Swiss vote to expel convicted foreigners must not put refugees at risk, says UN

The United Nations refugee agency today called on Switzerland to abide by the policy of no forced returns in order to protect refugees and asylum-seekers amid this week’s vote on expelling foreigners convicted of serious crimes.

Cyprus reunification talks have regained momentum – UN envoy

Talks aimed at reaching an agreement that will lead to the reunification of the Mediterranean island of Cyprus have gathered pace since Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with the leaders of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities earlier this month, the United Nations special adviser on the issue said today.

UN agency welcomes Serbia-Croatia agreement on refugee, return issues

The United Nations refugee agency today welcomed an agreement reached between Croatia and Serbia to resolve their mutual refugee and return issues, and called on the two nations to ensure that it is translated into concrete action.

More action needed to combat non-communicable diseases in Europe – UN meeting

Governments need to pay more attention to the worsening problem of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Europe, representatives attending a United Nations-convened conference said today, calling for measures that reduce risk factors that expose people to these illnesses.

World heritage sites in Cyprus and Italy granted special protection status by UN

A United Nations committee tasked with safeguarding the world’s valued cultural heritage that might be threatened in times of armed conflict has granted enhanced protection status to three sites in Cyprus and another one in Italy, it was announced today.

Kyrgyzstan: UN and partners seek additional funds for humanitarian services

United Nations agencies and their partners in Kyrgyzstan have appealed for an additional $42 million to enable them continue providing humanitarian assistance to more 800,000 people affected by the unrest that rocked southern region of the country in June.

European nations meet ahead of UN forum on non-communicable diseases crisis

In an effort to address the growing problem of non-communicable diseases, representatives from 40 European countries will gather in Norway tomorrow under the auspices of the United Nations health agency to discuss what the region needs to do to respond to the crisis.

Secretary-General to address European security summit in Kazakhstan

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will travel to Kazakhstan this weekend to address the summit of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the United Nations announced today.

Assembly President addresses UN, global governance during visit to France

Issues related to global governance, the Group of 20 (G20) leading economies and Security Council reform were among those discussed by General Assembly President Joseph Deiss during his official visit to France.

At UN, Cypriot leaders agree to intensify contacts to advance peace talks

The leaders of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities agreed today to intensify their contacts to advance progress in the United Nations-backed talks aimed at achieving a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus issue.