News in Brief 10 January 2017 (AM) - Geneva

Cyprus talks enter second day

Talks to decide the future of the Cyprus have entered a second day in Geneva.

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Ensuring a “just transition” to the new green economy

Transitioning to a “green” economy will require a buy-in from governments, businesses and employees, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO).

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Barbados Foreign Minister: “We are a government leading by example”

Barbados is “leading by example” in its transition to a green economy, according to Foreign Minister Maxine McClean.

Government buildings are already using renewable energy solutions.

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Educational awareness of challenges facing small island states needed

Young people need to know more about the environmental challenges facing small island developing states or SIDS, according to an activist from Barbados in the Caribbean.

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Secretary-General saddened by death of Barbados Prime Minister

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced his sadness over the death of the Prime Minister of Barbados, David Thompson, and praised the leader's long-standing commitment to democracy and his contribution to advancing the values of the United Nations.

Secretary-General meets Barbadian leader, Middle East envoy

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is holding talks today with the Prime Minister of Barbados, where last night he met with Tony Blair, the new envoy of the diplomatic Quartet on the Middle East, a United Nations spokesperson announced.

UN human rights envoy calls on Barbados not to violate laws by executing prisoner

A United Nations human rights expert has called on Barbados not to execute a convicted prisoner whose execution was scheduled to take place today, saying it would violate the Caribbean island’s international legal obligations.