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Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Sustainable Development Goals bannerThe new year ushers in the official launch of the bold and transformative 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by world leaders last September at the United Nations. The new Agenda calls on countries to begin efforts to achieve 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) over the next 15 years. “The seventeen Sustainable Development Goals are our shared vision of humanity and a social contract between the world’s Continue reading

Statement of the International Syria Support Group

Meeting in Munich on February 11 & 12, 2016, as the International Syria Support Group (ISSG), the Arab League, China, Egypt, the EU, France, Germany, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Oman, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United Nations, and the United States decided that humanitarian access will commence this week to besieged areas, and an ISSG task force will within one week elaborate modalities for a nationwide cessation of hostilities. Continue reading

DPI Syria Update No. 133 – 10 February 2016

UN top humanitarian official urges end to all military actions in northern Syria
Amid reports that over 30,000 civilians have been displaced from Aleppo city and other areas in northern Syria by heavy clashes and airstrikes over the past week, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien urged all parties to immediately halt all actions that might result in civilian loss. Continue reading

Detaining asylum seekers and refugees in offshore detention centres subject to international obligations, despite High Court decision

Following the decision handed down by the High Court of Australia this week in M68/2015, UNHCR affirms its long-standing position that Australia maintains responsibility for the protection of asylum seekers and refugees transferred to offshore processing centres under the existing bilateral arrangements with Nauru and Papua New Guinea respectively, and that any such arrangements must meet the respective countries’ international obligations. Continue reading

Inspired by light: close of the International Year of Light

From the beginning of time, we have been fascinated by light, its magic and beauty. It has inspired many thinkers, scientists, philosophers or artists. In 2015, the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies celebrated all of its applications, raising awareness of their potential to achieve a sustainable future. Continue reading

DPI Syria Update No. 132, 3 February 2016

Special Envoy announces suspension of intra-Syrian talks until 25 February
Five days after the start of intra-Syrian talks in Geneva, Special Envoy de Mistura announced a temporary pause. Speaking at a press stake out in Geneva on 3 February, the Envoy said that he had decided to bring a temporary pause and had fixed the date of 25 February for the next talks. Continue reading