Europe

New European Union members increase support for UN food programmes

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has hailed the increasing support and commitment of 12 new European Union (EU) Member States to achieving the number 1 Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving poverty and hunger by 2015.

UN envoy warns against delays to decision on Kosovo’s final status

Any delay to the process of determining Kosovo’s final status could make a sustainable solution impossible to attain, the head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission to the Serbian province (UNMIK) told the Security Council today.

UN refugee agency hails Greek decision to allow stowaways to disembark

The United Nations refugee agency today welcomed the decision by Greek authorities to allow 16 mostly Iraqi stowaways aboard a cargo ship to disembark in the port of Piraeus and to be granted access to the country’s asylum system.

Partnership between UN and European Union benefits millions – new report

Hundreds of millions of people around the world won the right to vote or were vaccinated, offered refugee protection or given emergency food relief during 2005 because of the work of the United Nations and the European Union (EU), according to the first detailed report on the partnership between the two organizations.

UN tribunal dismisses appeal of Croatian journalist convicted of contempt

The appeals chamber of the United Nations war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia today dismissed the appeal of a Croatian journalist found guilty of contempt for publishing closed session transcripts and part of a witness statement.

Ban Ki-moon receives proposals for future status of UN-administered Kosovo

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today received his Special Envoy’s plan for the future status of Kosovo – the ethnic Albanian majority Serbian province that the United Nations has run since Western forces drove out Yugoslav troops in 1999 amid ethnic fighting – after efforts to reach a compromise with the two sides ended in deadlock.

Deputy Secretary-General hails European Union’s efforts to promote peace, development

The United Nations and the European Union (EU) “are engaged in a vital, tremendously complementary partnership,” particularly in helping the world’s poorest countries boost their social and economic development and providing urgent relief following natural disasters and other emergencies, Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro today.

UN refugee agency urges Greece to let 16 stowaways disembark and seek asylum

The United Nations refugee agency today called on the Greek authorities to allow the urgent disembarkation and grant access to the asylum system for 16 stowaways found nearly a week ago on a cargo ship docked in the port of Piraeus, near Athens.

UN mission in Georgia assists fact-finding team after recent attack on Government post

A fact-finding team led by the United Nations has begun looking into reports of a weekend attack on a Georgian Government position in the Upper Kodori valley in the north-west of the country.

Ban Ki-moon calls for ‘timely conclusion’ of Kosovo’s future status talks

As Kosovo’s ethnic Albanian-led Government and Serbia remain at an impasse on the future of the Albanian-majority Serbian province, a “timely conclusion” to the process to determine its final status is necessary, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a report to the Security Council released today.