Music-rich Glasgow wins place in UN cultural network of cities

Glasgow has been declared a City of Music by the United Nations culture agency, joining its neighbour Edinburgh on its Creative Cities Network, established to promote social, economic and cultural development.

Ban offers condolences to Spain after deadly plane crash

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is sending a letter of condolence to Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Zapatero after yesterday’s plane crash in Madrid, which killed more than 150 people.

In Georgia, population movements make it difficult to number displaced, UN says

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has noted a substantial movement of populations between South Ossetia in Georgia and Russia’s North Ossetia region, making it difficult to establish the exact number of people displaced by recent hostilities.

International Criminal Court monitoring events in Georgia, Prosecutor says

The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court confirmed today that his Office is analysing information related to alleged crimes committed in Georgia in recent weeks that fall under the Court’s jurisdiction.

UN agencies continue to rush aid to Georgia

The United Nations is continuing to send much-needed assistance to the Georgian city of Gori, most of whose population has fled since the start of the conflict in the Caucasus nation.

UN refugee chief begins mission to Georgia

The top United Nations refugee official arrived today in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, to assess humanitarian operations and meet some of the people displaced by last week’s fighting – now estimated to be around 158,700.

Fresh talks on former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia name issue – UN

The envoy charged with mediating efforts by the United Nations to resolve the long-running dispute between Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia over the latter’s name heads to the region this week for a fresh round of talks.

Georgian peace accord must be fully implemented, Security Council hears

The full implementation of the principles enshrined in last week’s peace plan that ended fighting in Georgia remains the best way to defuse tensions, find a lasting solution to the conflict and allow humanitarian assistance to those in need, the top United Nations political official told the Security Council today.

Toyota among six companies to join UN scheme to cut greenhouse gas emissions

The European branch of the world’s largest car maker, Toyota, today became one of six companies to join the Climate Neutral Network (CN Net), a United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) initiative bringing together organizations which pledge to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

UN seeking nearly $59 million to aid Georgian conflict victims

The United Nations and its humanitarian partners today appealed for $58.6 million to meet the needs for the next six months of almost 130,000 people affected by the recent crisis in Georgia.