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Tests confirm no radioactivity release from incident at UN laboratory

Independent experts have confirmed the initial findings of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that there was no release of radioactive material to the environment after an incident at one of its laboratories earlier this month.

Over 2,000 displaced from Georgia buffer zone register with UN agency

The United Nations refugee agency says that some 2,300 people from villages in the buffer zone between the Georgian town of Gori and the breakaway region of South Ossetia have registered in Gori as internally displaced people.

Secretary-General convenes senior UN staff retreat in Italy

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon opened a retreat today in Turin, Italy, for dozens of senior United Nations officials to discuss how the Organization can best tackle key global challenges, including climate change, the food crisis, human rights and staff safety.

Tensions remain high in Georgia, Security Council hears

The overall situation in and around Georgia’s breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia remains tense, senior United Nations officials warned the Security Council today during a meeting on the latest developments in the Caucasus country.

In Zaragoza, UN spotlights use of nuclear technology to protect water resources

The United Nations agency tasked with promoting safe, secure and peaceful nuclear technologies will be showcasing its efforts to protect the world’s water resources at a major exhibition currently being held in the Spanish city of Zaragoza.

Former staffer at UN’s Balkans war crimes tribunal facing contempt charges

A former prosecution spokesperson at the United Nations war crimes tribunal set up to deal with the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s was today charged with contempt of court for allegedly disclosing confidential information relating to the case of Slobodan Milošević.

Resolving Georgian crisis may be harder after Russian move – Ban

The question of recognition of States is a matter for sovereign States to decide, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today after Russia announced that it had recognized the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, two separatist regions in Georgia.

Top UN refugee official wraps up mission to Georgia, Russia

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres is today concluding a four-day visit to Georgia and Russia, visiting people forced to flee their homes by the conflict that began when heavy fighting erupted on 7 August.

Ban to visit Italy, Switzerland and Spain on official trip starting late next week

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon heads late next week to Italy, Switzerland and Spain on a wide-ranging official visit that will focus on issues that include the global fight against climate change and the importance of water and sustainable development.

UN refugee agency helps Serbia develop new housing for displaced persons

The United Nations refugee agency is working with Serbian authorities and donors to build new public housing for people displaced by conflict and unrest in Kosovo and other regions and close Serbia’s collective centres for refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs).