Kosovo: refuting press reports, UN envoy says work on legal framework goes on

The top United Nations official in Kosovo today denied reports published in the Belgrade media that a legal framework for interim self-government had been completed without including the concerns of the Kosovo Serbs.

Yugoslav authorities serve Milosevic with warrant from UN war crimes tribunal

The Government of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia today informed the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) that it had served the Tribunal's indictment and arrest warrant on former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic.

European Commission to strengthen partnership with UN on development issues

In the wake of recent high-level meetings between the European Commission and the United Nations, the EC has taken a step forward in improving its cooperation with world body in the fields of development and humanitarian aid, the Commission announced today.

Bosnia and Herzegovina: UN reports severe damage but no injuries in Vitez bomb attack

An explosive device that detonated early this morning in the central Bosnian town of Vitez caused severe damage but no injuries, the United Nations Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina (UNMIBH) said today.

Security Council members, Annan condemn ambush in FRY of Macedonia

Reacting to a weekend attack in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia that took the lives of several soldiers, members of the Security Council and Secretary-General Kofi Annan today condemned the act and demanded a halt to violence.

Abkhazia peace process to flounder if no progress made on status issue: Annan

Despite the recent progress made in building confidence between both sides in the conflict over Abkhaz, Georgia, the country's peace process will derail if the proposals for the distribution of competencies between the two parties are not forthcoming, Secretary-General Kofi Annan warns in his latest report on the issue.

UN summit on sustainable development aims to generate sense of hope

The goal of an upcoming United Nations summit on sustainable development was to generate a sense of hope for the future of the world economy, living conditions and environment, the top UN official for economic and social affairs said today.

Secretary-General pledges UN support for efforts to protect Danube river

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today pledged the support of the United Nations for efforts to protect the Danube River, which is currently threatened by pollution and other man-made hazards.

Better prevention and response systems needed to avoid another "Chernobyl": UN

Marking the 15-year anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear accident, the President of the United Nations General Assembly today stressed the importance of better preventing and managing such disasters in the future.

UN agency releases new guidelines on depleted uranium's effects on health

The World Health Organization (WHO) today published a desk reference on depleted uranium (DU) containing guidelines on how to deal appropriately with the substance's impact on human health.