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António Guterres Sees Hope for United Cyprus

Geneva  (ABC Live):United Cyprus :  A United Nations-supported conference on Cyprus opened in Geneva today, bringing together the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot leaders in a dialogue chaired by Secretary-General António Guterres. Speaking at a press conference during a recess, the UN chief said “it is my hope that there will be a breakthrough” that the people of Cyprus deserve and ... Read More »

Geneva to Host International Conference on Cyprus

Geneva (ABC Live): International Conference on Cyprus :Speaking ahead of an international conference on Cyprus, the United Nations Special Adviser on the country stressed that the coming days would be crucial for the resolution of the remaining matters, and said that while the path ahead is “going to be difficult,” a solution is possible. “It’s going to be difficult because ... Read More »

UNSC Condemns Jerusalem Terrorist Attack

New York (ABC Live):Jerusalem Terrorist Attack :The Security Council has strongly denounced the terrorist attack in Jerusalem yesterday, in which four Israelis were killed and 15 injured. In a press statement issued overnight, the Council “condemned in the strongest terms” the attack and “reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to ... Read More »

World Has 150 Millions Migrant Worker: ILO

New York (ABC Live): At present World has about 150 million migrant workers around the world, according a recent United Nations study, which provides useful labour migration data for policy makers as they seek to make headway on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. “Decision makers will now have real data on which to base their policies,” said International Labour Organization (ILO) ... Read More »

UN Expert to Assess Human Rights Status in Myanmar

New York (ABC Live): Human Rights Status in Myanmar :  An independent United Nations expert will assess the human rights situation in Myanmar starting next week, it was announced, following increasing concerns about civilians in Kachin State and the escalating violence in Rakhine State. “The events of the last few months have shown that the international community must remain vigilant ... Read More »

UN Hopes Things to Change in Syria in 2017

New York (ABC Live); Change in Syria in 2017 : Looking back over the past month, which saw some of the most difficult challenges for humanitarian workers in Syria but which also witnessed evacuations of thousands of civilians from war-ravaged eastern Aleppo, United Nations envoys for Syria said today that things have to change in 2017 and that “it can ... Read More »

UNICEF Issues Diarrheal Diseases Alerts for Syria

New York (ABC Live): 6 January 2017 – Following two weeks with no access to running water for millions of people in and around Damascus due to ongoing fighting near the Syrian capital, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today raised the alarm over a potential increase in diarrheal diseases among children. While private distributors are providing water, Christophe Boulierac, ... Read More »

UN Condemns Baghdad Triple Bombings

New York (ABC Live):Baghdad Triple Bombings : The United Nations envoy for Iraq has strongly condemned today’s triple bombings in Baghdad in which large numbers of civilians were killed and injured. “This is outrageous. Terrorists of Daesh who are steadily losing ground in Iraq are now trying to sow terror and discord. They will fail here as they are failing ... Read More »

Russia,Turkey for Syria Support Earns UNSC Salute

New York (ABC Live):Syria Support : The United Nations Security Council today unanimously adopted a resolution welcoming and supporting the efforts by Russia and Turkey to end violence in Syria and jump start a political process for the war-torn Middle Eastern country. Also in the Russian-drafted resolution, the 15-member Council “takes note of” the documents issued by Russia and Turkey about the agreements the ... Read More »

Guterres Puts Peace First

New York (ABC Live):  On his first day at the helm of the United Nations, Secretary-General Guterres today pledged to make 2017 a year for peace. “On this New Year’s Day, I ask all of you to join me in making one shared New Year’s resolution: Let us resolve to put peace first,” said Mr. Guterres in an appeal for peace. He said ... Read More »