News by region: Europe

Ukraine: UN scales up food assistance in country's crisis torn eastern region

1 July – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today it will scale up its emergency operation in eastern Ukraine to provide 500,000 conflict-affected people in the region with food assistance until the end of the year.

Recalling 'responsibility to protect' UN pays tribute to victims of Srebrenica genocide

1 July – During a high-level commemorative event in New York, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today paid tribute to the victims of the Srebrenica genocide, perpetrated 20 years ago, and which, he said, “will forever weigh on the collective conscience of the international community.”

Fleeing conflicts, record numbers of migrants and refugees crossed Mediterranean so far in 2015 – UN

1 July – War, conflict or persecution forced most of the 137,000 desperate people who made the perilous journey to cross the Mediterranean Sea into Europe during the first six months of 2015, making this primarily a refugee crisis, a new report from the United Nations refugee agency said today.

Michael Møller of Denmark, appointed Director-General of the United Nations office at Geneva

30 June – Michael Møller, of Denmark, was appointed today as Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG) by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

UN envoy welcomes Bosnia-Herzegovina court ruling on sexual violence in conflict

29 June – The Secretary-General's Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict today welcomed the decision by a Bosnian Herzegovinian court to secure conviction for and award compensatory damages to victims of war-time sexual violence, the United Nations confirmed today.

As Cyprus talks continue, UN envoy spotlights 'positive climate' of negotiations

29 June – Substantive negotiations between the leaders of the Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot communities are continuing amid “a positive and results-oriented atmosphere,” the United Nations Special Adviser on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide, has confirmed.

UN agency welcomes European Union measures on refugee arrivals, urges more action

26 June – The United Nations today welcomed a decision by European Union (EU) leaders to assist up to sixty thousand refugees in need of international protection but warned that much more will have to be done to address the root causes of a steadily increasing global refugee crisis.

Europe must uphold values of human rights, democracy, UN chief says in Strasbourg visit

23 June – As global challenges proliferate from Yemen to South Sudan and beyond, the United Nations and Europe must unite in the fight to defend democracy and international solidarity, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today in a sweeping address that touched on issues ranging from the rise of violent extremism to the threat of climate change.

In Europe, UN chief praises Luxemburg’s commitment on development issues

22 June – Currently in Europe, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made an official visit to Luxembourg, where he met with a number of Government officials, including the Prime Minister, Xavier Bettel.

UN cites strong concerns over Hungarian border fence plan that could deter refugees and asylum-seekers

19 June – Two United Nations agencies today expressed strong concerns over Hungary’s plans to build a four-metre high fence along its border with Serbia, with the UN refugee agency saying the wall will “be a further obstacle for people who have fled from war zones like Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq and who desperately need safety and protection.”