Europe

New adviser to help UN in Kosovo with returnees, reintegration of ethnic minorities

The United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) today welcomed the arrival of a new official to advise it on ways to foster economic development related to the return of displaced persons and the integration of minorities.

In Rome, Annan meets with African leaders to discuss regional concerns

Meeting with several African leaders attending the five-year follow-up to the World Food Summit in Rome, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today expressed hope that conflicts on the continent could be resolved quickly so that a climate conducive to economic development could emerge.

UN needed more than ever in today’s globalized world, Annan says in Geneva

While globalization has changed the challenges facing the United Nations, in today's integrated world, the UN is needed now more than ever, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today, in Geneva, where he was awarded an honorary degree from the institute at which he studied nearly 40 years ago.

UN hails European Union for signing global pact on agricultural biodiversity

The 15 member countries of the European Union (EU) plus the European Community today signed the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture – a move which was immediately hailed by United Nations officials.

UN agency and European Commission join forces to fight health threats

Officials from the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Commission met today in Brussels to advance their joint efforts to tackle tobacco and other health threats.

Annan hails Geneva's contribution to peace and humanitarian action

Arriving in Geneva today, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan hailed the city's legacy of initiatives for peace and humanitarian intervention.

UN tribunal finds witness in contempt for refusing to testify at Milosevic war crimes trial

A prosecution witness who refused to testify at the war crimes trial of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic has been found in contempt of court and could face a substantial fine, imprisonment, or both, the United Nations tribunal said today.

Turkey open to tackling problem of internally displaced persons – UN expert

A United Nations expert just back from a visit to Turkey today reported that the authorities in Ankara are open to tackling the problems faced by the country's internally displaced population.

In Moscow, Annan lauds Putin's diplomacy on regional hotspots

Continuing an official visit to the Russian Federation, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today hailed President Vladimir Putin's diplomacy concerning regional hotspots.

Annan meets young patients at Russian AIDS clinic

Meeting today with young AIDS patients at a clinic in Russia, Secretary-General Kofi Annan stressed the need to galvanize society in response to the epidemic.