UN agency hails draft law in Ireland that would speed asylum for refugees

The United Nations refugee agency has welcomed a draft law in Ireland that would speed up the asylum process for people seeking protection in the country.

UN human rights chief begins visit to Slovenia

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights arrived today in Slovenia for a two-day official visit in the country that current holds the presidency of the Council of the European Union.

General Assembly President, Albanian official discuss Balkan stability

The need for regional stability in South-Eastern Europe topped the agenda during talks today at United Nations Headquarters in New York between General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim and Albania’s Foreign Minister Lulzim Basha.

Bosnian Serb convicted by UN tribunal to serve jail term in Norway

A former Bosnian Serb army commander convicted by the United Nations war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia over his role in the notorious Srebrenica massacre in 1995 was transferred today to Norway to serve the remainder of his prison sentence.

Misrepresentations fanning fears in Georgian-Abkhaz dispute, says Ban Ki-moon

Disinformation and misrepresentations is generating tensions between the Georgian and Abkhaz sides in their dispute and the communities on both sides of the ceasefire line should exercise restraint, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a new report to the Security Council.

At World Economic Forum, Ban Ki-moon pledges action on water resources

Cautioning that a shortage of water resources could spell increased conflicts in the future, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told participants at the World Economic Forum in Davos today that the United Nations will take action to address the problem in the context of reaching global anti-poverty targets.

Secretary-General renews call on States to end disarmament stalemate

Deeply troubled by the impasse in the work of the world’s only multilateral disarmament negotiating forum, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today renewed his call to countries to move forward in a spirit of compromise to improve the global security climate.

Greece, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia hold UN-led talks on name

Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia today held United Nations-led talks over the official name of the latter country and related outstanding issues – the first time such discussions have been held in the region and involved the participation of one of the two nations’ foreign ministers.

Arrests of Balkan war crimes fugitives ‘absolute priority’ – UN prosecutor

The new prosecutor of the United Nations tribunal judging war crimes committed in the Balkan conflict of the 1990s today appealed to the international community to help bring the four remaining fugitives to justice.

No agreement reached on Kosovo’s future status in Security Council

The Security Council today discussed the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Kosovo – a Serbian province where ethnic Albanians outnumber Serbs and other minorities by nine to one – with no agreement being reached over its future status.