EUROPE

News by region: Europe


18 July – The United Nations refugee agency today appealed for about $421.2 million to help improve protection of refugees and migrants crossing the Sahara Desert and the Mediterranean Sea, and to back European countries working to assist asylum seekers.


18 July – Speaking to the media following his briefing to the United Nations Security Council, the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide, urged all sides to work collectively and to build on the achievements thus far.


12 July – An independent United Nations human rights expert back from an unofficial visit to Belarus today said he was hopeful for a dialogue to begin with the country’s Government.


10 July – Ahead of the twenty-second anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre – the largest atrocity on European soil since World War II – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres urged all to “look honestly” at the past, acknowledge the crimes and the inaction that allowed them to occur and ensure that such atrocities are never repeated.


10 July – United Nations agencies today issued a set of recommendations for action to improve the situation of refugee and migrant children arriving and staying in Europe without their parents or caregivers.


9 July – Speaking to the press in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called on all sides to fully respect the ceasefire and underscored the Organization’s support to the country and its people.


7 July – The United Nations today voiced grave concern about the arbitrary detention and arrests of human rights defenders in Turkey and called on the Government to ensure that activists can carry out their work in a safe and enabling environment without fear.


7 July – Secretary-General António Guterres says that he is “deeply sorry” that, despite very strong commitments and the engagement of all delegations, the United Nations-facilitated Conference on Cyprus concluded without reaching an agreement.

Spain’s eviction violated family’s human rights, say UN experts

5 July – By evicting a family with young children from a rented room – without providing alternative housing – Spain violated the right to housing, according to a group of United Nations human rights experts.


UN refugee chief urges greater solidarity with refugees in Italy

1 July – Italy needs more international support to assist the waves of migrants and refugees crossing the Mediterranean, the United Nations refugee chief today urged.


‘Clear understanding’ in ongoing talks between Greek Cypriot, Turkish Cypriot sides – UN

1 July – Secretary-General António Guterres has met with the leaders of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities and their backers at the Conference on Cyprus in Switzerland, saying there is now an understanding of what is needed for a possible settlement on the Mediterranean island.


UN chief urges Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot sides to seize ‘historic’ chance for peace

30 June – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today called on the leaders of the Greek and Turkish communities in Cyprus to grasp “an historic opportunity” to reach a comprehensive settlement to the conflict that has divided the Mediterranean island for more than four decades.


Conference on Cyprus off to constructive start but hard work remains, says UN facilitator

28 June – On the opening day of the Conference on Cyprus, a senior United Nations official expressed hope that the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders as well as the guarantors – Greece, Turkey and the United Kingdom – have the determination to overcome the challenges and resolve the issues before them.


Upcoming Cyprus Conference ‘a unique opportunity,’ says UN negotiator

27 June – A fresh round of talks on Cyprus will last “as long as it takes,” but there are no guarantees of success, the United Nations negotiator facilitating the process said today.


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.

05/Jun
UN chief Guterres meets with Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders

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

04/Jun UN chief strongly condemns terrorist attacks in London
02/Jun Over 40 migrants die of thirst in the Sahara, signalling ‘broadening death trap,’ warns UN agency
30/May Recent tragedies at sea highlight urgency for safe pathways to Europe – UN refugee agency
27/May With Africa in spotlight at G7 summit, Secretary-General Guterres urges investment in youth
26/May Kosovo: UN to create trust fund, following panel report on alleged rights violations by mission
23/May Thousands of migrants rescued on Mediterranean in a single day – UN agency
18/May Challenges can derail Bosnia and Herzegovina from path of stability, Security Council told
17/May
Secretary-General Guterres praises a united Europe as ‘fundamental pillar’ of strong UN
Amid ‘alarming rise’ in obesity, UN study finds one in three European adolescents overweight
16/May
With barely enough money for food, conflict-displaced Ukrainians struggling to survive – UN
UN envoy warns against Kosovo and Serbia trading ‘ethno-nationalist’ barbs
09/May
Mediterranean: Coast guard on alert after shipwrecks as smugglers take advantage of calm waters
EU an ‘indispensable’ UN partner, working for rules-based international order, Security Council told
08/May Refugees along Mediterranean crossing may face ‘horrendous abuses’ at the hands of smugglers – UN
04/May Europe: 24,600 refugee children ‘in limbo’ at risk of mental distress, UNICEF warns
28/Apr UN calls for restraint following violence in former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
26/Apr Chernobyl 31 years on: International cooperation still needed to address consequences, says UN
24/Apr UN calls for probe and accountability following possible landmine blast in eastern Ukraine
21/Apr UNICEF calls for action to prevent more deaths in Central Mediterranean as attempted crossings spike
12/Apr UN agencies welcome EU policy to protect migrant and refugee children
10/Apr
UN refugee agency urges EU States to suspend transfers of asylum-seekers to Hungary
Security Council condemns ‘barbaric and cowardly’ terrorist attack in Stockholm
07/Apr
Children in east Ukraine need urgent care to overcome trauma of conflict – UNICEF
UN condemns deadly Stockholm attack; wants those responsible to face justice
03/Apr Those responsible for St. Petersburg metro attack must be held accountable – UN chief Guterres
31/Mar UN chief Guterres welcomes announcement of adherence to ceasefire in eastern Ukraine

30/Mar UN refugee agency stresses importance of search missions after latest shipwreck in Europe

29/Mar UN health agency highlights importance of measles vaccine amid Europe outbreak

28/Mar  Belarus: UN expert decries Government’s return to mass violence against peaceful protestors

27/Mar UN agency chief urges stronger cooperation to aid refugees’ transfer from Greek islands

23/Mar UN condemns deadly terrorist attack in London; expresses solidarity with UK government and people

17/Mar 

EU-UN cash transfer plan for education aims to reach 230,000 refugee children in Turkey
More than 14,000 asylum-seekers relocated from Greece and Italy, says UN migration agency
Toll on refugee and migrant children continues to mount one year after EU-Turkey deal – UNICEF
10/Mar With fighting near industrial sites, UN expert warns Ukrainians of chemical disaster risk
Turkey: UN report details allegations of serious rights violations in country’s southeast

07/Mar Hungarian law that could detain all asylum-seekers violates country’s legal obligations – UN agency

UN migration agency seeks $25 million to aid families in eastern Ukraine
21/Feb –  At Security Council, UN chief Guterres highlights global significance of a peaceful Europe

20/Feb – UN honours ‘outstanding diplomat,’ Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin, who passed away at 64

18/Feb – At Munich Security Conference, UN chief Guterres highlights need for ‘a surge in diplomacy for peace’

17/Feb – Germany is symbol of tolerance and hospitality for those in need of protection – UN chief Guterres

One million Ukrainian children now need aid as number doubles over past year – UNICEF

16/Feb – New UN report reveals obstacles to combat impunity for conflict-related sexual violence in Ukraine

15/Feb – UN emergency food agency to feed some 220,000 people in conflict-affected Ukraine

12 Feb  – In Turkey, UN chief Guterres discusses Syria, Iraq, Cyprus with President
07 Feb –  Thousands of children out of school as classrooms shelled in eastern Ukraine – UNICEF
03 Feb – Civilians face ‘dire’ situation amid ongoing hostilities in eastern Ukraine, UN warns
02 Feb
Dangerous conditions in Ukraine after heavy fighting shuts down power, water – UNICEF

EU should seek common approach to address tragic loss of life on Mediterranean – UN agencies

Heavy fighting in eastern Ukraine extracting heavy civilian toll, UN Security Council hears