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Thousands of children need assistance three months after Caribbean hurricanes – UNICEF

Three months after two category-5 hurricanes tore through the Caribbean, thousands of children across the region still need support, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Wednesday.

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UN agency helps farmers in Latin America broaden their market horizons

Improving market access, particularly beyond national borders, for family farmers and small and medium agriculture enterprises in the Latin America and Caribbean region can help boost rural development as well as spur inclusive trade, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has said.

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In wake of post-election protests in Honduras, UN chief urges authorities to respect rule of law

Secretary-General António Guterres today called on authorities in Honduras to uphold the rule of law and respect for human rights following the presidential election.

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Migration compact must balance regional, global realities, says UN envoy

A Global Compact on migration has to be “truly global” but it also has to take into account the regional specificities given the very diverse nature of the phenomenon, a senior United Nations official on international migration has said.

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Security Council hails ‘remarkable achievements’ one year after Colombian peace accord

The Security Council on Thursday marked the one year anniversary of the signing and entry-into-force of the peace agreement between the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC-EP).

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UN rights expert calls on Mexico to investigate killing of state-level Ombudsperson

Strongly condemning the attack on a state-level Ombudsperson and his family in Mexico, the United Nations expert on human rights defenders has called on the authorities to investigate the incident and bring the perpetrators to justice.

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At UN, over $2 billion pledged to help hurricane-affected Caribbean nations ‘build back better’

The international community mobilized over $1.3 billion in pledges and more than $1 billion in loans and debt relief to help Caribbean nations recover from the strong hurricanes that pummelled the region a few months ago, during a meeting at United Nations Headquarters on Tuesday.

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‘New and better deal’ needed for climate resilience in Caribbean, UN chief tells donor conference

Caribbean countries need “a new and better deal” – one that includes access to concessional finance and adequate insurance – if they are to build climate resilience, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said Tuesday at an international conference to mobilize support for the reconstruction of communities devastated by a series of powerful hurricanes.

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Wrapping up visit, UN rights chief urges El Salvador to address femicide and abortion ban

At the end of his first visit to El Salvador, the United Nations human rights chief on Friday highlighted the Government's stated commitment to human rights, as well as several issues facing the Central American country, including the highest rate of femicide in the region and the abortion ban that punishes women “for apparent miscarriages and obstetric emergencies.”

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In Colombia, UN political chief urges parties to ‘stay the course’ set out in peace accord

More must be done to ensure that the remarkable gains of the first phase of Colombia’s peace process are maintained, the top United Nations political official has said, wrapping up a visit to the country with an appeal to all Colombians to rally behind the accord, especially to ensure that former combatants are reintegrated into civilian life.

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