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45th Anniversary of Latin America as Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone

On the 45th anniversary of the treaty that created a nuclear-weapon-free zone in Latin America and the Caribbean, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today hailed the pact as an example continue reading »

Latin American Prison Deaths Alarming Human Rights Advocates

A senior United Nations human rights official has voiced concern over a wave of violence inside prisons in South America, where at least eight inmates have been killed in the past two weeks in four separate countries. continue reading »

Spanish Trial of Prominent Judge Concerns UN Human Rights Experts

A series of independent United Nations human rights experts voiced concern about the impact of the trial of a prominent Spanish judge on his independence, particularly his efforts to investigate more than 100,000 allegations of enforced disappearances during the country’s civil war and then under the regime of Francisco Franco. continue reading »

Foreign Investment to Latin America Increases by 35% in 2011

In spite of the economic turmoil that shook countries last year, global foreign direct investment (FDI) rose by 17 per cent, according to a United Nations report released, which predicts it will continue to increase this year but warns of the risks posed by the frail economic climate. continue reading »

UN Urges El Salvador to Address Issues of Social Inequality

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called today on El Salvador to address its socio-economic inequalities and advance rule of law reform to ensure its citizens can experience positive and tangible continue reading »

2011 Food Prices Highest on Record According to UN

Global food prices declined in December, but the overall annual average was the highest ever on record, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported today. continue reading »

Latin American Growth Expected to Slow Down in 2012

Economic growth in Latin America and the Caribbean will slow down next year due to the sluggish performance of the world economy and uncertainty and volatility of financial markets, warns a United Nations report released this week. continue reading »

UN Needs $7.7 Billion to Help 51 Million People in Distress Globally

The United Nations and its partners today called for $7.7 billion to provide humanitarian assistance to 51 million people in 16 countries over the course of next year, launching the largest appeal in two decades. continue reading »

Soccer Star Carles Puyol Helps UN to Save Orangutans of the World

Soccer star Carles Puyol, who led Spain to the World Cup title last year, is the face of a new United Nations campaign to save endangered orangutans that could face extinction within the next few decades. continue reading »

STUDY:  Poverty Rates in Latin America at Lowest Rate in 20 Years

Poverty rates in Latin America have dropped to their lowest levels in 20 years, according to a new United Nations report which highlights public spending continue reading »

Uruguay Joins International Campaign to Stop Violence Against Women

Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro has commended Uruguay for joining the United Nations campaign that seeks to end violence against women by raising awareness and generating political will to implement measures to stem the scourge. continue reading »

Humanitarian Emergency Due to Floods Only Beginning in Central America UN Warns

The humanitarian emergency caused by last month's devastating floods in Central America is only just beginning, a top United Nations relief official said today continue reading »

Nicargua to Get International Aid for Flood Relief

The United Nations and Nicaragua launched a flash appeal today for $14.3 million to provide shelter, food, water and sanitation, and agricultural livelihoods to those affected by the floods that have ravaged large parts of the country for the past three weeks. continue reading »

Scary – World Population to Reach 7 Billion on Halloween Day

In five days, world population is projected to reach 7 billion. How we respond now will determine whether we have a healthy, sustainable and prosperous future continue reading »

International Aid Coming to Flood-Ravaged El Salvador

United Nations aid agencies are ramping up their efforts to provide shelter, food and health care to El Salvador, which is facing one of the greatest disasters in its history as heavy rains continue to cause severe flooding across Central America. continue reading »

Paraguay Urged to Pass Laws Protecting Rights of Women and Indians

New laws are urgently needed in Paraguay to protect the rights of minorities, in particular women and indigenous people, a top United Nations human rights official has said, calling on the Government to scale up its efforts to stop discrimination and injustice towards these groups. continue reading »

Amid Continuous Student Protests in Chile, Human Right Advocates are Watching

The Chilean Government must adopt a human rights approach in its policies, particularly those regarding education, indigenous people and freedom of expression, a senior United Nations official has said. continue reading »

Brazilian Soccer Great Ronaldinho Works to Eliminate AIDS in Brazil and Globally

The United Nations has a new striker on its team to defeat HIV/AIDS, Brazilian soccer star Ronaldinho, who will now parlay his devastating skills on the sports field into raising awareness among young people worldwide to help block further infections. continue reading »

UN Approves Funds for Flood Ravaged El Salvador

The United Nations reported it has approved an emergency cash grant for El Salvador and sent additional staff to the country as it beefs up efforts to help the Government respond to severe floods that have affected five other countries after heavy rainfall in Central America. continue reading »

Mexico Moves to Recognize Food as Constitutional Right

A United Nations expert today welcomed Mexico’s promulgation of a constitutional reform that recognizes the right to food in the country, and urged authorities to implement measures to give all Mexicans access to this human right. continue reading »