The reconstruction of Iraq's second largest city, Mosul, will give the United Nations' cultural agency (UNESCO) a window to revive its fortunes. After the United States pulled out its funding last year, the organisation which was founded after WWII, plunged into turmoil
With the conflict entering its 8th year, the main political actors in Libya are trying to reach a settlement which has the potential to be the solution to the crisis. The latest attempt was done by France in cooperation with other countries.
The four Libyan leaders, Khalifa Haftar, Fayed al-Sarraj, Aguila Saleh Issa, and Khalid al-Mishri attended a conference in Paris in which they announced that they are all committed to holding elections in Libya on 10th of December, 2018.
Rival Libyan delegations have met up in Paris amid a major peace conference which seeks to secure a political roadmap for the country. A Senior advisor for the Government of National Accord (GNA) claimed that the delegations are preparing to hold elections in Libya by 16th September.
Scepticism amongst many as France convenes peace conference seen as risky French-backed push for political settlement in Libya. The conference was attended by the major actors in Libyan politics, including Khalifa Haftar, and Fayez al-Sarraj.