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What's on at the UN? 7th round of Syria talks closed on Friday

UN Roundup // Politics // July 17, 2017
  • Photo: Intra-Syrian Talks Staffan de Mistura, United Nations Special Envoy for Syria briefs the press on the 
  • last day of the 7th round of the Intra-Syrian talks, Geneva. 14 July 2017. UN Photo / Violaine Martin


The Seventh round of Syria talks closed on Friday at around midnight. UN Syria Envoy Staffan de Mistura was in optimistic mood and announced another round of talks in early September, where there are hopes for more substantive talks on all issues on the table. Staffan de Mistura talked about the four issues, known as "baskets"; governance, elections, a constitution and fighting terrorism.

In the coming week, we can expect an IOM dialogue on migration with Member States and civil society. The overall aim is to agree on a Global Compact for safe, orderly and regular migration (GCM) in 2018.

IOM's Olivia Headon explains the focus of the upcoming meeting:

"Once you've taken your journey, regardless of what has happened... if the community is not ready to embrace you, the journey might have been for almost for nothing....some governments and communities think that the journey is the end of the story but it really isn't."




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