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Conference on Cyprus off to constructive start but hard work remains, says UN facilitator

On the opening day of the Conference on Cyprus, a senior United Nations official expressed hope that the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders as well as the guarantors – Greece, Turkey and the United Kingdom – have the determination to overcome the challenges and resolve the issues before them. ...

‘Inclusive, equitable and quality education’ at the heart of high-level UN event

Education leaders from around the world convened today at the United Nations to discuss ways to advance action on Sustainable Development Goal 4, which aims to “ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning.” ...

Harness ‘immense’ potential offered by migration, UN officials urge at global forum

Speaking at a major international meeting on migration and development, senior United Nations officials have underlined the need for safe, orderly and regular migration options to ensure that people around the world are not forced to undertake arduous and dangerous pathways in their search for a better future. ...

‘Disproportionate emphasis’ on security would undercut sustaining peace in Sahel – UN deputy chief

The United Nations deputy chief today stressed the need to “avoid a disproportionate emphasis on security” when carrying out a strategy to help Africa’s Sahel region achieve sustained peace and development. ...

International cooperation key to keeping WMDs away from terrorists, Security Council told

The United Nations disarmament chief today called for stronger international cooperation to prevent terrorists from accessing and using weapons of mass destruction, warning that technological advances – such as unmanned aerial vehicles, 3-D printers and the Dark Web – make it easier for terrorist groups to effectively use such weapons. ...

Civilians must not be sacrificed for military victories – UN rights chief, as thousands trapped in Raqqa

Voicing grave concern over the fate of as many as 100,000 civilians &#8220effectively trapped&#8221 in Syria&#39s Raqqa governorate amid the ongoing offensive against Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant fighters, the top United Nations rights official urged all parties to the conflict to enact measures to allow civilians who wish to flee the fighting to do so in safety. ...

Investing in poor children saves more lives per dollar spent, UNICEF study finds

Investing in the health and survival of the most deprived children and communities provides more value for money than investing in less deprived groups, saving almost twice as many lives for every $1 million spent, according to a new study by the United Nations Children&#39s Fund (UNICEF). ...

UN envoy maps out ‘ideal trajectory’ to next round of intra-Syrian talks in Geneva

The United Nations mediator for the conflict in Syria today mapped out what needs to happen in the next two weeks before the next round of intra-Syrian peace talks begins on 10 July in Geneva, Switzerland. ...

UN welcomes major partnership initiative with tech giants to counter terrorism online

A senior United Nations official has called for sustained joint efforts to combat terrorism and welcomed a partnership initiative with tech giants Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube to counter terrorism and violent extremism online. ...

Upcoming Cyprus Conference ‘a unique opportunity,’ says UN negotiator

A fresh round of talks on Cyprus will last &#8220as long as it takes,&#8221 but there are no guarantees of success, the United Nations negotiator facilitating the process said today. ...

UN recognizes young entrepreneurs on Day for micro-, small, medium-sized enterprises

United Nations agencies today launched a new campaign to make it easier for the 70 million unemployed youth to get financing and learn new skills to start a business. ...

UN agency saves 600 stranded migrants in Sahara Desert, but 52 dead in Niger

The United Nations migration agency in Niger has saved more than 600 lives since April 2017 through a new search and rescue operation that targets migrants stranded in Sahara Desert, but 52 did not survive. ...

On International Day Against Drug Abuse, UN urges collective action to realize global commitments

To mark the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, the United Nations is calling on all countries to honour their commitments to address the scourge and to ensure that steps to do so are consistent with human rights and promote equality, peace, security and sustainable development. ...

With hidden lives vital to our own, ‘seafarers matter,’ says UN on International Day

Highlighting the challenges faced by seafarers &#8211 women and men sailing and working aboard ships &#8211 the United Nations International Maritime Organization has called on everyone around the world to show appreciation for their vital contributions. ...

In Haiti, Security Council spotlights opportunities for country’s reform towards stability and development

Wrapping up a three-day visit to Haiti, a Security Council delegation today stressed that it has accomplished the objectives of the mission, including a first-hand look into how best the United Nations could contribute to the country&#39s lasting stability and development. ...

Yemen hit by world’s worst cholera outbreak as cases reach 200,000

Yemen is now facing the worst cholera outbreak in the world, with suspected cases exceeding 200,000 and the number increasing at an average of 5,000 a day, the United Nations warned today. ...

INTERVIEW: Afghans need to see their Government taking the reins – UN envoy

Afghans need to see their Government taking the reins for security in the country, delivering much needed services and creating jobs, says the United Nations envoy to the country, Tadamichi Yamamoto.   ...

More than $350 million pledged for refugees in Uganda; ‘A good start, we cannot stop,’ says UN chief

A &#39Solidarity Summit&#39 for refugees hosted by Uganda has raised some $358 million in pledges, the United Nations announced today. ...

Security ‘number one concern’ of displaced Iraqis seeking to return home – UN study

With three million Iraqis remaining internally displaced across the country, the United Nations migration agency today published findings of a study showing that the decision to return or remain displaced depends largely on how close their home is to the frontline of conflict. ...

UN chief welcomes deployment of regional force to combat terrorism in the Sahel

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed the deployment by the so-called Group of Five (G5) &#8211 Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger &#8211 of a joint force to tackle the threat of terrorism and organized crime in the Sahel region. ...