Europe

Ban and senior Serbian official discuss Kosovo at UN Headquarters

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Foreign Minister of Serbia, Vuk Jeremic, met today at United Nations Headquarters in New York, where they discussed questions related to Kosovo as well as a planned high-level meeting on disarmament.

New UN-backed information centre to boost law enforcement in Cyprus

The Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities today set up a United Nations-backed centre where they can exchange information on matters related to thefts, murders, trafficking and other crimes on both sides of the Mediterranean island.

Cypriot leaders resume UN-backed discussions

The leaders of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities of Cyprus today held another round of talks on the issue of property, part of a United Nations-facilitated process aimed at reunifying the Mediterranean island.

Assassination of Greek journalist sparks condemnation from UNESCO

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with upholding press freedom today condemned the murder of an investigative reporter in Greece who was gunned down outside his home earlier this week.

Afghanistan and Middle East top Ban’s talks with UK leader

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met yesterday evening with the United Kingdom’s Prime Minister, with Afghanistan, the situation in the Middle East and climate change among the topics discussed during David Cameron’s first visit to United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Property issues the focus of latest round of UN-backed talks in Cyprus

The issue of property was the main topic of discussion during today’s United Nations-facilitated talks between the Greek Cypriot leader and his Turkish Cypriot counterpart, part of a process aimed at reunifying the Mediterranean island of Cyprus.

Kosovo’s declaration of independence did not violate international law – UN court

Kosovo’s unilateral declaration of independence from Serbia in February 2008 did not violate international law, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) said today as the United Nations court released its advisory opinion on the issue.

Huge gulf in HIV services between Western and Eastern Europe – UN health agency

Spotlighting the gap in access to treatment and prevention services between Western and Eastern Europe, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today called for concerted action to address the situation in Europe, home to the fastest growing HIV epidemic in the world.

UN war crimes tribunal orders partial re-trial for ex-leader of Kosovo

A former prime minister of Kosovo faces a re-trial on war crimes charges after the United Nations tribunal set up to deal with the worst offences committed during the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s today partially quashed his earlier acquittal.

Stigma exacerbates rising HIV epidemic among Eastern European youth

An underground HIV epidemic in Eastern Europe and Central Asia is intensifying at an alarming pace, and the issue is being exacerbated by high levels of social stigma holding young people back from seeking treatment, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says in a new report.