Europe

Security Council extends European force in Bosnia and Herzegovina for another year

The Security Council today gave a year-long extension to the European Union stabilization force (EUFOR) that is tasked with ensuring the continued compliance of all sides with the 1995 Dayton Peace Agreement that ended fighting in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

French human rights advocate receives UNESCO prize for lifetime’s work

One of the drafters of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) 60 years ago will receive a prestigious prize in recognition of his life-long advocacy for a culture of rights around the world, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced today.

Clean-up needed on Ukrainian shores one year after major oil spill – UN report

Ukraine needs to clean up its contaminated shoreline one year after a major oil spill in the Kerch Strait damaged flora and fauna in the area and caused significant revenue losses for local industries, according to a new joint report released by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the European Commission (EC).

‘Important qualitative leap’ made in Georgia talks, UN reports

International talks on the Russian-Georgian conflict in South Ossetia made an “important qualitative leap” today, moving from a sterile procedural debate to a substantive one, a senior United Nations envoy said.

With shout-out from Björk, UN unveils environmental awareness campaign

The Icelandic singer and green campaigner Björk today endorsed a new United Nations environmental campaign to raise public awareness on the impacts of global warming.

British police attempt to smash South-East Asian sex trafficking ring – UN report

Police raids on several hundred buildings in the United Kingdom have recovered dozens of sex trafficking victims, mostly from East and South-East Asia, and led to legal charges against dozens of suspects, according to a United Nations report released today.

Ban ends two-day Swiss visit by spotlighting UN role in facing global challenges

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon wrapped up a two-day visit to Geneva today by meeting staff of the United Nations World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and inaugurating the Human Rights and Alliance of Civilization room at the UN complex in the Swiss city.

UN World Court rejects preliminary Serbian objections in genocide case with Croatia

The International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, today rejected Serbian objections over questions of jurisdiction and admissibility in the genocide case brought against it by Croatia.

Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia takes Greece to UN World Court over name

The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia has instituted proceedings against Greece at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, alleging that Greece blocked its application to join NATO in violation of an agreement between the two countries.

UN experts voice significant concern over legal rights of Italy’s migrant detainees

A group of independent United Nations experts today expressed “significant human rights concerns” over the legal rights of irregular migrants and asylum-seekers in Italy, while otherwise acknowledging the strength of the country’s judicial system.