Europe

UN food agency chief thanks Pope Benedict XVI for supporting relief efforts

Pope Benedict XVI today received in private audience the head United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), who voiced appreciation for support the agency has received from the Catholic Church.

UN refugee agency hails Italy’s efforts to find missing boat

The United Nations refugee agency today hailed efforts by Italy to locate a boat carrying scores of people, including possibly some asylum-seekers, which recently went missing off the coast of Malta.

UN atomic agency provides training in live-saving medical technologies

The United Nations nuclear watchdog agency has launched a new laboratory in Austria to train medical professionals from developing countries to use high-tech technologies to save lives.

UN agency calls for action to save boat people off Malta

The United Nations refugee agency today called attention to the plight of over 50 people – including possibly a number of asylum-seekers – last seen aboard a boat off the south coast of Malta, and urged countries in the region to try to find them.

Freedom of expression increases in Ukraine despite intimidation – UN expert

While democracy and free expression have increased in Ukraine in the past few years, journalists are still subject to intimidation by individuals said to be linked to authorities, an independent United Nations expert said today.

UN Goodwill Ambassador honoured for chronicling struggle against illegal drugs

An Italian photojournalist who brings the work of the United Nations anti-drug unit before the public has been awarded a prestigious German publishing prize for a feature on the global struggle against illicit narcotics.

UN study reveals less than half of registered returnees live in Croatia

Less than half of some 120,000 ethnic Serbs registered as returnees in Croatia actually live in the country, according to the findings of a just-released survey commissioned by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Greece and former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia renew UN-led talks

Representatives of Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) have held a fresh round of United Nations-mediated talks over the question of the official name of the latter country.

‘Food force’ video game sweeps northern Europe – UN agency

As Europe’s largest games industry event gets underway in Sweden, “Food Force,” the world’s first humanitarian video game for children, is celebrating the launch of three new language versions, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has announced.

Bosnian leaders must ‘seize this moment’ for reforms, UN envoy says

With reforms in Bosnia and Herzegovina blocked for over a year and agreements with the European Union (EU) on the table, the country’s leaders must “seize this moment” for progress, the United Nations envoy to the country told the Security Council today.