News by region: Europe


UN rights experts warn new EU policy on boat rescues will cause more people to drown

17 August – The European Union's new policy on Mediterranean Sea rescues threatens life and breaches international standards, two United Nations independent human experts today cautioned.


Post-election Kosovo entering period of uncertainty that will demand strong leadership – UN envoy

16 August – Following the parliamentary elections of 11 June, which took place without “major irregularities or incidents,” Kosovo has entered a “period of uncertainty” marked by reconfiguring the political landscape and a “functional void,” the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Kosovo Zahir Tanin told the Security Council today.


After four years of conflict, uncertainty lingers for displaced Ukrainians – UN refugee agency

11 August – As the conflict in Ukraine enters its fourth year, nearly 1.6 million internally displaced people are struggling to find safety, adequate housing and access to employment, according to the United Nations refugee agency.


Security Council extends mandate of UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus

27 July – The Security Council today renewed the mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Cyprus for six months, until 31 January 2018, following the recent failure to reach a settlement to the longstanding conflict between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots on the Mediterranean island.


Majority of children fleeing to Europe just want to get away, UNICEF reports

25 July – Facing violence and trauma in Libya and other countries, thousands of children decided to flee by themselves, seeking to get away but not necessarily aiming for Europe, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) today reported.


UN report reveals shocking abuse African migrant women face on their journey to Europe

21 July – The United Nations migration agency today said that perhaps 80 per cent of Nigerian migrant women and girls arriving on Europe's shores in Italy could potentially be sex trafficking victims, spotlighting the horrific levels of abuse and violence migrants face along their arduous journeys for a better future.


UN agency seeks $421M to support alternatives for refugees, migrants crossing to Europe

18 July – The United Nations refugee agency today appealed for about $421.2 million to help improve protection of refugees and migrants crossing the Sahara Desert and the Mediterranean Sea, and to back European countries working to assist asylum seekers.


Not the time for 'blame game,' urges UN Special Advisor on Cyprus

18 July – Speaking to the media following his briefing to the United Nations Security Council, the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide, urged all sides to work collectively and to build on the achievements thus far.


UN human rights expert calls unofficial visit to Belarus ‘first step’ towards cooperation

12 July – An independent United Nations human rights expert back from an unofficial visit to Belarus today said he was hopeful for a dialogue to begin with the country’s Government.


Recognize tragedy of Srebrenica and ensure such atrocities are never repeated, urges UN chief

10 July – Ahead of the twenty-second anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre – the largest atrocity on European soil since World War II – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres urged all to “look honestly” at the past, acknowledge the crimes and the inaction that allowed them to occur and ensure that such atrocities are never repeated.