The UN Migration Agency appealed on Friday for the immediate liberation of a volunteer and child who remain missing since a gun battle in South Sudan at the weekend that claimed the lives of three agency workers.
United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, Mr. Geir O. Pedersen, Syrian Constitutional Committee Co-Chairs Mr. Ahmad Kuzbari from the Government & Mr. Hadi Albahra from the opposition. Work on drafting a new foundational text for war-torn Syria officially began at the UN in Geneva on Wednesday with representatives from the Government of Syria and the opposition sitting face to face and preparing to discuss the country’s future for the first time in the more than eight-year conflict.
Forty-eight hours before a 150-member Constitutional Committee for Syria meets for the first time in Geneva to try to agree on a new foundational text for the war-ravaged country, UN Special Envoy Geir O. Pedersen on Monday repeated his call for a nationwide ceasefire and the release of prisoners to build trust between belligerents.
Most of the Syrian refugees come from cides and villages from northeast Syria and have witnessed explosions and shelling. “Three out of four are women and children and there are unaccompanied children among these arrivals,” Andrej Mahecic, a spokesperson for the UNHCR told journalists today in Geneva.
“The reasons behind these protests are complex and varied, and it is important not to come to sweeping conclusions,” said Ravina Shamdasani spokesperson for the Office of the UN high Commissioner for Human Rights, commenting on protests and unrest around the world.