Press releases

  • UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights Karima Bennoune (c), UNFICYP Spokesperson Aleem Siddique (l) and Myelene Bidault, OHCHR Human Rights Officer at a press conference in Nicosia on 2 June 2016. UNFICYP/Juraj Hladky

    02 Jun 2016 - “The current political situation in Cyprus creates many obstacles to the exercise of cultural rights”, said United Nations human rights expert Karima Bennoune at the end of her first fact-finding mission to Cyprus.
  • 29 May 2016 - The confidence that the world places in United Nations peacekeeping is reflected in its massive growth in recent years, in terms of both numbers and complexity. Fifteen years ago, the UN had fewer than 40,000 military and police personnel. Today, more than 105,000 uniformed personnel from 124 troop- and police-contributing countries serve under the blue flag, along with 18,000 international and national civilian staff and UN Volunteers.
  • 03 May 2016 - Human rights, democratic societies and sustainable development depend on the free flow of information.  And the right to information depends on press freedom.  Each year, we observe World Press Freedom Day to emphasize these fundamental principles, to protect the independence of the media and to honour media workers who risk and have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession.
  • 04 Apr 2016 - Mine action is critical for an effective humanitarian response in conflict and post-conflict situations.  This is a central message of the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action.  
  • 30 Mar 2016 - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Elizabeth Spehar of Canada as his new Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP). Ms. Spehar will also perform the function of Deputy to the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus. 
  • 08 Mar 2016 - The Gender Equality Technical Committee (GETC) on the occasion of the International Women’s Day joins in celebration with millions of women around the globe who have been struggling across time and space against all forms of discrimination, exclusion, marginalization, violence and for equal rights and opportunities for all.
  • 24 Feb 2016 - Margot Wallström, Minister for Foreign Affairs, welcomed the United Nations efforts to reach an agreement on the Cyprus issue and acknowledged the role of religious leaders of Cyprus in the reconciliation process at the Parliamentary debate on Foreign Affairs 2016 in the Swedish Parliament this morning, Wednesday 24.2.16.
  • 17 Feb 2016 - In the context of the mandate given to the Technical Committees and in the absence of local experience about federal policing, the Technical Committee on Crime and Criminal Matters organized on the 17th of February at its Joint Contact Room in the buffer zone for its members a seminar on “Policing a federal country: challenges and benefits” with the support of the United Nations. 
  • 16 Feb 2016 - The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Cyprus, Ms. Lisa Buttenheim, on 16 February awarded troops from UNFICYP’s Sector 4 on 16 February with UN medals for their work in Cyprus.
  • UNHCR aids refugees on the Greek Islands (file photo)

    12 Feb 2016 - The first group of asylum-seekers relocated from Greece arrived in Cyprus yesterday afternoon. The six asylum-seekers are from Syria, Iraq and Eritrea and their transfer to Cyprus is part of the EU relocation programme agreed by the European Union institutions and a number of Member States in September 2015.  Under this scheme, Cyprus has pledged to accept the relocation of 440 asylum-seekers from Greece and Italy.

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