-General António Guterres and Miroslav Lajcak, the President of the General Assembly today urged efforts to boost resilience and strengthen damage mitigation measures.