World Toilet Day, flush with innovations for safer sanitation — Global Issues

World Toilet Day, flush with innovations for safer sanitation — Global Issues

In line with this year’s theme of accelerating change, innovators have been part of ongoing efforts to address the needs of some of the world’s 3.5 billion people living without safe toilets. From a Nepalese woman who prompted her village to improve hygiene to a fresh game plan launched in…

UN General Assembly debates US embargo against Cuba — Global Issues

UN General Assembly debates US embargo against Cuba — Global Issues

Cuba: Ending the U.S. Economic Embargo – Draft Resolution Voting | UNGA 78 | United Nations 10:58 AM Gabon The Representative of Gabon, Ambassador Aurélie Flore Koumba Pambo, voiced her country’s concern over the continuing embargo. “The scale of its impact is more and more harmful to the Cuban people,”…

UN envoy upholds critical role of elections amid rising gang violence — Global Issues

UN envoy upholds critical role of elections amid rising gang violence — Global Issues

“Elections are the only path and the only imperative to restore democratic institutions in Haiti. Only democracy and the rule of law can form the basis from which Haiti can progress towards development and growth,” she said. The envoy, who also heads the UN Office in Haiti, BINUH, underlined the…

A UN Resident Coordinator blog — Global Issues

A UN Resident Coordinator blog — Global Issues

Earthquakes, hurricanes, volcanic activity and other natural disasters regularly cause destruction and the loss of life in parts of the Caribbean. On the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction marked annually on 13 October, UN Resident Coordinator for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Didier Trebucq and Nahuel Arenas, regional chief…

How youth and forests tackle Honduras’ water crisis — Global Issues

How youth and forests tackle Honduras’ water crisis — Global Issues

Montserrat Xilotl, a Regional Technical Advisor in Climate Change Adaptation for the UN Development Programme (UNDP), explains why. UNDP Montserrat Xilotl, Regional Technical Advisor in Climate Change Adaptation for the UN Development Programme (UNDP). “Forests are nature’s water filters and storage systems. When rain falls, the trees, and vegetation capture…

Guterres welcomes decision to deploy multinational mission — Global Issues

Guterres welcomes decision to deploy multinational mission — Global Issues

Stéphane Dujarric was speaking a day after the Security Council voted to send the non-UN mission to the Caribbean country, where armed groups have taken control of large areas of the capital, Port-au-Prince, and terrorized civilians for more than a year. The UN Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed the development,…

How Costa Rica drafted Latin America’s first ever anti-hate strategy — Global Issues

How Costa Rica drafted Latin America’s first ever anti-hate strategy — Global Issues

“Costa Rican society does not teach us that there are indigenous people in this country,” she said. “It is a form of discrimination, making the existence of indigenous peoples invisible.” Amid an alarming trend of spiraling hate speech and discrimination online platforms, Costa Rica, with UN support, has been designing…

Rights chief calls for international help to provide ‘way out of chaos’ in Haiti — Global Issues

Rights chief calls for international help to provide ‘way out of chaos’ in Haiti — Global Issues

“Every day the lives of Haitian people become even harder, but it is vital that we do not give up. Their situation is not hopeless. With international support and resolve, the Haitian people can tackle this grave insecurity, and find a way out of this chaos,” Mr. Türk said. The…