UN food agency chief mourns passing of Goodwill Ambassador Rita Levi Montalcini

The head of the United Nations food agency today mourned the passing of renowned Italian scientist and physician Rita Levi Montalcini, who also served as a Goodwill Ambassador for the world body.

UNESCO to name Swiss writer and philanthropist Metin Arditi as Goodwill Ambassador

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will today name Swiss writer, academic, businessman and philanthropist Metin Arditi as its newest Goodwill Ambassador.

Citing need for staff retention, Security Council extends judges on UN Yugoslav tribunal

Given the importance of staff retention for the timely completion of the work of the United Nations tribunal set up in the wake of the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s, the Security Council today adopted a resolution extending the terms of a number of judges so they can finish the cases assigned to them.

Tajikistan: UN review finds that access to clean water among most pressing environmental challenges

Access to clean water and improved sanitation and waste management remain some of the most pressing environmental challenges for Tajikistan, according to a United Nations review of the Central Asian nation’s management of its environment, published today.

UN war crimes tribunal sentences Bosnia Serb intelligence chief over Srebrenica and Zepa

A United Nations war crimes tribunal today sentenced a former Bosnian Serb military chief to life imprisonment after convicting him of genocide and other crimes linked in part to the murders of Bosnian Muslim men and boys at Srebrenica in 1995.

UNESCO chief denounces killing of Russian journalist in North Caucasus region

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today denounced the murder of a Russian journalist in Russia’s North Caucasus region and urged authorities to do their utmost to bring his killers to justice.

UN experts urge Hungary to reverse law criminalizing homelessness

Recent legislation in Hungary outlawing homelessness risks having a discriminatory impact on those living in poverty, two United Nations independent experts warned today as they urged the authorities there to adopt a national housing strategy.

UN genocide tribunal affirms life sentence of Serb paramilitary leader

The United Nations war crimes tribunal set up in the wake of the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s today reaffirmed the life sentence of a Serbian paramilitary leader, Milan Lukic, who was previously found guilty of inhumane acts including murder, cruel treatment and violations of the laws of war.

Irregular migration in Greece must be addressed by European Union – UN expert

A United Nations independent expert today called on Greece to boost measures to protect the rights of migrants, while stressing that it is also the European Union’s (EU) responsibility to address the plight of a growing number of irregular migrants trapped in the Mediterranean country on their way to European destinations.

UN independent expert calls on Turkey to do more to fight impunity on extrajudicial executions

While Turkey has made significant progress in protecting the right to life, it should step up efforts to prosecute those who commit unlawful killings, a United Nations independent expert said today following a visit to the country.