Europe

UN calls for restraint following violence in former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

The United Nations today called for restraint and calm in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia following violence directed at democratic institutions and elected officials.

Chernobyl 31 years on: International cooperation still needed to address consequences, says UN

The United Nations today commemorated the International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day recalling the devastating explosion of 1986 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant which spewed radioactive material to an area stretching 155,000 square kilometres across Belarus, Russia and Ukraine.

UN calls for probe and accountability following possible landmine blast in eastern Ukraine

The United Nations today called for an investigation into a possible landmine explosion in eastern Ukraine after a member of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Special Monitoring Mission was killed and two others were injured.

UNICEF calls for action to prevent more deaths in Central Mediterranean as attempted crossings spike

Noting increases in number of migrants, including children, attempting to reach European shores using the Central Mediterranean route, and consequent rise in number of deaths, the United Nations Children's Fund has called for safe and legal pathways for those who are fleeing conflict, poverty and depravation.

UN agencies welcome EU policy to protect migrant and refugee children

New policy guidance from the European Commission aimed at improving the protection of migrant and refugee children has been welcomed by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the UN refugee agency.

Security Council condemns ‘barbaric and cowardly’ terrorist attack in Stockholm

The United Nations Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the “barbaric and cowardly” terrorist attack which took place in Stockholm on 7 April, and during which at least four people, including a child, were killed and over a dozen injured.

UN refugee agency urges EU States to suspend transfers of asylum-seekers to Hungary

The United Nations refugee agency today called on European Union (EU) members to temporarily suspend returns of asylum-seekers to Hungary, concerned about the country’s new policy of detaining migrants at the border or expelling those not holding the proper papers.

Children in east Ukraine need urgent care to overcome trauma of conflict – UNICEF

More than 200,000 children, or one in four, in the two regions most severely affected by the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine require urgent and sustained psychosocial support to address their traumatic experiences, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said today.

UN condemns deadly Stockholm attack; wants those responsible to face justice

The United Nations today condemned the attack in Stockholm, Sweden, and expressed hope that those responsible for the violence will be swiftly brought to justice.

Those responsible for St. Petersburg metro attack must be held accountable – UN chief Guterres

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned today’s explosion on the metro in Russia’s second largest city of St. Petersburg and underlined need to bring those responsible to justice.