Europe

UN chief urges European Parliament to approve process on Paris Agreement ratification

Addressing the plenary of the European Parliament, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called its members to approve a speedy ratification by the European Union (EU) of the Paris Agreement on climate change and to help lead the world to a better future.

UN refugee agency urges better measures for people crossing contact line in eastern Ukraine

The United Nations refugee agency today called on authorities in Ukraine to help ease the plight of some 26,000 people who cross the dividing line between Government-controlled and non-Government-controlled areas of the crisis-gripped country daily.

A settlement to Cypriot dispute ‘closer than ever before, but there’s still a way to go’ – UN Special Adviser

On 22 August 2014, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced that he had appointed Mr. Espen Barth Eide of Norway as his new Special Adviser on Cyprus, replacing Mr. Alexander Downer of Australia, who had stepped down four months earlier, in April.

Achieving 2030 Agenda will require overcoming rising ‘feeling of chaos,’ Belarus tells UN Assembly

There is a feeling among people today that the world is not “developing within the framework of rational order and common sense” as conflicts and an increasing number of transnational conflicts give rise to a feeling of chaos, the Deputy Vice Minister of Belarus told delegations in the United Nations today adding that such chaos exists side by side with unprecedented interconnectedness and technological progress.

In General Assembly, Denmark calls for greater UN efficiency and transparency

Confronting the daunting challenges that face the world, the United Nations must improve its performance to transform its ambitious agendas on sustainable development and climate change into “real change” that benefits all people, Denmark told the General Assembly today.

UN chief commends Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders on 'remarkable progress'

Following a “productive” meeting today with Mustafa Akýncý, Turkish Cypriot leader, and Nicos Anastasiades, Greek Cypriot leader, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed their joint commitment to intensify efforts even further, in line with their stated desire to achieve a comprehensive settlement in 2016.

Ireland’s migrant past ‘tragic present for so many,’ Foreign Minister tells UN

Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, Ireland’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade today highlighted his country’s response to the ongoing refugee and migrant crisis.

UN is key to achieving development goals and tackling terrorism, Tajikistan tells Assembly

From spurring momentum to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to combatting terrorism and drug trafficking, the United Nations is the crucial element for success, Tajikistan told the General Assembly today.

2030 Agenda should be on ‘the walls of every planning ministry,’ Iceland tells world leaders at UN

Emphasizing that the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is the world’s “common roadmap” to sustainability, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade of Iceland underlined the need to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on time.

In UN Assembly, Liechtenstein denounces Security Council’s ‘shameful indifference’ on Syria

Accusing the United Nations Security Council of “shameful indifference” and “failure” in stopping the mass atrocities committed in Syria, Liechtenstein’s Foreign Minister Aurelia Frick mounted the podium of the General Assembly today to call on the 15-member body to face up to its responsibilities with a change of political culture.