Ban welcomes joint request by Colombian Government and FARC to set up UN political office
Jan 20, 2016
The FARC rebels have been in talks with the Government seeking to end a 51-year conflict that has left nearly a quarter of a million victims.
Secretary-General's statement on the 6th anniversary of the Haiti earthquake
Jan 11, 2016
Tomorrow, the United Nations family will mark the sixth anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti and pay tribute to the more than 200,000 victims, including 102 United Nations personnel, who perished in this tragic event.
Haiti: Ban remains concerned over political developments related to the ongoing electoral process
Jan 5, 2016
The Secretary-General recalls that Parliament has not functioned since January 2015
Jamaica at the mercy of climate change
Dec 16, 2015
In Jamaica, the unpredictability of rainfall has made farming procedures more expensive. Drought conditions have eased but another extreme has set in.
Sargassum and Climate Change in the Carribean
Dec 10, 2015
When the paradise habitants saw their white beaches turned into fetid scenarios, alerted authorities, and given the limited effectiveness of the response, they took the initiative and organized them selves in crews to clean public beaches and despite his efforts the situation got worse.
Peruvian women install solar panels and light up their communities
Dec 8, 2015
Five women from Candarave Province, located in Tacna (Peru), travelled to India to be trained and to learn how to install solar panels. The training has enabled 272 families to have electricity and improve their quality of life. Solar panels mitigate the emission of greenhouse gases and allow to address climate change.
Widespread floods affect livelihoods in Guyana
Dec 4, 2015
It is now 10 years since extreme rainfall caused widespread flooding which devastated the coastal lowland areas of Guyana, which is below sea level. Unable to cope with the constant flooding, many families decided they had to leave the Creek for a new life on the coast.
Drought threatens water-truck lifeline in parched northeast Brazil
Nov 26, 2015
Local residents go to the school each day to fill three or four large buckets with water. The distribution runs smoothly, with everybody cooperating and taking home just enough to supply their family’s drinking, cooking and hygiene needs.
Sinking into Paradise: Climate Change Worsening Coastal Erosion in Trinidad
Nov 19, 2015
Trinidad’s south-western peninsula is experiencing rapid erosion. Despite being sheltered from the open ocean, satellite images have shown large portions of it being lost to the Gulf of Paria.
The Sustainable Development Goals and their implications for Latin America and the Caribbean
Sep 25, 2015
The Sustainable Development agenda is crucial for the Caribbean and Latin America in the sense that it places special emphasis on boosting resilience.