Cypriot leaders slated to meet with UN chief in New York next month

The leaders of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities are scheduled to meet with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 18 November in New York as part of the United Nations-backed talks aimed at reunifying the Mediterranean island, the world body announced today.

UN human rights experts appalled by death of Angolan migrant

United Nations independent experts on human rights today voiced concern over the reported death onboard a flight of a man being deported from the United Kingdom to Angola, in the custody of guards for a private security company, after his appeal to remain in the European country was rejected.

Cyprus: 25,000th landmine cleared by UN

The United Nations cleared its 25,000th landmine in Cyprus today, a landmark in efforts to clear the island of the deadly weapons and eliminate barriers between its two communities.

Ban urges Cypriot leaders to maintain peace process momentum

Noting that process to reunify Cyprus has been slow recently, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the Mediterranean island’s leaders to achieve concrete advances in their talks to maintain momentum in the peace process.

Hungarian folk vocalist Márta Sebestyén named UNESCO Artist for Peace

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today announced that it has named Márta Sebestyén, one of the leading voices of Hungarian folk music, as one of the agency’s Artists for Peace.

UN expert urges EU to help ‘overwhelmed’ Greece deal with irregular migrants

Greek prisons are congested and the judiciary under stress as hundreds of irregular newcomers flow into the country daily via neighbouring Turkey, a United Nations independent human rights expert said today, urging the European Union to help Greece deal with the problem of migrants.

Importance of UN, European cooperation tops Ban’s talks with senior EU official

The importance of the cooperation between the United Nations and the European Union on a range of issues, including on the Middle East, topped Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s talks today with a senior EU official in France.

Secretary-General cautions against new ‘politics of polarization’ in Europe

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today warned Europe against a new “politics of polarization,” discrimination and intolerance over immigration, with Muslim immigrants as primary targets, as he delivered major addresses before two of the continent’s leading bodies.

UN and Europe natural allies in tackling poverty and climate change, Ban says

The United Nations and European Union are natural allies in tackling the multiple crises facing the world, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the European Parliament today, as he called for three-fold joint action to fight poverty, confront climate change and eliminate nuclear weapons.

European football leagues to red-card world hunger in UN campaign

Blowing yellow whistles, European football players, coaches and referees at 292 professional clubs will this weekend urge millions of fans filling 146 stadiums to sign a United Nations petition to pressure governments into giving top priority to eliminating world hunger.