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Thanks to Emerging Economy, Latin America Seeing Increase in International Tourists

UN report: international tourist numbers expected to hit 1.8 Billion by 2030. The number of tourists travelling outside their countries is projected to reach 1.8 billion within two decades, with emerging economies responsible for the highest growth rates, according to a new report released by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). continue reading »

Hugo Chavez Sends Last Minute Notification to UN, He will Not Address the General Assembly

The last minute notification by Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez that he will not be addressing the UN General Assembly is adding speculation about the state of his health. continue reading »

Bo Derek To Talk Rainforest Protection With Rafael Correa (VIDEO)

Bo Derek is in New York for the UN General Assembly gathering to ask for international support in saving Ecuador’s Yasuní National Park. continue reading »

UN Secretary Set to Visit Latin America This Week

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will depart New York on Friday for a week-long trip that will take the United Nations chief to Colombia, Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil, the world body announced today. continue reading »

UN Voices Concern About Violent Evictions in Argentina

An independent United Nations human rights expert today voiced concern about the increasing rate of violent evictions taking place in Argentina and called for a comprehensive strategy to tackle the country’s housing crisis. continue reading »

Lack of Confidence in Mexican Judicial Issue When Investigating Forced Disappearances

Impunity is still a major concern when it comes to tackling enforced disappearances in Mexico, a group of United Nations human rights experts said today as they outlined recommendations to the Government on the prevention, investigation, punishment and reparation of this crime. continue reading »

Brazil Votes Against Iran at The UN For the First time in a Decade

Not once during his eight years as president did Luis Inácio Lula condemned or imposed sanctions on Teheran, citing those were not “effective instruments” to solve the problems of Iran. continue reading »

Secretary of UN to Visit Guatemala: Peace Building and Impunity on the Agenda

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will travel to Guatemala next week for a three-day visit that will focus on peace building issues and the Central American country’s efforts to combat impunity. continue reading »

UN Warns on International Women’s Day Discrimination Still Lingers

One hundred years after more than a million women poured out onto the streets around the world on the first International Women’s Day, the United Nations used continue reading »

UN Calls for Cheap Transfer Costs for Migrants Sending Money Home

The United Nations agency that promotes the integration of developing countries into the world economy is calling for cheaper ways for migrant workers to send money back home so as to maximize the economic impact. continue reading »

Drinking World Wide Kills 2.5 Million, UN Urging Abstention

The harmful consumption of alcohol kills an estimated 2.5 million people across the world every year, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said in a report unveiled today, urging governments to implement measures to prevent drinking habits that damage health and cause other social problems. continue reading »

U.S. Contributes $125 Million to U.N. High Commission on Refugees

The United States announced an initial contribution of $125 million toward the 2011 operations of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). continue reading »

Number of Cholera Cases in Haiti Starting to Trend Downwards

The number of people dying from cholera in Haiti has been on a downward trend or has stabilized in all ten of the country’s departments affected by the outbreak, the United Nations humanitarian office reported today, adding that the number of hospitalized people has also been decreasing. continue reading »

Hispanic Republican and Chair of Foreign Affair Comm., Ros-Lehtinen, Seeks to Reduce UN Funding

The new chairperson of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, has gone on the record and identified funding to the United Nations (UN) as “a waste of taxpayer dollars.” continue reading »

UN Urges Mexico to Investigate Claims of Missing Migrants, Cite Possible Police Wrong doing

The United Nations human rights chief voiced deep concern over the fate of a group of about 40 migrants who have been missing since they were abducted in Mexico last month, and death threats to a prominent human rights defender assisting other migrants who escaped the kidnapping ordeal. continue reading »

Latin American and Caribbean Unemployment Dropped in 2010

The economic upturn in most Latin American and Caribbean countries in 2010 fueled a .6 percentage point drop in unemployment – from 8.1% in 2009 to 7.5% - and is expected to lead to a further decrease of between 0.2 and 0.4 percentage points this year, the United Nations reported today. continue reading »

Bolivia Appeals to the UN to Legalize Chewable Coca Leaf

Chewing coca leaves has been a common practice among Andean indigenous populations through countless generations, dating back to pre-Colombus times. continue reading »