Europe

No alternative to international cooperation, stresses Austrian minister at UN Assembly

Conflicts around the globe, as well as the pressing challenges of poverty, hunger and climate change continue to exact terrible human suffering, said Sebastian Kurz, the Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs of Austria, noting that the most concerning issue is the lack of trust in the ability of States and institutions to solve these challenges.

At UN, Central European leaders spotlight development, countering terrorism and securing peace

Sustainable development, ensuring peace and security and protecting human rights are the basic goals of the international community and the foundations of the United Nations system, Andrzej Duda, the President of Poland, told the General Assembly today.

‘To each his own’ not a viable alternative in a world facing shared challenges, Swiss President says

With the world facing complex challenges such as climate change, humanitarian disasters and migration, all spanning geographical borders and requiring collective efforts to address, the President of Switzerland told delegations in the General Assembly today that a strong multilateral system centered on a strong United Nations must be established.

At General Assembly, France urges return to optimism, values that underpinned UN’s founding

Citing a litany of world crises and quoting directly from victims of man-made and natural disasters, French President Emmanuel Macron today called for a return to the optimism and universal values that inspired the founding of the United Nations 72 years ago, taking into the account the new realities of the 21st century.

Ongoing tensions pose continued dangers for civilians in eastern Ukraine, notes UN report

Last month saw a decrease in the number of civilian casualties due to the conflict in eastern Ukraine, according to a new report issued today by the United Nations human rights office, which added that the sudden flaring and easing of tensions continues to make daily life dangerous for civilians living close to the so-called “contact line.”

Abuse, exploitation and trafficking 'stark reality' for migrant children trying to reach Europe – UN report

More than 75 per cent of migrant and refugee children trying to reach Europe via the Central Mediterranean route face appalling levels of abuse, exploitation and trafficking, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said, calling on the continent to establish safe and regular pathways for migration.

‘Robust action’ required to assist growing number of refugees on Greek islands – UN

The United Nations refugee agency today urged “robust action” to improve conditions on Greece’s eastern Aegean islands, where the number of new refugee arrivals increased last month.

UN chief welcomes parties' commitment towards permanent ceasefire in Eastern Ukraine

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres welcomed today the commitment by the parties to implement a permanent ceasefire in eastern Ukraine on the occasion of the start of the new school year.

'UN stands in solidarity with Finland in its fight against terrorism,' says Guterres

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today condemned the terrorist attack in south-western Finland which killed at least two people.

UN rights experts warn new EU policy on boat rescues will cause more people to drown

The European Union's new policy on Mediterranean Sea rescues threatens life and breaches international standards, two United Nations independent human experts today cautioned.