Schools leave out 14 million children in ex-Soviet Union, Eastern Europe each year – UN

The education systems in Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States comprising the now-independent former Soviet republics are excluding more than 14 million children each year in a region formerly known for its high-quality education, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Georgia: Ban Ki-moon urges restraint following deadly incident

Expressing concern at reports of yesterday’s deadly incident in Georgia between units of the Ministry of the Interior and Abkhaz de facto personnel, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for restraint on all sides.

Slovakia: UN refugee agency signs agreement to assist asylum seekers

Pressing forward in efforts to ensure that asylum-seekers have access to European Union (EU) territory and asylum procedures, the United Nations refugee agency today announced that it has signed an agreement to monitor activities along Slovakia’s land borders and at its airports.

Serbian tennis sensation Ana Ivanovic named UNICEF National Ambassador

Tennis superstar Ana Ivanovic has officially been named as a National Ambassador for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for her home country of Serbia, where she will advocate for children’s rights, especially in the realms of education and child protection.

Serbian tennis aces appointed national ambassadors for UNICEF

Two of the rising stars of women’s tennis, Serbia’s Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic, have been appointed national ambassadors for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to help promote the rights of children and young people in their homeland.

Humanitarian situation in Chechnya improves but serious challenges remain – UN

The humanitarian situation has improved significantly in the Russian republic of Chechnya, where hundreds of thousands of people were uprooted in two separatist wars, but serious challenges remain, including security and human rights abuses, the United Nations refugee agency said in a report from the Chechen capital of Grozny.

UN launches web portal to help cut global warming gas emissions

The United Nations today launched a web portal to help implement an essential tool in efforts to reduce global warming gases by facilitating a trading mechanism that allows States which cut emissions below treaty targets to sell their surplus allowances to others who overshoot the mark.

UN war crimes tribunal to conduct first hearing in former Yugoslavia

The United Nations tribunal set up to try those responsible for the worst war crimes committed in the Balkans in the 1990s will this Friday travel to Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina to hold its first-ever hearing away from its seat in The Netherlands.

Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders discuss comprehensive settlement – UN

Greek Cypriot leader H.E. Tassos Papadopoulos and Turkish Cypriot leader H.E. Mehmet Ali Talat discussed issues leading to a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem during a United Nations-sponsored meeting today.

Kosovo: top UN envoy voices solidarity with anti-crime demonstrators

The top United Nations envoy to Kosovo today voiced solidarity with demonstrators in the capital, Pristina, who marched against crime in response to last week’s murder of a police officer in the Serbian province administered by the world body since 1999.