UN-backed initiative announces deal to sharply lower price of HIV early infant diagnosis

Photo: UNAIDS/D. Kwande 20 July 2015 – A dramatic 35 percent reduction in the price for HIV early infant diagnostic technologies today has been announced by the United Nations-backed Diagnostics Access Initiative, in partnership with Roche Diagnostics. “This agreement with Roche Diagnostics is a powerful step towards ending the unconscionable […]

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Standing NATO Maritime Group One in Romania

20 JUL 2015 CONSTANTA, Romania – Ships assigned to Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1) arrived in Constanta on Friday, 17 July 2015, for a scheduled port visit, ahead of their participation in the Romanian Navy-led Exercise SEA SHIELD 2015, during the Group’s deployment to the Black Sea. Led by […]

OPEC daily basket price stood at $53.99 a barrel Friday, 17 July 2015

Vienna, Austria, 20 July 2015–The price of OPEC basket of twelve crudes stood at 53.99 dollars a barrel on Friday, compared with $54.23 the previous day, according to OPEC Secretariat calculations. (View Archives) The new OPEC Reference Basket of Crudes (ORB) is made up of the following: Saharan Blend (Algeria), […]

IAEA Director General Amano’s Remarks to the Press on Agreements with Iran

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano addressing journalist following agreements with Iran at the Agency headquarters in Vienna, Austria, 14 July 2015. (Photo Credit: D. Calma/IAEA) (As prepared for delivery) Good evening, Ladies and Gentlemen. Two important agreements regarding Iran’s nuclear programme have been concluded today. I am very pleased that […]

Iraq: UN Secretary-General condemns ‘devastating’ bomb attack, which killed over 100 civilians

Street scene in Baghdad, Iraq. Photo: UNAMI/Sanaa Kareem 18 July 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned in the strongest terms the devastating bomb attack perpetrated on 17 July in Khan Bani Saad, an Iraqi town north of the capital Baghdad. “The attack, which comes at a time […]

It is easy to break down and destroy. The heroes are those who make peace and build. – Nelson Mandela

Every year on 18 July — the day Nelson Mandela was born — the UN joins a call by the Nelson Mandela Foundation to devote 67 minutes of time to helping others, as a way to mark Nelson Mandela International Day. For 67 years Nelson Mandela devoted his life to […]

South Sudan: UN official cites will of the people to achieve peace despite ‘bleak’ situation

Children at a protection of civilians site in Juba, South Sudan, run by the UN Mission, perform at a special cultural event in March 2015. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine 17 July 2015 – The outlook for South Sudan is not completely bleak, a senior United Nations has said in Juba, noting […]

Ban condemns deadly car bomb attack in Saudi Arabia

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Mark Garten (file) 17 July 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the car bomb attack perpetrated at a police checkpoint yesterday in Riyadh, the capital city of Saudi Arabia. The driver of the vehicle was killed and the explosion injured two law […]

Spanish PATRIOT detachment looks back on first six months in Turkey

17 JUL 2015 In response to a request by Turkey, NATO Foreign Ministers decided on 4 December 2012 that NATO would augment Turkey’s air defence capabilities in order to defend the population and territory of Turkey against threats posed by missiles from across its border with Syria. Four Allies have […]

Standing NATO Maritime Group TWO makes a port visit to Spain

17 JUL 2015 PALMA DE MALLORCA, Spain – The flagship of Standing NATO Maritime Group TWO (SNMG 2), the German frigate FGS HAMBURG, entered the port of Palma de Mallorca on Wednesday, 15 July 2015, for a routine port visit, during which additional ships from other nations will join the […]

Initial Exercise News Release Trident Juncture 2015

15 JUL 2015 Brunssum, the Netherlands – NATO, Partner Nations and International Organisations (IOs) will participate in Exercise Trident Juncture 2015 in Italy, Portugal and Spain, from 03 October to 06 November 2015. The event, a flagship activity for NATO’s Connected Forces Initiative (CFI) and the largest exercise conducted by […]

Media-Backgrounder Trident Juncture 2015

15 JUL 2015 Exercise Trident Juncture 2015, the Alliance’s most important exercise in 2015 and a flagship activity for NATO’s Connected Forces Initiative (CFI), is the largest exercise conducted by the Alliance since 2002. Trident Juncture 2015 will have two parts: • Command Post Exercise (CPX) for Strategic and Operational […]

Statement on Iran Nuclear agreement

I warmly welcome the comprehensive landmark agreement reached today between Iran and the international community. I commend the parties for their perseverance. This agreement represents a historic breakthrough which, once fully implemented, will strengthen international security. It is critical for Iran to implement the provisions of today’s agreement and to […]

OPEC Basket Price

The new OPEC Reference Basket (ORB) 55.23$ /13.07.2015 Download PDF:data data.csv Introduced on 16 June 2005, is currently made up of the following: Saharan Blend (Algeria), Girassol (Angola), Oriente (Ecuador), Iran Heavy (Islamic Republic of Iran), Basra Light (Iraq), Kuwait Export (Kuwait), Es Sider (Libya), Bonny Light (Nigeria), Qatar Marine […]

UN chief condemns twin suicide bombings in Cameroon

A group of Nigerian refugees rest in the Cameroon town of Mora after fleeing armed Boko Haram attacks. Photo: UNHCR/D. Mbaoirem 13 July 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the twin suicide bombings that targeted the city of Fotokol in the north of Cameroon on 12 […]

Ban urges South Sudan leaders to ‘give up war’ and forge a political agreement

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) at a press encounter with Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, in the Ethiopia capital Addis Ababa. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe 13 July 2015 – Just days after marking the somber fourth anniversary of South Sudan’s independence, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged […]

Central African Republic: UN concerned by decision of authorities to deny refugees vote

The National Elections Authority in the Central African Republic (CAR). Photo: BINUCA/ Dany Balepe Mokosso 13 July 2015 – United Nations agencies voiced concern today about the decision of Central African Republic authorities to deny refugees from the country the right to participate to the presidential election set for this […]

Turkish frigate re-joins NATO’s Counter-Piracy Operation

13 JUL 2015 GULF OF ADEN – Over the weekend, the Turkish Navy Frigate TCG GEDIZ (F-495) re-joined NATO’s counter-piracy Operation OCEAN SHIELD, having previously supported the operation in April. TCG GEDIZ brings experienced Sailors and capabilities relevant to the counter-piracy operation, including an embarked helicopter and boarding team. The […]

NATO Secretary General praises Slovenia’s role in the Western Balkans

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed Slovenia’s active engagement in the Western Balkans and its strong commitment to the Alliance’s collective security during his visit to Ljubljana on Monday (13 July 2015). At a joint press conference with Prime Minister Miro Cerar, Mr. Stoltenberg described Slovenia as “a valued Ally”, […]

NATO Military Leadership sign up to support the UN HeForShe campaign

Demonstrating their strong commitment to gender equality, the Chairman of NATO’s Military Committee, General Petr Pavel, the Secretary General’s Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security, Ambassador Marriët Schuurman, senior NATO military leadership and staff joined the United Nations Women’s HeForShe movement today in making a campaign video. Launched by […]

NATO Secretary General praises Croatia’s role in south-east Europe

In a visit to Zagreb on Thursday (9 July 2015), NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed Croatia’s role in south-east Europe and its contributions to keeping the Alliance strong. Describing the country as “a committed Ally”, he expressed appreciation for Croatia’s participation in NATO missions in Kosovo and Afghanistan, and […]

OPEC daily basket price stood at $55.54 a barrel Thursday, 9 July 2015

Vienna, Austria, 10 July 2015–The price of OPEC basket of twelve crudes stood at 55.54 dollars a barrel on Thursday, compared with $53.78 the previous day, according to OPEC Secretariat calculations. (View Archives) The new OPEC Reference Basket of Crudes (ORB) is made up of the following: Saharan Blend (Algeria), […]

Libya: UN welcomes new political agreement as ‘first step’ towards peace

Special Representative Bernardino León (centre) speaks to Libyan parties meeting in Morocco. Photo: UNSMIL 12 July 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced encouragement at the initialing of a critical agreement between Libyan stakeholders aimed at resolving the country’s political crisis, a United Nations spokesperson confirmed today. The Libyan Political […]

ADDIS: UN chief hails key role of civil society in financing future development agenda

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the Global Civil Society Forum held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on the eve of the opening of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe 12 July 2015 – As Member States press on with efforts to reach agreement on a plan to […]

NATO welcomes Montenegro’s progress toward Euro-Atlantic integration

Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed Montenegro’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Igor Lukšić and Justice Minister Zoran Pažin to NATO headquarters on Tuesday (7 July 2015) to discuss Montenegro’s progress and remaining challenges on its Euro-Atlantic path. Today’s meeting of the North Atlantic Council, attended by Deputy Prime Minister […]

Small farmers can be major actors in reducing agriculture’s carbon footprint – UN agency

Farmers growing lettuce and other vegetables in the highlands of Bevatu Settlement, Nadrau, Viti Levu, Fiji. Photo: IFAD/Susan Beccio 8 July 2015 – Helping farmers adapt to the impacts of climate change can also significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, finds a new study released today by one of the agricultural […]

NATO welcomes Montenegro’s progress toward Euro-Atlantic integration

Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed Montenegro’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Igor Lukšić and Justice Minister Zoran Pažin to NATO headquarters on Tuesday (7 July 2015) to discuss Montenegro’s progress and remaining challenges on its Euro-Atlantic path. Today’s meeting of the North Atlantic Council, attended by Deputy Prime Minister […]

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