News by region: Europe


In Vienna, Ban says UN and Austria will continue cooperation in promoting shared goals

7 December – Kicking off what is likely to be his final overseas trip before leaving office at the end of the month, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived in Austria today, meeting the President-elect, foreign ministry officials, and press in Vienna.


EU-UNICEF #EmergencyLessons campaign supports crisis-affected youth with schooling

6 December – Braving the consequences of war, natural disaster and other emergencies, nearly two million children in 20 countries around the world have been able to continue their schooling over the past four years as a result of a partnership between the European Commission's department for humanitarian aid and civil protection and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).


UN agency urges EU to adopt stronger and more pro-active approach on refugees

5 December – The United Nations refugee agency today proposed far-reaching reforms of Europe’s management of refugees, including the asylum system, recalling that scenes of chaos at borders last year led to a breakdown in the public’s trust in the capacity of governments to manage the refugee challenge and played into the hands of those wishing to turn those fleeing for their lives into scapegoats.


Bulgaria: UN concerned at calls for expulsions following tensions at overcrowded reception centre

29 November – The United Nations refugee agency today voiced concerns over calls for expulsion, on national security grounds, of asylum-seekers after a protest at Bulgaria’s largest and most overcrowded reception centre.


Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders should build on 'substantial' achievements – Ban

23 November – Noting the “best efforts” of the Turkish Cypriot leader and the Greek Cypriot leader at the United Nations-brokered talks held recently in Switzerland, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged them to continue their efforts in line with their shared commitment to do their utmost in order to reach a settlement in 2016.


In Paris, Ban hails support of France during his tenure as UN chief

18 November – In a meeting with the Minister for Foreign Affairs of France, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hailed the leadership of the country in the adoption of the historic Paris Agreement on climate change, last December, as well as for its role in the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


UN expert warns on Turkish government’s ‘draconian measures’ on freedoms of expression

18 November – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of opinion and expression raised concerns over the Turkish Government’s widespread measures to erode independent opinion and freedom of expression in the country.


Kosovo situation yielding ‘fewer results than hoped’ in 2016, UN envoy tells Security Council

16 November – Many of the political expectations with which Kosovo began the year yielded fewer results than hoped, the head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission there said today, expressing hope that next year will see clear progress on political dialogue accompanied by necessary progress at community level.


UN-brokered Cyprus talks to reconvene on 20 November; 'significant progress' achieved

12 November – Following five days of the United Nations-brokered reunification talks that generated “significant progress,” the leaders of the Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot communities have decided to take a recess and reconvene on 20 November.


Positive outlooks mired by divisive rhetoric in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Security Council told

8 November – Briefing the United Nations Security Council, High Representative Valentin Inzko said that though there have been some positive developments in Bosnia and Herzegovina, these have been overshadowed by parties focusing exclusively on the ethnic distribution of the population around the country.