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Has the EU-Turkey refugee deal collapsed?

People: Ban Ki-Moon

Paris climate accord to take effect on 4 November

A global agreement to combat climate change will take force after support from European nations sent the accord across an important threshold on Wednesday (5 October), prompting US President Barack Obama to hail it as a "historic day" for protecting the planet.
Global Europe 05-10-2016

Afghanistan seeks aid to rebuild at Brussels talks

World powers meet in Brussels yesterday (4 October) to pledge billions of dollars for Afghanistan until 2020, as fresh Taliban violence underscores the challenges 15 years after the US toppled the Islamist movement.
Global Europe 04-10-2016

Colombia peace deal in tatters, EU stance on FARC group unclear

Colombia is struggling to save a peace deal that stumbled at the last hurdle, when the country’s citizens voted to reject an agreement that would have put an end to decades of conflict.
Global Europe 03-10-2016

Helen Clark: UN needs a well-established leader, not a technocrat

The United Nations need a "well-established leader" capable of working across divisions, and able to mobilise people around the aspirations the member states themselves have expressed for a more inclusive, sustainable world, Helen Clark said in a wide-ranging interview with's editor-in-chief Daniela Vincenti.
Global Europe 27-09-2016

Georgieva close to UN nomination, but obstacle remains

European Commission Vice President Kristalina Georgieva, who doesn’t make a secret of her ambition to run for the post of UN Secretary General, has never been closer to obtaining the nomination of her government. But an important obstacle remains.
Global Europe 26-09-2016

US, European allies call on Russia to save Syria truce

EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini joined the foreign ministers of France, Italy, Germany, the UK and the US on Saturday (24 September) in ordering Russia to take "extraordinary steps" to bring about a truce in its ally Syria. But renewed attacks by Syrian forces on Sunday prompted  stronger criticism by the US.
Enlargement 26-09-2016

Cyprus meeting yields 'roadmap' to reunification

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon pledged yesterday (25 September) to play a greater role in stepped-up efforts to reach a deal on settling the decades-old conflict in Cyprus before the end of the year.

Slovakia becomes fourth EU country to ratify the Paris Agreement

The Slovak parliament today voted today (21 September) to ratify the Paris Agreement, the landmark international treaty in the fight against climate change. After France, Hungary and Austria, Slovakia, who holds the rotating presidency of the EU, is the fourth country to ratify the deal.
Global Europe 01-09-2016

The strongest candidate from Eastern Europe for UN top job is a woman

Bulgarian MEP Ilhan Kyuchyuk calls for the United Nations to recognise that nominating Irina Bokova to be the next Secretary-General is the best way to fulfil principles that the UN agreed upon almost 20 years ago.
Global Europe 26-08-2016

Fico lobbies Putin for Lajcak as UN chief

Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico, who had dinner with Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday (25 August), has lobbied for Russian support for his Minister of Foreign Affairs, Miroslav Lajcak, to become the next UN Secretary-General.
Global Europe 25-08-2016

Report: Cyprus reunification deal taking shape

A website in Cyprus has published what looks like the blueprint of an agreement for the reunification of the island, divided since 1974.
Development Policy 19-08-2016

How the UN could support SDGs with shared value

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) make little sense if the purchasing power of the farmers who produce coffee, cocoa or tea is disregarded, writes Fernando Morales-de la Cruz in an open letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
Global Europe 17-08-2016

Will the UN glass ceiling be shattered this time?

While the contest to select the next UN Secretary-General may not be on a par with the slugging match for the White House, it is beginning to heat up - with some decidedly undiplomatic tactics evident in the campaign to replace Ban Ki-moon, writes Dick Roche.
Global Europe 03-08-2016

EU, US reject UN plan to resettle refugees

The European Union and the United States among other heavy-weight countries have rejected a UN proposal to resettle 10% of the world's refugees annually as part of a new global effort to tackle the worst refugee crisis since World War II.
Development Policy 19-07-2016

Gebrselassie calls for more help for El Niño-hit Africa

Haile Gebrselassie, the world’s greatest-ever long-distance runner, has warned that the world is in danger of “forgetting a huge emergency” in Ethiopia and other African states struggling to respond to shortages after the most extreme El Nino in half a century.
Global Europe 18-07-2016

African Union seeks own solution to South Sudan crisis

The UN is rapidly running out of patience with the president and vice-president of South Sudan, but the Northeast African country's neighbours have still not imposed any new sanctions on it. EurActiv's partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
Global Europe 05-07-2016

Israel approves hundreds of new settler homes after attacks

Israel has approved hundreds of new settler homes in the occupied West Bank, an official said yesterday (4 July), in a move denounced by UN chief Ban Ki-moon and likely to further raise tensions following a series of Palestinian attacks.
Global Europe 01-07-2016

Quartet: Israel settlements and Palestinian incitement must stop

Israel should stop building settlements and the Palestinians should cease incitement to violence, the Middle East diplomatic quartet said in a much-awaited report Friday aimed at reviving peace talks.
Enlargement 01-07-2016

Turkish court frees 2 press freedom campaigners, third still in jail

Turkey released two prominent press-freedom activists from prison on Thursday (30 June) following international condemnation of their detention, but their prosecution on terrorism-related charges will proceed, a lawyer said.
Development Policy 24-05-2016

International emergency assistance requires reform

The present demand for emergency assistance is almost unprecedented, and the World Humanitarian Summit is a golden opportunity to push for much-needed systemic reforms, write Jörn Grävingholt and Benjamin Schraven.
Development Policy 24-05-2016

World leaders discuss tourism's potential to eradicate poverty

According to the World Tourism Organisation (WTO), tourists injected €1.1 trillion into the economies of their destinations last year. Their potential to help developing countries was discussed at a conference in China last week. EurActiv’s partner El País – Planeta Futuro reports.
Development Policy 23-05-2016

World humanitarian summit starts amid hope, hype and fear of empty words

Hundreds of world leaders and politicians will descend on Istanbul on Monday in a nominal attempt to reform the global humanitarian system, despite criticism that their summit is a photo-opportunity that will achieve little.  
Development Policy 23-05-2016

Everything you need to know about the World Humanitarian Summit

Politicians will meet in Istanbul on 23-24 May to debate how to deal with global crises that have been exacerbated by war, climate change and natural disasters. EurActiv's media partner, The Guardian, looks at the main questions surrounding the summit's objectives and organisation.
Global Europe 13-05-2016

Has the EU-Turkey refugee deal collapsed?

The EU was right to postpone visa liberalisation for Turkish citizens until Ankara fulfils its end of the migrant deal, but it is time to work out a viable Plan B in case the deal falls apart, writes Solon Ardittis.