News by region: Europe


In Ireland, UN's Ban says strong cooperation key to overcoming global challenges

24 May – Amid an explosion of world conflicts, humanitarian crises and human rights challenges, the international community is enduring a “time of test” which demands strong global cooperation and bold action, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today affirmed.


Senior UN official voices deep concern about human rights challenges in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

23 May – Concern about the shrinking of the democratic space in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, the United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Ivan Šimonović, has stressed the importance of broadening the dialogue that has begun between the Government and the opposition.


UN rights expert urges Armenia to ‘shed light’ on violence against children

19 May – The UN independent human rights expert on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography today urged the Armenian government to devote more attention to the issue of violence against children as well as irregularities in adoption processes, which can amount to sale of children.


UN chief applauds resumption of ‘full-fledged’ talks on Cyprus

15 May – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the resumption of full-fledged negotiations between Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot Leader Mustafa Akinci, the United Nations spokesperson has confirmed.


UN welcomes European Union proposals for ‘visionary’ migration reforms

13 May – The United Nations refugee agency and the world body’s top envoy on international migration have applauded European Union (EU) authorities’ proposals for dealing with refugees and migrants arriving in Europe via the Mediterranean, calling for swift implementation of the reforms “for the urgent purpose of saving lives.”


UN expert calls on Greek Government to ‘urgently implement’ anti-racism measures

12 May – The Government of Greece must implement stronger measures in order to effectively address hate speech and verbal abuse against vulnerable groups including irregular migrants and minorities such as the Roma people, according to a United Nations human rights expert.


Bosnia and Herzegovina must take 'fresh chance' it has been given, Security Council told

12 May – As Bosnia and Herzegovina readies to mark the 20th anniversary of the end of the bloodiest conflict in Europe since the Second World War, it must seize the opportunity to “finally say farewell to the politics of the past” and decisively commit to a new way of doing politics that puts the interests of citizens firmly in first place, the United Nations Security Council heard today.


In phone call with Ukraine President, Ban addresses country’s ongoing crisis

11 May – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has spoken with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and briefed him on his recent discussions in Moscow, a United Nations spokesperson confirmed today.


Mediterranean crisis demands ‘intensive dialogue’ among UN and regional actors, Security Council told

11 May – The Mediterranean migrant crisis calls for collective action focused on the immediate need to save lives or else it will represent “a moral failure of the first order,” one that undermines international law and security, a top United Nations migration official warned today.


Ban ‘alarmed’ by outbreak of violence in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

11 May – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed alarm over the recent outbreak of violence in the city of Kumanovo in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and has extended his condolences to the families of those killed and injured.