Europe

UN chief lands in Cyprus to usher reunification talks into final stages

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today praised the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders for the significant progress made under United Nations-backed talks on reunifying Cyprus, as he arrived on the Mediterranean island for the first time.

UN marks tenth anniversary of cyanide spill with call for greater vigilance

The tenth anniversary of a massive cyanide spill in northern Romania is a reminder of the need for vigilance to prevent industrial accidents, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) said today.

Secretary-General to visit Cyprus to support intensive talks on reunification

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will travel to Cyprus this Sunday to boost United Nations-backed efforts to reunify the Mediterranean island as the leaders of the two communities continue their intensive talks this week.

Northern Kosovo remains a flashpoint of tensions, top UN envoy warns

Northern Kosovo remains a flashpoint amid continuing tensions between Kosovo Serb and Kosovo Albanian communities there despite a greater understanding over reconstruction of destroyed housing by the communities, the top United Nation official there said today.

Top UN refugee official welcomes Greece’s plans for asylum reform

The top United Nations refugee official today welcomed broad measures announced by the Greek Government to create a modern and effective migration and asylum system that fully respects human rights.

Ban calls on Serbia, Kosovo to focus on regional cooperation, not status issues

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on Serbia and Kosovo, which unilaterally declared its independence two years ago, to find ways to put aside status considerations in the interest of pursuing regional cooperation.

Italy must curb xenophobic attitudes towards migrant workers – UN rights experts

In the wake of last week’s unrest in southern Italy, two United Nations independent human rights experts today called on the European nation’s Government to rein in the rising xenophobic attitudes towards migrant workers.

UN joins in relief efforts for Albanian flood victims

The United Nations is helping Albania respond to flooding in the north of the Balkan country, where more than 4,000 people have already been evacuated from their homes, with up to 20,000 more threatened.

UN nuclear watchdog and European Union reach accord on safeguards

The United Nations nuclear watchdog and the European Commission have reached agreement on arrangements to apply ‘integrated safeguards’ in all non-nuclear-weapon States of the European Union that have significant nuclear activities.

Fashionistas to the fore in UN battle to preserve biodiversity

The United Nations is mobilizing the fashion and cosmetics industries in an “eco-fashion” battle to curb the unprecedented loss of the world’s biodiversity, from the over-harvesting of wild species for their skins or natural fibres to the pollution caused by manufacturing processes.