News by region: Europe


Situation in Ukraine remains ‘volatile,’ warns senior UN human rights official

29 June – Unless urgent action is taken in Ukraine to separate sides and remove heavy weaponry, wide spread hostilities in the country could re-escalate, a senior United Nations human rights official today warned.


Recalling recent Lesbos visit, Ban urges European leaders to act with ‘compassion and foresight’ on refugee issue

28 June – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged European leaders meeting in Brussels today to act with “compassion and foresight,” and find humane solutions for refugees that not only uphold international law and protect human rights, but also save lives.


In Paris, Ban calls for 'humane solution' for refugees and migrants

25 June – In Paris today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on the countries of Europe as well as the international community at large to work towards a compassionate and humane solution to the problem of refugees and migrants, emphasizing that he counts on the European Union and Britain to continue as strong partners of the UN on development and humanitarian issues.


In wake of UK vote to leave EU, Ban says UN to continue to work with both 'important partners'

24 June – Following the vote in the United Kingdom to leave the European Union, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that the UN looks forward to continuing to work with both “important partners.”


‘Permission-based’ public life regime has nearly paralyzed civic freedoms in Belarus – UN expert

21 June – A senior United Nations expert on human rights in Belarus warned today that several generations have grown up in the country “with no experience of what the words ‘pluralism,’ ‘labour rights,’ ‘free enterprise,’ ‘free artistic creation’ or ‘free media’ mean in reality.”


Visiting Greek island, Ban says refugees' nightmare 'not over,' urging humane approach across Europe

18 June – Visiting the Greek island of Lesbos, which has become migrants' entry point to Europe, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the countries in the region to respond with a humane and human rights-based approach, instead of border closures, barriers and bigotry.


In Greece, UN chief urges global responsibility-sharing for welfare of displaced

18 June – On a visit to Greece, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today discussed the refugee crisis with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, urging States to address the root causes of displacement and more evenly share the responsibility for the welfare of migrants and refugees.


In Russia, Ban spotlights leadership and shared input in advancing global commitments

16 June – Participating in the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighted the importance of translating the various landmark agreements made by the international community during the past year into action as soon as possible.


In Brussels, Ban urges EU Member States to meet development assistance targets

15 June – On the second day of his visit to Brussels, Belgium, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed the opening ceremony of the European Development Days forum and participated in a commemoration for the victims of the March airport bombing attacks in the city.


In Brussels, Ban urges joint efforts against terrorism and in addressing displacement

14 June – In Brussels, Belgium, today, ahead of the start of a forum by the European Commission, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with several European officials, discussing such issues as the need for stronger international cooperation in the face of emerging challenges related to terrorism, and also visited with refugees and volunteers working at a soup kitchen.