UN helps Russian training centre to enhance nuclear power plant safety

Science students from Russia and Ukraine have been taking part in a United Nations-backed practical training programme to enhance the protection of people and the environment against radiation exposure from nuclear power plants while responding to safety and security-related needs.

Leaders quicken pace at UN-backed reunification talks for Cyprus

The Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders are intensifying their United Nations-backed talks aimed at reunifying the Mediterranean island, scheduling two three-day series of discussions next month after a senior UN official said they had made good progress over the past year.

Cyprus: UN peacekeeping mission extended for another six months

The Security Council today renewed for another six months the 45-year-old United Nations peacekeeping mission in Cyprus, citing “a rare opportunity to make decisive progress in a timely fashion” to reunify the Mediterranean island after a history of fighting between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities.

UN official welcomes European Union approval of Internet copyright treaties

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with safeguarding intellectual property rights today welcomed the European Union’s ratification of the so-called Internet Treaties.

UN agency calls on European Union to reinforce refugees’ rights

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today welcomed a new European Union (EU) asylum programme, but urged the body of nations to ensure the rights of refugees are protected.

UN World Court ends public hearings on the question of Kosovo’s independence

Public hearings wrapped up today in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the question of Kosovo’s unilateral declaration of independence from Serbia early last year, with the court now ready to begin its deliberations.

UN official voices cautious optimism on progress of Cyprus reunification talks

The Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders are finding “growing convergence” on many of the issues that have divided the two sides on the Mediterranean island, a United Nations official said today as he expressed cautious optimism that UN-backed talks aimed at reunifying Cyprus will succeed.

Landmark UN climate change conference kicks off in Copenhagen

The highly-anticipated United Nations climate change conference kicked off in Copenhagen, Denmark, today with countries issuing urgent calls for action to curb global warming.

Ban reports ‘solid’ progress in UN-backed Cyprus talks, urges parties to forge ahead

The Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot sides are making headway in the United Nations-backed talks aimed at reunifying the Mediterranean island, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reports, urging the parties to do their utmost to ensure a successful outcome.

UN efforts to boost military confidence in Cyprus have not borne fruit, says Ban

Although the situation in the buffer zone separating the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot sides of Cyprus has remained calm, efforts by the United Nations peacekeeping mission on the Mediterranean island to further talks on military confidence-building measures have not borne fruit, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said.