International alliance of cities commits to tackling air pollution

By |oktober 14th, 2019|Air Pollution, air quality, António Guterres, C40, Copenhagen, environmental protection, Health, National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs), News, World mayors summit|

Poor air quality causes 422,000 premature deaths deaths each year in Europe and EU member states have repeatedly been singled out for exceeding pollution thresholds. At the C40 Summit on Friday (11 October), 35 cities decided to take the matter into th...

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Turkish and Syrian rebel forces to start Syria offensive ‘shortly’

By |oktober 9th, 2019|António Guterres, Donald Trump, Kurds, News, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Syria war, Turkey|

Turkish forces, together with the rebel Free Syrian Army, will cross the Syrian border "shortly", President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s communications director said early on Wednesday (9 October), as a surprise withdrawal of US troops made way for the Turkish incursion.

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UN sets constitution committee for Syria, but hopes to end war muted

By |september 24th, 2019|António Guterres, Federica Mogherini, News, Syria war, United Nations|

The United Nations announced Monday (23 September) the long-awaited creation of a constitution-writing committee on Syria that will include the government and opposition, but it remained to be seen if the step could finally end the civil war.

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Washington sees ‘many options short of war’ with Iran after attacks on Saudis

By |september 19th, 2019|António Guterres, Donald Trump, Houthis, Iran, Iran nuclear deal, Mike Pompeo, News, Saudi Arabia, UN Security Council, United States|

US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday (18 September) there were many options short of war with Iran after US ally Saudi Arabia displayed remnants of drones and missiles it said were used in a crippling attack on its oil sites that was "unquestion...

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Trump says US ‘locked and loaded’ for potential response to Saudi oil attack

By |september 16th, 2019|António Guterres, Donald Trump, Iran, Mike Pompeo, News, Saudi Arabia, terrorism, United Nations, war by proxy, Yemen|

US President Donald Trump said on Sunday (15 September) that the United States was "locked and loaded" for a potential response to the attack on Saudi Arabia's oil facilities, after a senior official in his administration said Iran was to blame.

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As Amazon burns, Brazil’s Bolsonaro tells rest of world not to interfere

By |avgust 23rd, 2019|Amazon rainforest, António Guterres, Brazil, Climate Change, Emmanuel Macron, environmental disaster, forest fires, G7 summit, ILUC, Jair Bolsonaro, News, United Nations|

Amid growing international criticism over the wildfires raging through the Amazon, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Thursday (22 August) admitted farmers could be illegally setting the rainforest ablaze but told foreign powers not to interfere.

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18 EU countries now support 2050 carbon neutrality goal

By |junij 17th, 2019|Angela Merkel, António Guterres, Germany, Jean-Claude Juncker, News, Paris Agreement|

Germany, Greece, Italy and Slovakia have added their names to a growing list of EU countries supporting a carbon neutrality objective for 2050, increasing the chances that a deal will be struck at an EU summit later this week, according to documents se...

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Guterres: European unity vital to avoid new cold war

By |maj 31st, 2019|António Guterres, Charlemagne Prize, Emmanuel Macron, Jean-Claude Juncker, multilateralism, News, United Nations|

UN Secretary General António Guterres on Thursday (30 May) warned Europe must remain united if it wants to avoid a new “cold war” in tumultuous political times. “If you want to avoid a new cold war… if you want to...

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EU voices concern as Libya strongman Haftar orders ‘advance’ on Tripoli

By |april 5th, 2019|António Guterres, Federica Mogherini, Khalifa Haftar, Libya, News, United Nations|

Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar ordered his troops Thursday (4 April) to "advance" on Tripoli, seat of the internationally-recognised unity government, as world powers warned of consequences for military action.

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UN head ‘shocked’ by suffering at migrant camp in Libya

By |april 5th, 2019|António Guterres, human rights abuses, Libya, libyan coastal guard, News, refugee crisis, United Nations|

UN Secretary General António Guterres said Thursday (4 April) he was "shocked" by the level of suffering of migrants at a detention centre in Tripoli which he visited during a visit to the Libyan capital.

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