UN rural development arm partners with Spain to empower the poor

The United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) announced today that it has entered into a six-year partnership with Spain to combat rural poverty in developing countries by empowering the poor to better their circumstances.

Bosnian Muslim army chief temporarily released from jail by UN tribunal

The former head of the Bosnian Muslim forces during the Balkan wars of the 1990s, currently facing trial before a United Nations tribunal on war crimes charges, is being temporarily released from jail and allowed to return to Bosnia and Herzegovina on the understanding that he will go back before the proceedings resume.

Ban Ki-moon welcomes decision by tourism meeting to focus on climate change

As preparations build for next month’s landmark conference on climate change in Bali, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the decision by the World Tourism Organization’s General Assembly to focus on the issue.

Migiro calls for boosting ties between UN and Red Cross, Red Crescent Societies

Hailing the more than 60-year partnership between the United Nations and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the Deputy Secretary-General has called for strengthening the ties between the two bodies to address development, climate change and other pressing issues.

Security Council extends EU Force in Bosnia and Herzegovina for another year

The Security Council today extended for another year the mandate of the European Union Stabilization Force (EUFOR) tasked with ensuring continued compliance with the 1995 Dayton Peace Agreement ending the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Top UN envoy to Kosovo says minority interests will be protected after polls

Voicing regret that many Kosovo Serbs did not participate in general elections at the weekend, the top United Nations envoy to the province today called for talks to ensure that the Serbs and other minority communities are adequately represented in any public institutions.

Chernobyl: UN switches assistance efforts to focus on economic self-reliance

More than two decades after the world’s worst nuclear accident occurred in Chernobyl, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) says it is working to end the “culture of dependency” that had emerged among people living near the site and to promote greater economic self-reliance and prosperity.

Ban Ki-moon welcomes lifting of state of emergency in Georgia

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the lifting of the state of emergency imposed nine days ago in Georgia and stressed the need for a credible election process ahead of presidential polls scheduled to take place 5 January next year.

Europe’s ‘appetite’ for cocaine endangering Africa, warns UN anti-drugs chief

The head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) warned today that security in West Africa is being threatened by criminals who are using the region as a hub for trafficking drugs, particularly cocaine, from South America to Europe.

Top UN envoy in Kosovo says clarity on status is vital for future stability

The Secretary-General’s Special Representative in Kosovo said today that clarity on the future status of the United Nations-administered province is critical for its ethnic communities and to ensuring stability across the wider region in South-East Europe.