UN anti-narcotics chief calls on Russia to improve drug treatment following deadly fire

The chief United Nations anti-narcotics officer today called on the Russian authorities to improve drug prevention and treatment in order to cope with an epidemic of drug abuse and the spread of HIV/AIDS through drug injection, due in large part to a boom in opium production in Afghanistan.

Belarus: UN expert calls for health access for jailed opposition leader on hunger strike

An independent United Nations human rights expert today called on the Government of Belarus to assure access to proper health care for a jailed opposition political leader who has been on hunger strike for the past 49 days.

Serb politician awaiting trial at UN war crimes tribunal agrees to end hunger strike

The Serbian politician who has been on a hunger strike for almost a month as he awaits trial before the United Nations war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia announced today that he will resume eating and accept medical treatment now that the court has reversed an earlier decision concerning his counsel.

Over half Kosovo’s missing accounted for, mostly through body identification –UN

Over half of the more than 5,200 people reported missing in Kosovo after the 1998-99 conflict have been accounted for, mostly through identification of their remains, but concerns for those still missing is one of the most pressing issues in the ethnic Albanian-majority Serbian province, the United Nations mission there said today.

UN labour agency welcomes European Union decision to promote decent work for all

Despite recent years of global growth, the world is not generating enough decent jobs to keep pace with a 40 million annual increase in the labour market, a senior official from the United Nations labour agency has warned, as he welcomed a European Union (EU) initiative promoting employment.

Serb politician on hunger strike ‘holds the key to his health,’ says UN war crimes tribunal

The Serbian politician who continues to refuse food as he awaits trial before the United Nations war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia “holds the key to his health and life,” the tribunal warned today.

Without a comprehensive settlement in Cyprus, Annan recommends extending mission

Faced with the lack of a comprehensive political settlement in Cyprus and concerned about the attitudes of both sides, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today recommended a further six-month extension in the mandate of the UN mission that has been deployed on the island for over four decades.

UN-backed World Cup initiative scores goal for environment

United Nations-backed efforts to promote eco-friendly sports scored another goal for the environment today with a report showing that this year’s World Cup football in Germany more than compensated for the greenhouse gases it emitted through clean energy schemes both at home and abroad.

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.