Hurricane Sandy forces UN to cancel meetingsAgence France-Presse
UNITED NATIONS—The United Nations canceled meetings which Latin American presidents were to attend on Monday as Hurricane Sandy bore down on New York.
“The UN headquarters will be closed at least on Monday because of the threat of the storm,” said deputy UN spokesman Eduardo del Buey.
Guatemala’s President Otto Perez had been due to chair a UN Security Council meeting on women in conflict, which ministers including France’s Women’s Affairs Minister Nadjat Vallaud-Belkacem was to attend.
Bolivia’s President Evo Morales was to have been at the UN headquarters on Monday to launch a campaign to promote quinoa, the high nutrient plant, as a way of helping to solve the global food crisis. Ministers from other South American nations were in New York for the meeting.