News by region: Europe


Strengthen existing protections to curb negative impact of sanctions, UN rights expert urges EU

23 June – Noting progress made by the European Union (EU) to ensure that its sanctions allow for legal remedy and offer a measure of due process, a United Nations expert has called for further strengthening such measures to ensure that the human rights of those impacted are protected to the greatest extent.


UN chief 'deeply saddened' by the many lives claimed by raging wildfires in Portugal

18 June – 'Shocked and horrified' at the many lives claimed by the devastating fires that hit the Pedrógão Grande region of Portugal, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today expressed his deep sadness and condolences to the Portuguese Government and people.


UN chief praises 'vision, tenacity' of the late Helmut Kohl, chancellor who reunited Germany

16 June – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has lauded the vision and tenacity of the former Chancellor of Germany, Helmut Kohl, who died today at the age of 87.


Ukraine: 750,000 children at risk of losing access to safe drinking water, warns UN

16 June – With the recent escalation of hostilities damaging vital water infrastructure in eastern Ukraine, at least 750,000 children are at imminent risk of being cut off from safe drinking water, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) warned today.


Hundreds of thousands in eastern Ukraine at grave risk after water supplies disrupted – UN aid chief

14 June – Raising alarm over lack of safe drinking water for hundreds of thousands of people on both sides of the so called contact line in Donetsk Oblast of eastern Ukraine since 11 June, the top United Nations relief official today called on all parties to the conflict to abide by their obligations under international law and ensure that civilian areas and infrastructure are not targeted.


Polluted environments kill 1.4 million in Europe annually; UN agencies urge stepped-up action

13 June – As some 1.4 million people in Europe and Central Asia die prematurely each year from polluted environments, United Nations agency heads at high-level meeting call for regional leaders to scale up action to stem environmental deaths and diseases.


Conflict in Ukraine enters fourth year 'with no end in sight' – UN report

13 June – Warring parties in eastern Ukraine have repeatedly failed to implement ceasefire agreements, allowing hostilities to escalate and the cumulative death toll to exceed 10,000 as the conflict entered its fourth year, a new United Nations report reveals.


Iraq: Lives of 100,000 children ‘on the line’ as fighting continues in west Mosul

5 June – Some 100,000 children remain in extremely dangerous conditions in western sections of Iraq’s Mosul city as fighting between Government and terrorist forces continues, the United Nations children’s agency today reported, warning that “children’s lives are on the line.”


UN chief Guterres meets with Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders

5 June – Following a meeting with the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced that they had agreed on the need to reconvene the Conference on Cyprus in June, in line with the 12 January statement of the conference.


UN chief strongly condemns terrorist attacks in London

4 June – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has strongly condemned last night's terrorist attacks in London and expressed solidarity with the people and Government of the United Kingdom in the combat against terrorism and violent extremism.