Europe

Lyon joins UN cultural network of cities thanks to experience with digital media

Lyon has become the first French city to join a United Nations network of cities set up to help promote their cultural, social and economic development in diverse fields ranging from literature and cinema to gastronomy and folk art.

UN tribunal grants provisional release to two former senior Serbian officials

The United Nations war crimes tribunal set up in the wake of the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s has ordered the temporary provisional release of two former high-level officials with the Serbian secret service facing trial on charges that include murder, persecution and illegal deportations.

Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia: UN envoy holds talks on name issue

A United Nations envoy has held talks today in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, which is involved in a long-standing dispute with neighbouring Greece over its name.

Multilateralism the focus on second day of Assembly President’s visit to Austria

The importance of effective multilateralism, the need for United Nations reform and the fight against human trafficking were all high on the agenda during talks with Austrian leaders and UN officials on the second day of General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim’s official visit to the European country.

Kosovo mission has ‘green light’ to start reconfiguration, says UN envoy

The top United Nations official in Kosovo said today that the plan put forward by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to reconfigure the world body’s presence there was set to begin.

UN envoy holds talks on former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia name issue

The United Nations envoy tasked with mediating the long-running dispute between Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia over the name of the latter country has held consultations today in Athens with senior Greek officials.

General Assembly President meets senior Austrian officials in Vienna

Human trafficking, climate change and the global food crisis dominated the agenda of talks today in Vienna between General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim and senior Austrian officials.

General Assembly President holds talks with officials in Liechtenstein

United Nations reform, climate change and the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) topped the agenda during talks today between General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim and senior officials in the tiny European principality of Liechtenstein.

New UN envoy for Kosovo takes up duties in Pristina

The new United Nations envoy for Kosovo, Lamberto Zannier, has arrived in Pristina to take up his duties amid what he called “a moment of transition” for the world body’s presence there.

British children’s author partners with UNESCO to help young people in need

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is teaming up with its newly-named Artist for Peace and British writer Lauren Child to support children in need around the world.