December 23, 2014

Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Sixth Session

New York, 17-19 July 2013

Item 5(a): General Debate

Statement by Ms Maria Ioannou, Social Inclusion Officer, Ministry of Labour and Social Insurance 

Cyprus - Disabilities UNMr President

Firstly, Cyprus would like to align itself fully with the statement delivered on behalf of the European Union.  We would also like to highlight the importance of participation of organisations for persons with disabilities in conferences of this high statute. [Read more...]

High-Level Thematic Debate, United Nations General Assebmly 67th Session, New York, June 26 2013

 Statement by H.E. Ambassador Nicholas Emiliou

Madame Moderator

At the outset I would like to thank the panellists for the many interesting points they have raised in their presentations. [Read more...]

UN Women Executive Board, Annual Session, 25-27 June 2013 – Item 6: Pledging event

Statement by Mr Stelios Makriyiannis, First Secretary

New York, 26 June 2013

Mr President

Since its inception in 2010 as the UN’s principal actor for gender equality and the empowerment of women, UN Women has successfully brought together resources and actions towards fulfilling the UN’s objectives in this field. [Read more...]

Joint Statement by the Republic of Cyprus, the Republic of Singapore and the United Arab Emirates on the First Meeting of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals, 14 March 2013

Delivered by H.E. Ambassador Nicholas Emiliou, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Cyprus to the United Nations

Mr. Co-Chairs,

1. On behalf of Cyprus, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates, we would like to welcome the convening of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  This is the first step towards implementing a key decision of our leaders at the Rio+20 Conference last year. [Read more...]

Statement by H.E. Ambassador Nicholas Emiliou, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Cyprus, at the 53rd Plenary Meeting of the UN General Assembly

67th Session of the UN General Assembly, under Item 10 – Return or restitution of cultural property to the countries of origin, New York, 12 December 2012

 Thank you Mr Chairman

The issue of the return or restitution of cultural property to the countries of origin constitutes an area in   which international relations are put to a test — a noble test, I would say — to ensure that cooperation among state and non-state actors can positively affect the lofty goal of protecting the cultural heritage of humankind. [Read more...]

Explanation of Vote after Adoption by the Permanent Representative of Cyprus, Ambassador Nicholas Emiliou – Agenda Item 121 (j): Cooperation between the United Nations and the Economic Cooperation Organization

Mr. President,

Thank you for giving me the floor. In relation to the resolution A/67/L.13 entitled “Cooperation between the United Nations and the Economic Cooperation Organization” just adopted, my delegation wishes to state for the record that Cyprus disassociates itself from the consensus on that resolution [Read more...]

Statement by the Republic of Cyprus, exercising its Right of Reply, at the Third Committee of the 67th Session of the General Assembly, under Agenga Item 69(b) – Human Rights questions, including alternative approaches for improving the effective enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms. New York, 8 November 2012

Delivered by Mr. Stelios Makriyiannis, First Secretary – Third Committee Delegate

Thank you Madame Chair

I take the floor to exercise my country’s Right of Reply to the statement delivered by the distinguished representative of Turkey. [Read more...]

Statement by H.E. Ambassador Nicholas Emiliou, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Cyprus, to the Third Committee of the 67th Session of the General Assembly, under Agenda Item 68(b) – Human Rights questions, including alternative approaches for improving the effective enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms, November 8, 2012

Thank you Mr Chairman

My delegation fully subscribes to the statement delivered earlier by the representative of the European Union.  My own remarks will be confined to specific, national concerns with respect to the grave human rights violations in the occupied part of Cyprus. [Read more...]

Statement by H.E. Mr. Demetris Christofias President of the Republic of Cyprus at the General Debate of the 67th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, New York, 25 September, 2012

Mr. President,

Allow me to congratulate you on your election as President of the 67th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations and express my delegation’s support to you in discharging your duties. I also wish to express my sincere appreciation to your predecessor, H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, for the excellent way in which he conducted the work of the 66th Session of the General Assembly.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Secretary General for his report on the work of the Organisation.

Mr. President,

Cyprus, due to its geographical location and historical ties with its neighboring countries is following closely and demonstrates particular interest in developments in the broader Middle East [Read more...]

Speech by the President of the Republic of Cyprus Mr. Demetris Christofias at the High-level Meeting on the Rule of Law at the National and International Levels – United Nations, 24 September 2012

Mr. Secretary General, Mr. President, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Today’s meeting is held against the background of the recent worrying developments in the world and massive abuses of human rights.

The rule of law is a fundamental principle upon which the European Union is based. As the country currently holding the rotating Presidency of the Union, I wish to highlight that this is a guiding principle of all of the EU’s internal and external action. The European Union’s position will be later presented by President Barroso. [Read more...]