Importance of UN, European cooperation tops Ban’s talks with senior EU official

The importance of the cooperation between the United Nations and the European Union on a range of issues, including on the Middle East, topped Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s talks today with a senior EU official in France.

Secretary-General cautions against new ‘politics of polarization’ in Europe

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today warned Europe against a new “politics of polarization,” discrimination and intolerance over immigration, with Muslim immigrants as primary targets, as he delivered major addresses before two of the continent’s leading bodies.

UN and Europe natural allies in tackling poverty and climate change, Ban says

The United Nations and European Union are natural allies in tackling the multiple crises facing the world, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the European Parliament today, as he called for three-fold joint action to fight poverty, confront climate change and eliminate nuclear weapons.

European football leagues to red-card world hunger in UN campaign

Blowing yellow whistles, European football players, coaches and referees at 292 professional clubs will this weekend urge millions of fans filling 146 stadiums to sign a United Nations petition to pressure governments into giving top priority to eliminating world hunger.

Cyprus leaders continue UN-backed unification talks

The Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders met today to continue United Nations-supported talks on the reunification of the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, with the current round devoted to the issue of property, according to a senior official with the world body.

New crossing point opens in UN-backed efforts to reunify Cyprus

A new road crossing between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities was opened today, a step a senior United Nations official said proved the pessimists wrong and raised hopes that the Mediterranean island can be reunited.

Moldova becomes latest State party to International Criminal Court

Moldova has become the latest country to ratify the treaty establishing the International Criminal Court (ICC), which is tasked with trying people accused of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

UN sends experts to Hungary to help assess health impact of sludge spill

The United Nations health agency today dispatched a team of experts to Hungary to support the Government-led assessment of potential immediate and longer-term health impacts of a sludge spill that affected the country’s western territories earlier this month.

Kosovo: UN shutters lead-contaminated camp for displaced persons

The United Nations mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) has demolished a controversial settlement inhabited by uprooted members of the Roma community, which was contaminated with lead from a nearby plant.

UN nuclear watchdog team suggests safety improvements for French power plant

After visiting a nuclear power plant in eastern France, an international team led by the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has made recommendations on how to reinforce its safety practices.