Europe

UN creates computer games to boost knowledge of its activities

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has created three interactive games that allow the young - and the not so young - to increase their knowledge of the world body and sustainable development.

Kosovo: UN official says progress towards standards could be reviewed in 2005

The United Nations peacekeeping chief today raised the prospect that Kosovo's progress towards reaching the standards of a normal society - necessary before its future status can be determined - could be reviewed by mid-2005.

UN envoy urges Kosovo to aim for standards of 'normal society'

The senior United Nations envoy to Kosovo today urged the province to reach progress towards recently elaborated standards in order to pave the way for decisions on its future status.

Annan hails charity soccer game for helping global fight against poverty

“It’s time to score goals for development,” United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in a message to tonight’s Poverty Soccer Game, a special match being held in Basel, Switzerland, to raise money for anti-poverty projects in developing countries.

Time will be needed for new political dispensation after Turkish Cypriot voting - Annan

Reacting to reports of the Turkish Cypriot voting, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today said it appeared that it might take some time for a new "political dispensation" to be established.

UN meeting in South-Eastern Europe aims to eliminate human trafficking

With South-Eastern Europe described by the United Nations anti-crime agency as a “high-transit” region for human trafficking, mostly in women and children for sexual exploitation, senior officials from 13 countries in the area will meet next week to launch a training scheme to help police and special investigators tackle the problem.

UN war crimes tribunal restricts Milosevic's phone communications

Former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic and Serbian politician Vojislav Seselj, standing trial before the United Nations war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, can no longer use telephones or personal visits to contact the media because they are candidates in Serbia's parliamentary elections this month.

Universal values more important than ever – Annan

The universal values enshrined in the United Nations Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights more than half a century ago - such as peace, freedom, social progress, equal rights and human dignity - are more important now than ever as they come under attack in a backlash against globalization, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today.

Security Council backs set of written standards for Kosovo

The Security Council today issued its support for a set of written standards launched this week to prepare United Nations-administered Kosovo for final status, including free, fair and regular elections, free media and a sound and impartial legal system.

Middle East Road Map is distressed, but far from dead, says Annan

The Road Map peace plan for the Middle East is in distress, but it is not dead, and a new mood in the region could inspire the leaders of Israel and the Palestinians to get back to the negotiating table, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today.