Security Council strongly condemns recent attack at Jewish Museum in Brussels

The Security Council has condemned “in the strongest terms” the recent terrorist attack against the Jewish Museum in Brussels, which resulted in loss of life and injuries and may have had a possible anti-Semitic motivation behind it.

Security Council told of ‘dramatic increase’ in deadly fighting in eastern Ukraine

In the Security Council’s first meeting on Ukraine since the presidential election there, United Nations political chief Jeffrey Feltman said violence in the country’s east has dramatically increased and reiterated Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s call on President-elect Petro Poroshenko to steer the country away from instability.

Pristina, Belgrade continue to ‘narrow remaining differences,’ says senior UN official

Despite a slower pace recently on implanting the aims of the European Union-led political dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council today the two sides have “narrowed their remaining differences,” and that he hopes once elections are complete in Kosovo, the dialogue will resume without delay.

Peace in Azerbaijan urgently needed to resolve protracted displacement– UN expert

The United Nations independent expert on the human rights of internally displaced persons ended his official visit to Azerbaijan with an urgent appeal today for a peaceful settlement to restore the human rights of some 600,000 people who have been displaced for more than two decades.

Ban welcomes ’generally peaceful’ polls in Ukraine, expresses alarm at fresh violence in east

While welcoming the “generally peaceful” nature of Ukraine’s weekend presidential elections, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed concern that eligible voters in some parts of the county’s crisis torn eastern region were not allowed to participate in the national poll.

Shocked UN chief sends condolences to families of victims in Brussels Jewish Museum shooting

Following a shooting today at the Jewish Museum of Brussels which may have been an act of anti-Semitism, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today reiterated his strong condemnation of all forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.

Landslides, disease pose threats in wake of epic flooding in Balkans – UN

United Nations humanitarian agencies today raised concerns about landslides and possible water-borne diseases from the worst flooding in Serbia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina in more than a century, which may have disturbed minefields from the Bosnian war.

Ukraine: amid fresh violence in country’s east, Ban appeals for calm ahead of elections

As violence continues to roil eastern Ukraine, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reiterated today his appeals to all parties ahead of Sunday’s scheduled presidential elections to redouble their efforts to help create the conditions that will allow voters across the crisis-torn country to safely cast their ballots.

Ukraine: UN official cites ‘worsening’ human rights situation in southern, eastern regions

The southern and eastern regions of crisis-racked Ukraine are now awash in weapons and the scene of numerous cases of illegal detentions and abductions, a senior United Nations human rights official warned today, noting that he had discussed with the parties some rights-based and humanitarian de-escalation measures.

Ban expresses concern for flood-hit Balkans as UN scales up disaster response

As the United Nations and its humanitarian partners ramp up disaster response in the Balkans, where heavy rains have led to massive floods and devastating mudslides, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed concern for affected populations in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia desperate for fresh water, medicines, and other basic necessities.