UNESCO deplores murder of two Croatian media executives

The United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today condemned the killing of the owner and another senior executive of a Croatian political weekly in a car bombing in the country’s capital, Zagreb, last week.

UN rural development arm signs deal to help cut poverty in Moldova

The United Nations agency tasked with reducing rural poverty announced today that it will spend more than $13 million supporting a programme in Moldova to boost the Eastern European country’s farm and horticulture industries.

International Monetary Fund moves to boost Ukraine, Hungary and Iceland

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has announced forthcoming loans for Hungary and Ukraine – the latter potentially receiving up to $16.5 billion – to strengthen both countries’ financial systems and ensure fiscal sustainability.

Estonia working hard to reduce child exploitation, UN human rights expert finds

Estonia is taking clear steps to protect its children from prostitution, pornography and exploitation, but its young people remain at risk and continued vigilance from authorities is needed, an independent United Nations human rights expert warned today after visiting the Baltic country.

UN-backed talks on reunification of Cyprus going well, says senior official

The leaders of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities continued their talks today on the reunification of the Mediterranean island, focusing the discussion on the composition of a new executive branch of government, according to a senior United Nations official.

Ban calls on European Union leaders to take urgent action on climate change

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stressed to leaders of the European Union (EU) the need to wrap up the bloc’s energy and climate package by the end of the year.

Ban lauds Europe’s efforts to promote intercultural dialogue and understanding

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has lauded Europe’s commitment to the values of cross-cultural tolerance, dialogue, respect and understanding, all of which “must be pillars of the better world we are trying to build.”

World Court tells UN members to state their views on Kosovo’s independence

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has given United Nations Member States until April next year to submit written statements on the question of Kosovo’s unilateral declaration of independence, in an order made public today.

UN experts explore mercenary activity in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

A group of United Nations experts have gathered in Moscow today to begin discussions on current practices in the Eastern European and Central Asian regions relating to the use of mercenaries and private military and security companies, as well as measures for the regulation and oversight of such entities.

Over 20,000 displaced Georgians return to villages in buffer zone – UN

More than 20,000 people displaced by the fighting that broke out in Georgia in late August have returned to their villages in the buffer zone around the breakaway region of South Ossetia over the past week, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.