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Political accord remains key to resolving crisis in Libya, Presidency Council Chair tells UN Assembly

22 September 2016 – The Chairman of the Presidency Council of the Government of National Accord of Libya, Mustafa Faiez Serraj, told the United Nations General Assembly today that the political agreement signed by the Libyan parties remains the solution to the current crisis in the North African country.

At UN, European Union and member countries spotlight aid for refugees, conflict mediation

21 September 2016 – Massive displacement across borders has highlighted the power of fear and conflict more clearly than any other challenge, but the European Union’s actions have always been driven by empathy and a readiness to help those in need, its President told the United Nations General Assembly, which also heard several EU member States speak individually.

Saudi Arabia at General Assembly calls for urgent UN reforms to confront world crises

21 September 2016 – The United Nations needs urgent reform to confront the challenges now facing the world, from the Palestinian-Israel conflict and the bloody wars in Syria and Yemen to countering terrorism and tackling the refugee crisis, Saudi Arabia warned the General Assembly’s annual general debate today.

In war on terrorism Egypt’s leader tells UN Assembly UNESCO has cultural role to play

20 September 2016 – Calling terrorism “the cancer of our age […] that breeds the call for extremism and violence in the minds of people,” Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi today urged the United Nations to use cultural ‘weapons’ to eliminate destructive ideologies via access to knowledge, transfer of technology and confronting extremist ideologies.

Libya: UN and partners launch appeal for urgent life-saving assistance in a complex emergency

19 September 2016 – The United Nations and humanitarian agencies in Libya today issued an urgent appeal for $10.7 million to meet life-saving emergency assistance for close to 80,000 people located within the Libyan city of Sirte until the end of the year.

Progress in Libya marred by ongoing volatile security situation and economic challenges – UN envoy to Security Council

13 September 2016 – Although political space has opened in Libya and there is progress in the fight against terrorism, the political divisions underpinning the North African country’s conflict are deepening, a United Nations envoy warned today.

Libya: UN envoy calls for immediate cessation of hostilities in Oil Crescent area

12 September 2016 – Expressing grave concerns over recent fighting in Libya's Oil Crescent area, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for the country and the head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Martin Kobler called on military forces that moved into the area to immediately stop fighting and refrain from any further military escalation.