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Internal displacement doubles in Libya since September, UN refugee agency warns

30 June 2015 – According to the United Nations refugee agency, the number of people displaced within Libya has almost doubled from an estimated 230,000 last September to more than 434,000 amid escalating fighting this year in different parts of the crisis-gripped North-African country.


Libya talks 'very positive,' reports UN envoy, pointing towards preliminary political accord this week

29 June 2015 – The United Nations Secretary-General's Special Representative for Libya, Bernardino León, announced today that there is a political agreement amongst the parties on the majority of the elements of the draft proposal they are considering, and he hoped to have them initial it later this week.


As World Heritage Committee opens session, UNESCO urges protection of sites targeted for destruction

28 June 2015 – The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) strongly appealed for the international community to help counter the emerging threat of violent extremism and cultural cleansing, in remarks to the opening of the 39th session of the World Heritage Committee today in Bonn, Germany.


'We have this week,' says UN envoy, urging Libyan parties to quickly reach political solution to end crisis

28 June 2015 – From Morocco where he is facilitating the dialogue among Libyan parties, the United Nations envoy for the North African country has stressed that the coming week should be decisive to reach an agreement on the draft political proposal he recently introduced to bring Libya's diverse stakeholders together and ensure peace and stability.


‘We are getting closer to a solution,’ says UN Libya envoy, opening latest round of talks on ending crisis

25 June 2015 – Previewing what he hopes will be the last round of United Nations-backed political talks on Libya, the UN envoy for the country said today the fact that all the participants in the dialogue have accepted a fourth draft proposal as the basis for a final political solution is “extremely encouraging” that agreement could be reached during discussions over the coming days.


UN Libya envoy meets with armed groups in support of political agreement

23 June 2015 – As part of an overall United Nations-supported effort on the security track of Libya’s national dialogue, the UN envoy for country has met in Misrata with representatives of armed groups, stressing the importance of local ceasefires and reconciliation agreements are welcome developments.


UN warns of ‘record high’ 60 million displaced amid expanding global conflicts

18 June 2015 – The international community is experiencing a dramatic shift in the situation facing the world’s refugees as a global surge in war, conflict and persecution has caused a record number of people to flee their homes in search of safety, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.


As UN-backed talks continue, Security Council calls for political solution to Libyan crisis

17 June 2015 – The Security Council has emphasized the urgency for Libyan stakeholders to reach a political solution to the country’s crisis amid ongoing United Nations-facilitated talks.