UN agency appeals to Kazakhstan not to deport arrested Uzbek refugee

Expressing concern about an Uzbek refugee arrested by Kazakh security agents last week in the capital Almaty, allegedly at the request of Uzbekistan, the United Nations refugee agency today appealed to the Government not to deport him but to allow the agency access and provide further information.

Balkan countries must do more to help Roma, refugees and displaced people – UN report

Balkan countries aspiring to join the European Union (EU) must do more to help Roma, refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs), but assistance must target the whole community or risk isolating these impoverished and marginalized groups further, according to a new United Nations report.

Annan, General Assembly welcome Montenegro as 192nd UN Member State

Lauding the non-violent and democratic process that gained Montenegro its independence from Serbia only five weeks ago, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed the United Nations’ 192nd Member, as its flag, a golden double eagle on a red field, was raised at the world organization’s Headquarters in New York.

Top UN official to assess prospects for Cyprus settlement in upcoming regional visit

The top United Nations political officer will travel to Cyprus, Greece and Turkey at the beginning of July to discuss the possibility of resuming talks aimed at reaching a comprehensive settlement on the divided island.

UN tribunal seeks arrest of Bosnian Serb leader wanted for contempt of court

The United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) today issued an arrest warrant against Branko Djeric, a former Prime Minister of Republika Srpska, the Bosnian Serb-dominated entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina, to face charges of contempt of court.

Belgian tennis star will spearhead UN efforts against doping in sports

Fresh from her most recent victory at the French Open, Belgian tennis star Justine Hénin-Hardenne was today enlisted to promote the fight against doping in sports by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which appointed her one of its Champions for Sport.

UN drug chief sounds alarm over European cocaine consumption, Afghan opium

Cocaine consumption in Western Europe is reaching alarming levels while opium production in Afghanistan could rise again this year despite a welcome decline in 2005, but overall the world drug problem is being contained, according to a new United Nations report released today.

Root causes of violence against women in Sweden remain: UN expert

Describing the “gender equality experience” in Sweden as being a “contradictory process,” a United Nations rights expert has said that the root causes of violence against women in the country have remain unchallenged and become normalized despite an impressive amount of legislation aimed at stamping out the problem.

Montenegro gains Security Council endorsement for UN membership

The Security Council today endorsed the newly independent Republic of Montenegro’s bid to join the United Nations, bringing the world body one step closer to admitting its 192nd Member.

UN official says European youth summit marks start of new journey for peace

A senior United Nations official praised young European leaders for their commitment to making world peace and prosperity a reality at the closing of a leadership conference in Vienna today.