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‘Historic’ moment: Palestine takes reins of developing country’s Group of 77

Acknowledging “a long road ahead” on the United Nations ambitious agenda, Secretary-General António Guterres welcomed “the historic leadership of the state of Palestine” as the new Chair of the Group of 77’s (G77). “Palestine and its citizens have first-hand experience of some of the most challenging and dramatic global issues we face” said Mr. Guterres in his remarks at […]

UN welcomes progress in former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia naming dispute

The Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy for the naming dispute between Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Matthew Nimetz, has welcomed the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia parliament’s decision to ratify an agreement on a new name for the latter country, following a dispute that has lasted some 28 years. In a statement, Mr. […]

Migration deal U-turns ‘reflects poorly’ on countries concerned: UN migrant chief

In an exclusive interview with UN News, Louise Arbour, the UN Special Representative for International Migration, said on Tuesday that the stated intention of several countries (including Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic and Austria) to pull out of the Global Compact for migration reflects poorly on them, and has seriously affected the spirit of multilateralism. Ms. Arbour […]

Somalia: UN mission head condemns deadly terrorist attacks in Mogadishu, Galkayo

The top United Nations official in Somalia has “strongly condemned” terrorist attacks in the north-central city of Galkayo and in the Somali capital on Monday, which left a prominent cleric and a number of other civilians dead. Nicholas Haysom, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia and the head of the UN mission there […]

CLIMATE CHANGE FOCUS: Lake Chad trees keep deadly drought at bay

Tens of thousands of drought-resistant trees are being planted with the support of the UN in the Lake Chad region to restore vegetation cover around the lake, help farmers adapt to climate change, and support women’s economic initiatives. Lake Chad – which originally reached from Chad into Nigeria, Cameroon and Niger – has lost 90 […]