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58 stories found over the past 45 days
INTERVIEW: "Every conflict has an end, and this conflict... has to come to an end after five years" - UN envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura

30 July 2015 – The Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, has been tasked with reinvigorating an inclusive political process towards ending the crisis in the country, based on the aims set out in the 2012 Geneva Communiqué, which was adopted by the first international conference on the issue and has been endorsed by the UN security Council.


UN mission in Cyprus renewed for six months by Security Council

29 July 2015 – The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) for six months, until 31 January 2016, and welcomed resumed negotiations between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders to reach a comprehensive settlement.


Orangutans face extinction on Borneo where deforestation is ‘simply unsustainable’ – UN

29 July 2015 – The massive conversion of Borneo’s forests for the production palm oil together with the impact of climate change is driving to extinction the orangutan on Asia’s largest island, making it “clear that a future without sustainable development will be a future with a different climate and, eventually, without orangutans, one of our closest relatives,” a new United Nations report revealed today.


At Security Council, Ban and UN special envoy outline ‘way forward’ on political solution for war-torn Syria

29 July 2015 – Describing the more than four years of “slaughter” in Syria as a “shameful symbol of the international community’s divisions and failure,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today appealed to the Security Council to endorse his Special Envoy’s recommendations on reaching the political solution that “all parties claim to support.”


UN mission finds overall environment in Burundi ‘not conducive’ to credible election process

27 July 2015 – While the 21 July election in Burundi that won President Pierre Nkurunziza a controversial third term was relatively peaceful and conducted adequately, the overall environment was ‘not conducive’ for an inclusive, free and credible electoral process, the United Nations Electoral Observation Mission in the country (MENUB) announced today.


Ban welcomes UN Assembly’s endorsement of action plan on post-2015 development financing

27 July 2015 – The United Nations General Assembly today endorsed the new global action agenda for financing sustainable development adopted two weeks ago by a major UN conference, and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the move as a major step that firmly puts the world “on the path to a more prosperous, just and sustainable world for this and future generations.”


Incoming President says main UN economic and social body must evolve and adapt

24 July 2015 – Opening the first meeting of its 2016 session today, the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOSC) elected Oh Joon, of Republic of Korea as its new President, who spotlighted the vital work – for the Council and the wider Organization – as the international community transitions from the landmark Millennium Development Goals to the post-2015 development agenda.


UNESCO calls for investigation into death of Indian journalist

17 July 2015 – The Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, today called on the Indian authorities to investigate thoroughly the death of reporter Akshay Singh in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh on 4 July.


Full-fledged UN peacekeeping mission in Somalia would be ‘high-risk undertaking,’ Security Council told

16 July 2015 – A United Nations peacekeeping mission in Somalia would be a “high-risk undertaking,” considering the threats posed by Al-Shabaab militants and despite advances made by the African Union Mission in the country (AMISOM), a senior UN official told the Security Council today.


UN-backed action plan to improve study of weather and climate in Polar regions takes shape

16 July 2015 – An international action plan to improve predictions of weather, climate and ice conditions in Polar regions has been agreed in an effort to minimize the risks and maximize the opportunities associated with rapid changes in the Arctic and Antarctic environments, according to the United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO).