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Ban calls on G-20 countries to lead sustainable and jobs-rich economic recovery

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on leaders of the world’s biggest economies meeting in Cannes to ensure a global recovery that is sustainable, inclusive and creates real change for those hit hardest.

Deal between Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders is attainable – Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today he is confident that a comprehensive settlement to the Cyprus issue can be reached, following progress made during two days of talks with the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders in New York.

UN agency delivers more aid to quake survivors in Turkey

The United Nations refugee agency reported today it has airlifted more than 100 tons of relief materials into Turkey to assist survivors of last week’s devastating earthquake in the country’s southeast.

Kyrgyzstan: UN calls for greater stability after peaceful presidential poll

United Nations officials today commended the people of Kyrgyzstan for their peaceful conduct of presidential elections yesterday, saying the polls were a demonstration of the people’s support for stability and urging political leaders in the Central Asian country to resolve disputes in accordance with the law.

UN war crimes tribunal jails Serb leader again over contempt of court

The United Nations war crimes tribunal for the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s today sentenced the leader of the Serb Radical Party – already facing trial on charges of crimes against humanity – to 18 months in jail after finding him guilty of contempt of court for a second time.

Cyprus: First day of talks positive and productive, UN says

The Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders have held "positive, productive and vigorous" discussions during the first of two days of talks between the leaders and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, a senior United Nations envoy said tonight.

UN refugee agency begins emergency airlift for quake victims in eastern Turkey

The United Nations refugee agency has launched an emergency airlift to bring tents, blankets and other vital relief supplies for the victims of the deadly earthquake that struck eastern Turkey earlier this week.

Proposed Norwegian law puts indigenous peoples’ rights at risk – UN expert

A United Nations expert urged Norway today to strongly reject the proposal by one of its parties to repeal key laws and policies designed to protect indigenous groups, saying its approval would represent an “enormous setback for the recognition and protection of human rights in the country.”

UN sends aid to earthquake-affected people in Turkey

United Nations agencies said today they have sent relief materials to Turkey to assist those affected by the earthquake that killed hundreds of people on Sunday and damaged thousands houses, rendering thousands of people in south-eastern part of the country homeless.

Azerbaijan wins final vacancy on Security Council

Azerbaijan will become a member of the Security Council for the first time in its history after winning the final vacancy on the 15-member body during voting today in New York.