News by region: Europe

Cyprus: UN envoy ‘optimistic’ about re-start of structured negotiations

30 March – The United Nations Special Adviser for Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide, will return to the Mediterranean island on 6 April 2015 to follow up on the encouraging indications received during his last trip regarding a possible resumption of negotiations.

Despite progress, Georgia needs to do more, says UN expert dealing with torture

19 March – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on torture today praised the Government of Georgia for its positive advances in the treatment of prisoners since the October 2012 parliamentary election but cautioned that “there is still room for improvement and a need for anchoring.”

Ukraine crisis taking heaviest toll on women, children and elderly – UN officials

19 March – Women, children and the elderly are disproportionately bearing the devastating impact of the protracted conflict in Ukraine, which has left five million people in need of humanitarian assistance, senior United Nations officials said today, as they stressed the “grave and urgent need” to scale up international relief efforts.

UN chief urges more global support to resolve Libya crisis as he meets with Italian leaders

18 March – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed the importance of international support as the United Nations seeks to promote dialogue to resolve the crisis in Libya, as he met with senior Italian officials in Rome.

UN ‘disturbed’ at alleged rights abuses by politicians in former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

17 March – The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said today that it is deeply concerned about the prolonged political impasse in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and its human rights implications.

UN proposes ‘bold and innovative’ measures by Europe to reduce lives lost at sea

12 March – The United Nations refugee agency announced today that it has sent a letter to the European Union asking for a robust search-and-rescue operation in the Mediterranean Sea as part of a number of “bold and innovative” solutions to prevent more refugees and migrants losing their lives at sea.

Ukraine: UN aid agency concerned by ‘dire’ conditions facing civilians in conflict areas

10 March – The United Nations refugee agency said today that it is “extremely concerned” about the worsening humanitarian situation in eastern Ukraine, particularly in areas controlled by anti-government forces, with the civilian population in those areas now lacking access to benefits and services previously provided by the central authorities.

Ban says UN-EU strategic partnership key as world faces multiple crises

9 March – The development of a strong partnership between the United Nations and the European Union (EU) is increasingly critical as global crises intensify in complexity and multiply in scope, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today.

Ukraine: 'the road ahead will be difficult' UN political chief tells Security Council in briefing

6 March – As the Security Council this morning met to hear briefings from top United Nations officials on the political, humanitarian and human rights situations in Ukraine, members heard that the eastern part of the country remains “in limbo.”

Ukraine death toll hits 6,000 amid ongoing fighting – UN

2 March – The estimated death toll caused by the continuing fighting in Ukraine has now surpassed the 6,000 mark, the United Nations human rights office confirmed today, amid broader warnings that the country stands on the brink of a “new and very deadly chapter” in its conflict.