News by region: Europe

Ukraine: Security Council meets on situation with sense of ‘urgency and hope’

28 April – As the conflict in the eastern part of Ukraine enters its third year, the United Nations Security Council today met with both a sense of urgency and hope, as described by a senior UN political official.

In address to Austrian Parliament, Ban urges 'cooperative approach' to EU asylum policies

28 April – From its leadership on major United Nations bodies to its peacekeepers in the field, development aid and defence of human rights, Austria is a very important, vital member of the world community, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said during an address to the Parliament of Austria earlier today in Geneva.

PODCAST: Hunting a war criminal from the former Yugoslavia

28 April – Two policemen working for the United Nations in the 1990s who were tasked with tracking down alleged war criminals from the former Yugoslavia have been talking about the “horror stories” they heard from the families of victims.

In Vienna, Ban to discuss how UN can deliver on world’s expectations

26 April – While on a visit to the capital of Austria, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will be leading discussions on how the UN system can work together in unity so that it can deliver on the expectations of the international community.

Chernobyl: with disaster’s effects still being felt after 30 years, UN renews commitment to a safer future

26 April – Marking 30 years since the Chernobyl nuclear accident, senior United Nations officials today underlined the need to take stock of the lessons learned from the disaster and the many problems that still linger, while renewing their commitment to a safer future.

Legal framework key to realizing right to food for the most vulnerable in Poland – UN expert

25 April – An overall legislative framework is critical to ensure accessibility and affordability to food in Poland, an independent United Nations human rights expert said today, urging the Government to strengthen the protection of the right to food especially for small farmers.

Security Council deplores maritime tragedy in the Mediterranean Sea

23 April – The United Nations Security Council has deplored the recent maritime tragedy in the Mediterranean Sea that resulted in up to 500 deaths when an overcrowded boat capsized en route from Libya to Europe, emphasizing the need for better coordination of efforts to deal with the smuggling of migrants.

UN refugee agency says up to 500 lives lost after boat sinks in Mediterranean

20 April – The United Nations refugee agency said today that as many as 500 people may have lost their lives this past week when an overcrowded boat carrying refugees and migrants sank in the Mediterranean Sea at an unknown location between Libya and Italy.

Rights experts urge UN to compensate displaced Roma poisoned in camps in Kosovo

15 April – Two United Nations independent experts today called on the world body to hold the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) accountable for leaving Roma families exposed to lead poisoning in camps for those internally displaced in the territory.

Violence, use of teargas at Greek border 'matter of great worry' – UN refugee agency

11 April – The United Nations refugee agency today expressed concern about yesterday's violence at the border between Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia near Eidomeni and the extensive scenes of teargas in use.