News by region: Europe


UN condemns deadly terrorist attack in London; expresses solidarity with UK government and people

23 March – Secretary-General António Guterres and members of the United Nations Security Council today extended condolences on behalf of the Organization to the Government and people of the United Kingdom for the loss of life and injuries suffered in yesterday’s terrorist attack in London.


Toll on refugee and migrant children continues to mount one year after EU-Turkey deal – UNICEF

17 March – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned today that one year after the Balkan border closures and the European Union-Turkey Statement, which were aimed at stopping mass migration flows, refugee and migrant children face greater risks of deportation, detention, exploitation and deprivation.


More than 14,000 asylum-seekers relocated from Greece and Italy, says UN migration agency

17 March – European Union countries have welcomed more than 14,000 asylum-seekers from Greece and Italy since October 2015, the United Nations migration agency today announced, encouraging EU member states to follow through on their commitments.


EU-UN cash transfer plan for education aims to reach 230,000 refugee children in Turkey

17 March – The European Union and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have launched a large-scale cash transfer project to increase the number of refugee children attending school in Turkey.


Europe, Central Asia 'transitioning' to new nutrition challenges, cautions UN agency

14 March – Warning that new consumption patterns in Europe and Central Asian countries are leading to complex health challenges, the United Nations food security agency today called for policies tailored to the income and nutrition profile of these developed countries to prevent them from “transitioning” to new forms of food and nutrition insecurity.


With fighting near industrial sites, UN expert warns Ukrainians of chemical disaster risk

10 March – Unless the fighting in eastern Ukraine is stopped and precautions are taken to secure industrial facilities in the area, the armed conflict could lead to a catastrophic chemical disaster, an independent United Nations human rights expert today warned.


Turkey: UN report details allegations of serious rights violations in country's southeast

10 March – The UN human rights office today published a report detailing allegations of massive destruction, killings and numerous other serious human rights violations committed between July 2015 and December 2016 in southeast Turkey.


Hungarian law that could detain all asylum-seekers violates country's legal obligations – UN agency

7 March – The United Nations refugee agency voiced deep concerned at a new law voted today by the Hungarian Parliament that could lead to mandatory detention of all asylum-seekers, including many children – for the entire length of the asylum procedure – and warned that it would have a terrible impact on people who have already suffered greatly.


UN migration agency seeks $25 million to aid families in eastern Ukraine

7 March – To meet the emergency needs of 180,000 people in eastern Ukraine, the United Nations migration agency today announced plans to provide aid ranging from blankets to money to cover electricity costs and psychological support at a cost of $25 million.


With virtual and augmented reality, UN ‘ideas forum’ to explore collaboration on Global Goals

28 February – Policy makers, activists and private sector representatives from over 80 countries will join gaming experts and simulators tomorrow in Bonn, Germany, at the start of the first “playable” sustainable development conference organized by the United Nations and partners.