Europe

Political solution ‘long overdue’ to protect the children of eastern Ukraine

Nearly half a million children in eastern Ukraine continue to face “grave risks” to their physical health and psychological well-being, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Monday.

WHO working to save lives following powerful earthquake in Albania

Staff from the World Health Organization (WHO) are assisting authorities in Albania following an earthquake which killed at least 25 people and left more than 650 injured.

Guterres holds ‘focused and frank’ informal discussions over future of Cyprus

The UN Secretary-General held “focused and frank” informal talks with the leaders of the Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities on Monday in order to “take stock of efforts” to finally reach a settlement over the divided Mediterranean island.

60,000 young refugees and migrants who arrived in Italy alone lack support

United Nations agencies on Friday highlighted the dire needs of thousands of unaccompanied and separated children who have arrived in Italy as refugees, lacking the proper support to transition through to adulthood.

Kosovo elections: ‘Most significant change’ in 12 years, Security Council hears

Elections held earlier this month in Kosovo represent “the most significant change in the political landscape” there in a dozen years, the UN mission chief told the Security Council on Thursday.

Malta: Human rights experts call for justice in case of murdered journalist

Two years since the murder of anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia on the Mediterranean island of Malta, justice has yet to be served for the shocking crime, UN-appointed independent rights experts said on Wednesday.

German synagogue shooting ‘another tragic demonstration of antisemitism’: UN chief

The killing of two people outside a synagogue in Germany on Wednesday has been characterized by the UN Secretary-General as “another tragic demonstration of antisemitism.”

Athens urged to fast track asylum seekers amid island shelters crisis – UNHCR

A spike in the number of refugees reaching Greek island reception centres is likely to worsen the situation in already “dangerously overcrowded” facilities there, the UN refugee agency said on Tuesday.

 

Strict alcohol laws which cut intake more than 40 per cent in Russia, linked to historically high life expectancy

Strict laws put in place by the Russian authorities since 2003 have resulted in a significant drop in alcohol-related deaths nationwide, a report from the World Health Organization (WHO) revealed on Tuesday.

UN health agency spotlights stalled effort to close health divide across Europe, in new report

Progress on equal access to a healthy life for all, is at a standstill across Europe, a new report by the World Health Organization (WHO) revealed on Tuesday, despite their being a clear path to close gaps in national care.