Europe

Kosovo: European police phase in as UN phases out

After nine and a half years of policing Kosovo, the United Nations mission has started phasing out its police component, handing over to European Union’s Rule of Law Mission known as EULEX.

Montenegrin fathers urged to be role models against violence in new UN campaign

The United Nations refugee agency and its aid partners in Montenegro have enlisted popular local sports coaches to take part in a new public awareness campaign aimed at fathers that is part of broader worldwide efforts to stem sexual and physical violence against women.

UN may have to re-think ground role following Russia-Georgia conflict – Ban

The United Nations and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) may have to reassess their roles on the ground following this summer’s fighting between Russia and Georgia, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.

Cypriot leaders hold further talks in UN-backed reunification process

Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders held further talks today as part of United Nations-sponsored negotiations aimed at reunifying the Mediterranean island, focusing their discussions this time on a federal public service.

Latest round of UN-led climate change talks kicks off in Polish city of Poznan

The latest round of United Nations-led negotiations aimed at reaching an ambitious global climate change deal next year began today in Poznan, Poland, drawing around 9,000 participants from governments, business and industry, environmental groups and research institutions.

UN's Kosovo mission reorients field presence to non-Albanian ethnic communities

The United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) is re-orienting its field presence to concentrate in areas occupied by ethnic non-Albanians following Kosovo's declaration of independence from Serbia, the top United Nations official there said today.

Leaders continue UN-backed talks on Cyprus peace process

Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders continued United Nations-sponsored talks on the reunification of the Mediterranean island today, focusing on the issues of federal offences and the federal police.

Challenges emerge for UN in Kosovo, nearly a year after independence declaration – Ban

The United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) has faced significant challenges over the past five months to its ability to perform the vast majority of its tasks after Kosovo’s declaration of independence from Serbia, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.

UN experts call for strong government response to anti-Roma violence in Europe

Two United Nations human rights experts today expressed grave concern over the recent rise in anti-Roma sentiment and violent incidents in several European countries, calling for a stronger response from governments.

International Monetary Fund approves $2.1 billion loan for hard-hit Iceland

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has approved a $2.1 billion loan to Iceland to help the Nordic nation stabilize its currency, restore confidence in its banking system and limit the harshest effects of the global financial crisis.