UN expert seeks open dialogue with Government and civil society in Belarus

A United Nations independent expert today called on the Government and civil society of Belarus to engage in an open dialogue with him to promote and protect human rights in the country.

UN chief voices disappointment at lack of Syria ceasefire

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced deep disappointment on Monday that the call for a ceasefire in Syria has not been respected, stressing that more bloodshed will not resolve the crisis.

In Balkans, UN-led initiative aims to improve industrial safety inspections

A three-day training session aimed at improving industrial safety across the Balkans has kicked off in the Croatian city of Split, the UN announced today, adding that the initiative is part of the world body’s continuing efforts to protect people and the environment against industrial accidents.

‘Considerable efforts’ required to make most of Europe’s inland waterways – UN report

With only seven per cent of goods transported on inland waterways in the European Union (EU), “considerable efforts” are still required by the region’s governments and the transport industry to increase this number and relieve congested road and rail networks, according to a UN report.

Secretary-General lauds awarding of Nobel Peace Prize to European Union

Noting its collaboration with the United Nations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today congratulated the European Union (EU) for being awarded the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize, stressing its role in helping to build peace, promote human rights and support economic and social development across the world.

UN expert welcomes Hungary’s commitment to address impact of industrial pollution

A United Nations independent expert today welcomed Hungary’s commitment to address the environmental impact of the industrial accident that occurred at the Ajka aluminium plant in 2010, and called for greater efforts to make polluting companies more accountable.

Six people confirmed dead, more missing after small boat capsizes off Mayotte – UN

Six people died and 10 are still missing after a small vessel carrying 24 people capsized on Monday morning off the French territory of Mayotte in the Indian Ocean, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.

Italy must put human rights at centre of border management policy – UN independent expert

Italy must prioritize a human rights approach when dealing with migration, a United Nations independent expert said today, urging the Government to not let security concerns overshadow its border management policy.

Ukraine draft law banning homosexual references violates freedom of expression – UN

A new draft law criminalizing any reference to homosexuality in the media or public domain violates Ukraine’s commitment to freedom of expression and information, the United Nations said today, urging the country’s authorities to strengthen anti-discrimination laws for all citizens.

UN atomic agency praises Belarus’ progress on nuclear power programme

Belarus has made important progress in its development of nuclear infrastructure, the United Nations atomic agency said in a report released today, adding that should progress continue the country will be able to support the construction of a nuclear power plant in the near future.