UN official joins condemnation of deadly subway bombings in Moscow

The United Nations refugee chief has added his voice to the chorus of international condemnation at this week’s suicide bombings in the Moscow subway system, describing the twin attacks as “an appalling and heartless crime.”

Noting progress, Ban encourages Cypriot leaders to continue efforts to end dispute

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the progress achieved by the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders in their United Nations-backed reunification talks and encouraged them to continue working towards a solution that takes into account the legitimate rights and concerns of both sides.

Security Council and Ban deplore deadly bombings in Moscow’s subway system

Security Council members and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned this morning’s twin suicide bombings in the Moscow subway system that have killed dozens of people and injured scores more.

Claims of asylum inconsistently examined across European Union – UN

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has found that among 12 European Union (EU) nations, there are inconsistencies in the way asylum applications are assessed.

Cyprus: UN signs deal to build new road and allow crossing point to open

Work is set to begin on a new crossing point that will link the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities on the Mediterranean island after the United Nations signed a contract today with a local joint venture.

Gender inequality the focus of Migiro’s visit to Denmark and Spain

Women’s empowerment in the workplace and the wider economy is at the top of the agenda as the Deputy Secretary-General heads to Denmark for the first leg of a two-nation European visit.

Russia needs a greener plan for 2014 Winter Olympics, UN report states

Russian authorities need to better assess the impact of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and tourism projects on the local ecosystem and put in place appropriate mitigation measures, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) announced in a report released today.

UN war crimes tribunal for former Yugoslavia needs more time, says Ban

The United Nations war crimes tribunal set up in the wake of the Balkan conflicts in the 1990s will need more time to complete its work after originally being scheduled to wind down at the end of this year, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.

Cypriot leaders discuss European Union in latest round of UN-backed talks

European Union (EU) issues were the focus today of the latest round in the United Nations-backed process of reunification talks between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders, one of the last meetings before an expected break for elections in the north.

Cyprus: UN envoy refutes media claims of call for special summit

The United Nations official tasked with steering negotiations between Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders on the Mediterranean island’s unification has not called for a so-called “quintet summit” to discuss the 1960 pact guaranteeing Cyprus’ sovereignty, contrary to some recent media reports.