Europe

Postal services a key element of development, says Ban Ki-moon

Marking the 60th anniversary of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) as a United Nations agency, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has highlighted the important role of postal services, especially at a time when hundreds of millions of people have relocated from their country of origin and are anxious to share news and resources with their relatives.

Kosovo duo facing trial at UN tribunal over alleged intimidation of witness

Kosovo’s ex-minister for culture, youth and sport and a former newspaper editor will appear tomorrow before the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) after being charged with contempt of court for allegedly trying to intimidate a witness in a war crimes trial.

Secretary-General Ban chairs meeting of top officials from across the UN

The current global food crisis triggered by soaring prices, the safety and security of United Nations personnel and climate change dominated talks today involving Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other senior officials from the world body.

Bosnian Croat commander convicted by UN tribunal to serve jail term in Italy

A Bosnian Croat military commander convicted by a United Nations war crimes tribunal for his role in the torture and persecutions of Muslims living in the Mostar area of Bosnia and Herzegovina during the Balkan wars of the 1990s will serve the remainder of his 20-year sentence in Italy.

UN refugee agency deplores deaths of four refugees after expulsion by Turkey

The United Nations refugee agency is seeking clarification from Turkey after 18 refugees were forced to cross a fast-flowing river on the Turkish-Iraqi border, leading to the deaths of four by drowning.

UN lays out plan for future development of area around Chernobyl disaster site

Marking the twenty-second anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear accident in Ukraine on 26 April 1986, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today presented a draft action plan to support the Chernobyl area’s ongoing recovery until 2016.

In Vienna, Secretary-General opens new modern, climate-friendly UN complex

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon began an official visit to Vienna today by inaugurating a new environmentally-friendly, state-of-the-art facility which will support discussions between countries on a range of critical issues, from nuclear weapons to drugs and crime.

UN tribunal and justice research institute start project to safeguard court’s legacy

The United Nations tribunal set up to deal with the worst war crimes committed during the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s and the UN Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) have begun a joint project to transfer the knowledge gained from the tribunal’s work to future courts and institutions dealing with the issues.

UN tribunal partially overturns convictions of two Bosnian Muslim commanders

The United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) today partially overturned the convictions and reduced the jail sentences given to two former high-level commanders in Bosnia and Herzegovina whose forces murdered and mistreated captured Bosnian Croats and Serbs in 1993.

As cancer cases rise in Albania, UN agencies join forces to help fight disease

The United Nations nuclear watchdog and the world body’s health agency are teaming up to try to slow the spread of cancer in Albania, where the number of diagnosed cases has surged in the past two decades.