Europe

Milosevic died of natural causes, not murder, UN inquiry confirms

Slobodan Milosevic, the late President of Yugoslavia and accused architect of genocide in the Balkans, was not the victim of murder at the time of his death from a heart attack in March, the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) said today, confirming the results of earlier investigations.

Shadowed by death of UN health agency chief, Assembly ends session

The World Health Assembly, the supreme decision-making body of the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO), wrapped up a session in today in Geneva that was held in a sombre atmosphere because it immediately followed the sudden death of WHO chief Dr. Lee Jong-wook.

With no change in Cyprus positions, Annan proposes extending UN mission

Despite calls from the sides in Cyprus for a renewal of his diplomacy, Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a new report that there has been no evolution in their positions and recommends a six-month extension in the mandate of the United Nations mission (UNFICYP) which has been deployed on the island for over four decades.

UN envoy in Kosovo condemns attack on convoy escorting 2 Serbs

A senior United Nations official in Kosovo today strongly condemned an attack on two Serbian members of a defence team accredited to the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia (ICTY).

Eastern Europe faces challenges in sustainable forest management, UN agency warns

While the rest of Europe is steadily progressing towards sustainable forest management, Eastern European countries are facing many challenges in better managing forest products following the restitution of land from the State to their previous owners, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said warned today.

Kosovo: top UN envoy calls for end to misinformation that could stoke ethnic tension

With ethnically motivated crimes actually declining in Kosovo, the top United Nations envoy there today called for an end to the spread of misinformation about the security of Serbs in the Albanian-majority Serbian province, which the UN has run since Western forces drove out Yugoslav troops in 1999 amid grave rights abuses in ethnic fighting.

Funeral of UN health agency chief Lee Jong-wook set for tomorrow in Geneva

The funeral of Lee Jong-wook, Director-General of the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO), who suddenly died on Monday, will take place in Geneva tomorrow at the Basilique de Notre-Dame.

Europe is getting too fat and needs to eat more fruit and vegetables, UN warns

With obesity posing one of the greatest public health challenges of the 21st century, United Nations agencies warned today that Europeans are in some ways eating worse now than 45 years ago, although agriculture and the right farm policies can promote healthy diets, such as eating more fruit and vegetables.

UN-chaired council on Georgia-Abkhaz conflict meets for first time since 2001

The Coordinating Council of the Georgian Government and Abkhaz separatist met this week for the first time in five years, with the top United Nations envoy in the country calling on both sides to use all existing mechanisms to resolve the conflict that flared into open warfare 14 years ago and forced nearly 300,000 refugees to flee their homes.

UN agencies amass more goals ahead of soccer World Cup

It’s a tale of two goals – soccer goals on the field and United Nations social and humanitarian goals around the world, and how the two can meet.