Europe

In Bulgaria, living conditions for asylum-seekers improves, but gaps remain - UN agency

The United Nations refugee agency applauded today the “significant efforts” made recently by the Bulgarian authorities and their partners to improve living conditions for asylum seekers in the country.

Ukraine: UN rights office urges halt to propaganda, incitement to hatred

While corruption and widespread inequality were among the root causes of the massive street protests that erupted last year in Ukraine, the fear-mongering and incitement to hatred that have followed must be urgently countered to avoid further escalation of tensions in the country, states a United Nations human rights report issued today.

Ukraine 'teetering on brink' senior UN political official warns Security Council

In the wake of the violent clashes that have swept eastern Ukraine over the past 24 hours as pro- and anti-Government demonstrators have faced off in the region, a senior United Nations political official warned the Security Council this evening that the crisis will only deepen unless intensive efforts are made by all sides to de-escalate the situation.

Amid rise in Mediterranean crossings, UN urges solutions for refugees seeking safety

The United Nations refugee agency today stressed the need to find durable solutions for those making the dangerous journey across the Mediterranean, as it reported that the Italian navy had rescued some 6,000 people who had set out from Libya in overcrowded boats over the past four days alone.

Lithuania urged to reverse lifelong political ban on former president

The United Nations expert body monitoring civil and political rights found today that Lithuania violated the rights of its ex-president, Rolandas Paksas, by introducing a rule banning impeached officials from holding high office – just weeks after he had been removed from his post for abuse of power.

Marking International Day, UN urges full inclusion of Roma people in decision-making in Europe

On International Roma Day, the United Nations independent expert on minority issues is calling on all European countries and institutions to fully include Roma people in their decision-making processes at all levels.

Ban applauds Prague’s climate change preparedness

During his official visit in the Czech Republic’s capital, United Nations Secretary-General congratulated the city of Prague for its new protection system against floods, which involves mobile barriers to prevent the Vltava River from inundating the streets.

In Prague address, Ban highlights ‘crossroads moment’ in shaping better future for all

From reducing poverty and hunger to addressing climate change, the world faces big challenges that cannot be tackled alone, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, highlighting the importance of shared global responsibility in an address to students in the Czech Republic.

Europe, Central Asia face nutritional deficits in some countries – UN agency

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) paints a picture of persistent nutrition problems due to vitamin and mineral deficiencies, and stunted growth in its latest snapshot of the Europe and Central Asia.