UN expert postpones Chechnya mission over issue of unannounced visit to detainees

A United Nations expert on torture has postponed a fact-finding mission to Russia, including the troubled region of Chechnya, because of differences over making unannounced visits to detention centres and holding private interviews with detainees.

Increased urban migration in eastern Europe prompts UN shelter agency to open office

The United Nations agency charged with promoting socially and environmentally sustainable housing has opened an office in Warsaw, the Polish capital, to serve central and eastern Europe as the region deals with the urban poverty that has followed rising migration from rural areas to towns and cities.

Secretary-General encourages Russian Federation and Georgia to ‘engage constructively’

Welcoming the peaceful resolution of tensions resulting from the recent arrests of Russian officers in Georgia, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called on all sides to come together and “engage constructively to address existing problems.”

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.