News by region: Europe

Migration and multilateralism will be hallmarks of 2016, says senior UN official

5 February – The world is facing a political, economic, moral and social crisis as governments and communities struggle to provide effective solutions for the unprecedented numbers of people fleeing war, instability or persecution, the top United Nations migration official said today, calling for deceive multilateral action to tackle “the global issues lurking behind today’s vast movement of people.”

UN health agency urges action now in European countries to prevent Zika virus spread

3 February – European countries were called on today by the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) to act early and in a coordinated way to protect the region from Zika virus, just one day after another case was confirmed in the United States.

Ukraine: UN official urges Government to keep checkpoints open for access to medicines, food

3 February – A senior United Nations humanitarian official in Ukraine today called on the Government to keep checkpoints open in conflict-affected areas in the country's east to prevent hardship for thousands of mostly elderly people seeking access to medicines, and food and other items.

As flood of child refugees and migrants into Europe soars, UN calls for enhanced protection

2 February – Child protection systems across Europe are completely overwhelmed as the rate of youngsters in the flood of refugees and migrants has soared to one in three compared with one in 10 less than a year ago, the United Nations warned today, calling for strengthened steps to prevent exploitation and abuse.

Turkey: UN rights chief concerned by actions of security forces and clampdown on media

1 February – The United Nations human rights chief today called on the Turkish authorities to respect the fundamental rights of civilians in its security operations and to promptly investigate the alleged shooting of a group of unarmed people after “shocking” video footage of the event.

UN experts urge Cyprus to address migrant detention conditions, improve overall monitoring

1 February – Cyprus has seen many positive developments concerning the treatment of people in detention, but still faces several challenges, particularly regarding the independent monitoring of places of detention and the treatment of migrants, the UN Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture (SPT) said today after visiting the country.

As refugee and migrant flood into Europe continues, UN and partners seek $550 million for 2016

26 January – With no let-up in the flood of people pouring into Europe as they flee conflict in the Middle East and elsewhere, the United Nations refugee agency and its partners are appealing to donors for $550 million to support the ongoing humanitarian response for 2016.

Confronting bitter winter, UN agency steps up food aid in conflict-affected eastern Ukraine

25 January – With food security expected to worsen in conflict-affected areas of eastern Ukraine during the cold winter months, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today that it would extend its emergency operation to help feed more than 260,000 people until the end of June.

Cyprus: UN chief holds first joint meeting with Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders

21 January – In his first joint meeting with the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged them to “capitalize on the current positive momentum” to reunite the island under a federal government.

UN experts urge France to protect fundamental freedoms while combatting terrorism

19 January – A group of United Nations human rights experts warned today that the current state of emergency in France and the country’s law on surveillance of electronic communications impose excessive and disproportionate restrictions on fundamental freedoms.