Congratulating Iraq’s football team on its victory in the Asian Cup, the senior United Nations envoy in Baghdad today urged the people of the war-torn country to realize this potential for victory in other aspects of their national life.
The Field Artillery Group, part of the Quick Reaction Force of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) carried out a major live fire training exercise today to hone its skills and expertise.
Warning that a generation of Iraqis could grow up uneducated and alienated, the United Nations today launched a $129 million appeal to ensure that tens of thousands of uprooted children who have fled their homeland can resume their education.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is seeking urgent clarification from Turkish authorities on reports that over 100 Iraqis – some of whom may have been seeking asylum – have been forcibly returned to their country this week.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said that he was “shocked and saddened” over two bomb attacks reportedly claiming the lives of over 50 innocent civilians celebrating the Iraqi national football team’s “inspiring victory” in the Asian Games.
The United Nations Middle East envoy today voiced optimism on recent political developments, most notably the re-engagement of the international community and Israel with the Government of Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today sent a letter to the Prime Minister of the Netherlands inviting the country’s Government to consider hosting the Special Tribunal on the 2005 assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.