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UN effort for eco-friendly sports wins gold with new report on 2006 Winter Olympics

United Nations-backed efforts to promote eco-friendly sports events won another gold medal today with the release of a report showing that the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Torino, Italy, set new records in the quest for environmental sustainability in mass sports.

European Union migration proposals welcomed by UN refugee agency

The United Nations refugee agency today welcomed new proposals from the European Union which emphasize that asylum protection must play a key part of any measures to control migration.

UN war crimes tribunal sentences Bosnian Serb general to life in jail

The United Nations war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia today sentenced a former Bosnian Serb general to life in prison after dismissing an appeal against his convictions for his role in the long siege of the city of Sarajevo during the early 1990s.

Kosovo Albanians, Serbia still ‘diametrically opposed’ on province’s future – Annan

Kosovo’s ethnic Albanian Government and Serbia remain “diametrically opposed” in their views of the future status of the Serbian province, which that the United Nations has run ever since Western forces drove out Yugoslav troops in 1999 amid ethnic fighting, according to Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s latest report on the issue released today.

Hunger strike by accused Serb politician prompts concern from UN war crimes tribunal

The United Nations war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia today expressed grave concern about the actions of Vojislav Šešelj, the Serbian politician who has refused food as he awaits trial on charges of taking part in an ethnic cleansing campaign during the Balkan wars of the 1990s.

Kosovo: pro-independence protesters attack UN headquarters; no injuries

Some 2,000 members of a pro-independence ethnic Albanian group in Kosovo attacked United Nations personnel yesterday in the Serbian province’s capital, Pristina, pulling down a 4-metre tall concrete barricade outside UN headquarters and hurling concrete blocks and an incendiary device at police officers inside.

UN war crimes tribunal partly overturns convictions against Bosnian Serb politician

The United Nations war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia has partly upheld the appeal of a Bosnian Serb politician who had been convicted of persecuting non-Serb civilians during the Balkan wars of the 1990s.

UN tribunal backs earlier decision to quash most convictions of Bosnian Croat general

The United Nations war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia has dismissed a prosecution request to review its appeal decision to quash most of the convictions of a former Bosnian Croat general who had been accused of ordering a massacre of Muslim villagers in 1993.

In new UN-sports partnership, UNICEF races with European swimming for clean water

In yet another partnership between a United Nations agency and a sports organization to raise awareness and funds, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has teamed up with the European Swimming League (Ligue Européene de Natation – LEN) in a race against time to prevent deaths from unclean water.

UNICEF grants award to Moldovan TV programme on sport in child development

A Moldovan television programme highlighting the importance of sports in children’s development, including teaching them about conflict resolution and equality, has won the 2006 International Children’s Day of Broadcasting Award, presented by the United Nations' children’s agency and the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.