News by region: Europe


UN chief, Security Council strongly condemn terrorist attack on Manchester concert

23 May – Secretary-General António Guterres strongly condemned yesterday's horrific terrorist attack targeting crowd gathering for a concert in Manchester, the United Kingdom, while the United Nations Security Council held a moment of silence to honor the victims.


Thousands of migrants rescued on Mediterranean in a single day – UN agency

19 May – Nearly 3,000 migrants were rescued trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea, according to the United Nations migration agency, which also reported that more than a dozen rescue operations were under way in the area yesterday.


Challenges can derail Bosnia and Herzegovina from path of stability, Security Council told

18 May – Though Bosnia and Herzegovina has continued its efforts towards membership in the European Union (EU) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), negative incidents could still derail the country from the path of peace and stability, a senior diplomat told the United Nations Security Council today.


Amid 'alarming rise' in obesity, UN study finds one in three European adolescents overweight

17 May – Citing eating habits, physical activity and sedentary behaviours, the United Nations health agency launched a new publication today at the European Congress on Obesity in Portugal which revealed a rising number of obese adolescents in many countries across Europe.


Secretary-General Guterres praises a united Europe as 'fundamental pillar' of strong UN

17 May – Secretary-General António Guterres today stressed that the European Union's contribution is absolutely essential for the United Nations, from support to peacekeeping to protecting human rights, solving conflicts, advancing the agenda for sustainable development and fighting climate change.


UN envoy warns against Kosovo and Serbia trading ‘ethno-nationalist’ barbs

16 May – A flurry of recent intolerant and provocative rhetoric has further damaged the trust between Kosovo and Serbia – a development that must be closely watched – though the situation remains generally stable, the head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Kosovo told the Security Council today.


With barely enough money for food, conflict-displaced Ukrainians struggling to survive – UN

16 May – Two-thirds of internally displaced Ukrainians are struggling financially; many without even enough money for food, according to the latest report by the United Nations migration agency on the situation in the crisis-torn country.


EU an ‘indispensable’ UN partner, working for rules-based international order, Security Council told

9 May – The European Union (EU) has become over the past 60 years of its existence, a “superpower for peace” focused not only on regional stability and security but also on sustainable development for all, which “explains why all our actions, all our initiatives are always taken in full coordination and partnership with the United Nations,” the EU’s senior most diplomat told the Security Council today.


Mediterranean: Coast guard on alert after shipwrecks as smugglers take advantage of calm waters

9 May – About 6,600 migrants and refugees were rescued in the past few days trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea, United Nations authorities have said, as rescuers are on the lookout for up to 245 people missing after two shipwrecks this weekend.


Refugees along Mediterranean crossing may face 'horrendous abuses' at the hands of smugglers – UN

8 May – One person out of every 35 trying to cross the inland sea between northern Africa and Italy in 2017 has died out in the deep waters of the Mediterranean, the United Nations refugee agency reported today, calling for “credible alternatives to these dangerous crossings for people in need of international protection.”