On anniversary of World War II massacre, Annan appeals for global tolerance

Using the anniversary of a notorious massacre of Jews and others in Ukraine in World War II to deplore the recent increase in extremism and intolerance, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today made an impassioned appeal for pluralism and mutual respect around the world, decrying those who deny the Holocaust.

Bosnian Serb leader jailed for 27 years after UN tribunal convicts him of war crimes

The United Nations war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia today sentenced a former Bosnian Serb political leader to 27 years’ jail after convicting him of crimes against humanity for his role in the 1990s conflict in the Balkans.

European nations discuss environment, conflict resolution and development in UN debate

The increasing importance of environmental issues, the inherent challenges in conflict resolution and the need to do more to encourage economic development outside the industrialized world were among the key themes during addresses to the United Nations General Assembly today by representatives of five European countries.

Armenia, Azerbaijan address issue of Nagorno-Karabakh in UN Assembly debate

Addressing the United Nations General Assembly on the fifth day of its annual high-level debate, the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan expressed their views on the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan

UN refugee agency computer game beats out Mozart for Austrian award

A United Nations computer game aimed at promoting positive attitudes towards refugees by taking players through the trauma of fleeing persecution and seeking asylum has beaten the world famous composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to garner a prestigious Austrian award for an interactive computer game.

Malta asks UN for greater help in dealing with costs of illegal immigration

Mass illegal immigration from Africa to Europe is causing real hardship for countries such as Malta, the nation’s Foreign Affairs Minister told the General Assembly today as he called for greater support from other United Nations Member States to share the burden.

Security Council holds closed meeting on Kosovo status talks

The Security Council today held a closed meeting on Kosovo at a time when fresh violent incidents have shaken the Albanian-majority Serbian province which the United Nations has run since 1999, and talks to determine its final status – hoped to have been completed by the end of this year – are still at the technical phase.

Multilateralism and the UN are keys to addressing global crises, European leaders say

Multilateralist approaches are essential to tackling the global crises of today, several European leaders have told the General Assembly, arguing for a strengthened United Nations to meet these challenge.

Germany tips UN revival as nations appreciate its indispensability in dealing with crises

The United Nations is set to enjoy a resurgence, even among wavering Member States, as the complexity and number of crises keep rising, Germany’s Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier told the General Assembly today.

Closer regional cooperation stressed by Balkan leaders during General Assembly debate

Strengthening relations between neighbours is essential if the countries of the Balkans are to consolidate the peace achieved over the past decade and continue their fight against such problems as organized crime and corruption, two leaders from the region told the United Nations General Assembly today.