Tag: United Nations (UN)

Dominica-Flagged Cargo Ship Sinks In Ukrainian Port City After Russian Attack

ROSEAU — A Dominica-flagged cargo ship sank in the besieged southern Ukrainian port city of Mariupol after being targeted by Russian missile strikes, the vessel’s flag registry said. The Azburg was believed to have been without cargo and at berth in Mariupol when it was initially hit by two missiles on April 3, the Dominica […]

‘Sharp rise’ In Nicaraguans Fleeing To Costa Rica, Strains Asylum System

Around three per cent of Costa Rica’s population is now made up of Nicaraguan refugees and asylum seekers, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on Friday. Doubling in number over the last eight months, the agency now estimates that there are more than 150,000 Nicaraguans who have crossed over the southern border, seeking refuge in […]

Venezuelan Migrants Caught In Limbo As Flooding Impacts Region, UN Says

SANTIAGO — The northern Chilean village of Colchane near the Bolivia border is seeing a fast-developing situation due to unrest among migrants, mostly from Venezuela, who are neither being allowed to enter Chile nor return to Bolivia. The scenario is linked to newly implemented migration legislation that requires migrants to self-report to a border facility […]

Antigua and Barbuda: Luxury Resort Puts Wetland, Healthy Environment At Risk: UN

SAINT JOHN’S — Barbuda’s fragile and biodiverse natural site of Palmetto Point, recognised as a wetland of international importance by the Ramsar Convention, remains at risk, with serious human rights implications, due to the construction of the Barbuda Ocean Club resort, UN experts* said today.  “More than 85 percent of the world’s wetlands have been […]

UN Marks Anniversary of Devastating 2010 Haiti Earthquake

PORT-AU-PRINCE — Paying tribute to all the victims, the UN in Haiti remembered not only the hundreds of thousands of Haitians who lost their lives 12 years ago, but also the many thousands more who sustained permanent injuries. At the time, some 300,000 people were injured, and 1.5 million became homeless during the 35-second-long tremor. Deputy Special Representative […]

As Violence In Haiti Spikes, Aid Groups Struggle To Help

PORT-AU-PRINCE — A spike in violence has deepened hunger and poverty in Haiti while hindering the very aid organizations combating those problems in a country whose government struggles to provide basic services. Few relief workers are willing to speak on the record about the cuts — perhaps worried about drawing attention following the October kidnapping […]

‘People In Need’ In Carib/LatAm Jumped From 9.6M In 2018 To 26.4M In 2021

TEGUCIGALPA — Per the Global Humanitarian Overview 2022, Latin America and the Caribbean has experienced a significant increase in the number of people in need since 2018, climbing from 9.6 million people to 26.4 million in 2021. This increase owes, in part, to the increasing frequency and intensity of sudden-onset disasters and recurrent climate shocks, […]

Tens Of Millions Go Hungry In Caribbean And Latin America, UN Report Finds

CARACAS — Tens of millions are going hungry in Latin America and the Caribbean as the COVID-19 pandemic sharpens a regional malnutrition crisis to its worst levels in decades, according to the United Nations. In just one year — from 2019 to 2020 — the number of people living with hunger in the region rose by 30 […]

St. Thomas (Rock City) Celebrates World Tourism Day Today

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The official celebration of the United Nations World Tourism Organization’s (UNWTO) World Tourism Day 2021 (September 27), around the theme “Tourism for Inclusive Growth”, resonates particularly well in the territory. Especially because of the rich diversity of our peoples and the colorful tapestry of history woven throughout the centuries by the aspirations of several colonial […]

Bahamas PM Concedes Defeat In The Polls Overshadowed By COVID-19

NASSAU — Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Minnis conceded defeat in the general elections on the Atlantic island chain reeling from a surge in COVID-19 cases and slump in the tourism-dependent economy due to the pandemic. Minnis called his challenger Philip Davis to congratulate him and his Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) on winning the poll. “I […]