The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) in Cyprus, Ms. Elizabeth Spehar, this afternoon met the UK's Minister for Europe and the Americas, Mr. Alan Duncan, at UNFICYP HQ in the buffer zone.
Elizabeth Spehar, former Director of DPA’s Policy and Mediation Division, arrived in Nicosia on 13 June to take up her new role as Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus.
All over the world, tens of millions of people are desperately seeking refuge, many of them far from home and even farther from safety. Migrants and refugees face imposing physical obstacles and bureaucratic barriers.
When Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon first appointed me as UNFICYP Force Commander in 2014, I was excited to take on the new challenge. As the first ever female Force Commander of a UN Peacekeeping mission, I was venturing into uncharted territory.
SASG Eide: Good afternoon. We’ve had a thorough and very constructive meeting with the United Nations Security Council, both on the UNFICYP Mission, under the auspices of the Special Representative, Ms. Spehar, and on the Good Offices Mission, which I lead.
UNFICYP joined the wider UN family on 30 May 2016 to mark the International Day of Peacekeepers (officially commemorated on 29 May), when we pay tribute to the men and women who have paid the ultimate price in the service of peace under the UN flag.
Last Saturday, the bicommunal Peace Works Children & Youth Festival held in the buffer zone showcased the great solidarity between civil society organisations as well as groups engaged in peacebuilding and peace education in Cyprus.