|World Refugee Day
World Refugee Day is held every year on the 20th of June. It’s a day to reflect on the situation of the millions of forcibly displaced people throughout the world. The annual commemoration is marked by a variety of events in more than...(Read More)
UNMIK head receives Marko Djurić
12 June 2015 - Today at UNMIK Headquarters in Pristina, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) in Kosovo, Farid Zarif, received...Read More
Keeping Mitrovica Rivers Clean
05 June 2015 - Mitrovica has a recurring problem - how to keep its rivers clean and how to prevent people from throwing rubbish in them again once they have been cleaned up...
Why UN Peacekeeping Needs Global Support More Than Ever
29/05/2015 - Eighteen months ago, Bentiu, like most towns in South Sudan, was bustling with the restlessness of markets, people trading and children going to school. UNMISS, the UN Mission in South Sudan, was busy supporting development and growth in...
UNMIK chief briefs UN Security Council on Kosovo
UNMIK chief briefs UN Security Council on Kosovo
26 May 2015 - Statement by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) in Kosovo, Farid Zarif, to the United Nations Security Council.
World Press Freedom Day 2015
Every year, on 3 May across the world are celebrated the fundamental principles of press freedom. Free media is the key to free society. One of the concerns about press freedom in Kosovo is the implementation of the rule of law.
International Jazz Day 2015
28 April 2015 - 30 April is International Jazz Day. UNESCO has designated jazz a universal music of freedom and creativity.Radio Ophelia speaks to a multiethnic band from Kosovo....
Inside the Blue
24 April 2015 - Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for diversity. The United Nations strongly stands behind these three core values and promotes them both externally and internally. As a worldwide organization that promotes peace and tolerance, it is...
THE SECRETARY-GENERAL MESSAGE ON WORLD DOWN SYNDROME DAY
21 March 2015 - This year’s World Down Syndrome Day falls as the international community is striving to create a universal, transformative agenda for sustainable development. Thelinks between disability, human rights and development span...
World Water Day
22 March 2015 - Clean and safe water is precious. Nearly 1 billion people around the world don't have access to safe drinking water. Yet, we take it for granted, we waste it, and too often we pay to drink it from plastic bottles.
Women in the Rule of Law
08 March 2015 - Every year, on the 8 of March, International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination...
UNMIK head receives KFOR MSU Commander
31 December 2014 - Today at UNMIK Headquarters in Pristina, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) in Kosovo, Mr. Farid Zarif, received...
Do you know your rights?
15 December 2014 - The UNICEF Innovations Lab launched its “Know Your Rights” campaign in Kosovo, to make sure that young people know about their rights – and what they should do if those rights are violated...
Keeping kids in school in Kosovo
9 December 2014 - Education is a human right, and in Kosovo, it is mandatory for children between the ages of six and fifteen. But there are kids who are not going to school. Some were never enrolled. Others dropped out.
Marking World AIDS Day in Kosovo
27 November 2014 - December 1st is World Aids Day. It is an opportunity for people across the world to unite in the fight against HIV and AIDS, to show their support for people living with HIV, and to remember all those who have died...
Kosovo’s cultural heritage brings its people together
By organizing visits to historical sites throughout Kosovo, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) has helped more than 1400 young people of all ethnicities to learn about their shared cultural heritage...
UNMIK deputy head meets Kosovo’s interior minister
12 November 2014 - The Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General (DSRSG) in Kosovo, Jennifer Brush, today met the Minister of Interior, Dr. Bajram Rexhepi. They discussed and exchanged views on several issues related to...
UNMIK deputy head meets Kosovo’s culture minister
11 November 2014 - The Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General (DSRSG) in Kosovo, Jennifer Brush, today met the Kosovo Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport, Mr. Memli Krasniqi. As part of her introductory meetings with the Kosovo ...
Understanding poverty in Kosovo
04 November 2014 - Around 30% of people in Kosovo live below the poverty line, with some 10% living in extreme poverty. To highlight and address the situation, the UN Kosovo Team is working to strengthen dialogue and develop partner...
UNMIK staff celebrates UN Day in Pristina and Mitrovica
24 October 2014 – United Nations Day was celebrated at UNMIK Headquarters in Pristina today. On this day in 1945, the UN officially came into being – not just as an institution, but as a solemn promise to the world’s people...
UNMIK chief receives new EULEX head
23 October 2014 – Today at UNMIK Headquarters in Pristina, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Kosovo, Mr. Farid Zarif, received the new Head of the European Union ...
United Nations Day
22 October 2014 - October 24 is United Nations Day. On that day in 1945, the UN officially came into being – not just as an institution, but as a solemn promise to the world’s people. According to the UN Secretary-General’s Special...
13 October 2014 - Beautifying Kosovo, while creating new job opportunities, is the goal of the “EU-Beautiful Kosovo” project. Funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the initiative...
06 October 2014 - Languages play a vital role in promoting intercultural dialogue. Speaking different languages strengthens cooperation among groups, and when languages fade, so does the world's rich tapestry of cultural diversity...
UNMIK chief receives new UNHCR head
6 October 2014 – Today at UNMIK Headquarters in Pristina, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Kosovo, Mr. Farid Zarif, received the newly appointed Kosovo Chief of Mission....
Farewell for UNMIK's Deputy Chief
On 21 August 2014, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) in Kosovo, Mr. Farid Zarif, hosted a farewell reception for the Deputy Special Representative of...
Speaking the “language of sport “in Kosovo
16 July 2014 - Sport is a powerful tool to bring people together while promoting mutual respect and the ideals of fraternity, tolerance and justice. It also has a unique power to attract...
Kosovo comes together for World Environment Day
03 June 2014 - World Environment Day is marked every year on 5 June 5. On this day, the United Nations calls for global action to protect the environment. In Kosovo, the UN has launched the “Green Steps” project...
SRSG Presentation to the Security Council – 27 May 2014
Mr. President, Excellencies,
At the outset, I wish to express my solidarity with the people and authorities of Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Croatia, who are facing an unprecedented natural disaster caused by widespread flooding...
Statements to the UN Security Council – 27 May 2014
Security Council: Debate on the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) 7183rd meeting. Report of the Secretary-General on the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (S/2014/305).
Fighting Homophobia to Make Kosovo More “Free and Equal”
15 May 2014 - The Universal Declaration of Human Rights promises a world where all people are guaranteed the same protections. But lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people have been subjected to violence and discrimination...
Domestic Violence in Kosovo
14 May 2014 - Violence against women is a serious problem that exists throughout the world. And Kosovo is no exception. In a 2008 UN survey, forty-eight per cent of women in Kosovo said it was okay for their husbands to hit them. Some attitude...
UNMIK donates vehicles to the people of Kosovo
Fifteen years on, Kosovo's communities can still feel the post-conflict effects. Internally displaced persons were among those hardest hit by the turmoil that enveloped the region. In...
Women's Property Rights in Kosovo
UN WOMEN in Kosovo financed and supported the production of the report and information leaflet which purpose is to provide women in Kosovo with information on their property rights. “The brochure explains the main procedural safeguards...
UNMIK wraps up series of donations
During the week of 25 June, UNMIK donated a total of six vehicles and office equipment to Pristina- based non-governmental organizations and municipalities in...
International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers
International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers
29 May is the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers.
The day has two purposes:
to honor the memory of the UN peacekeepers who have lost their lives in the cause of...
Medal Parade Ceremony for UNMIK Police Officers
On 18 January, medals, numerals and certificates were awarded to UNMIK Police officers by UNMIK SRSG Farid Zarif.
“I would like to express my gratitude to all contributing countries for making it possible for UNMIK to carry out its duties.
International Volunteer Day 2012
05 December 2012 - The main focus of International Volunteer Day 2012 is awareness of and recognition for volunteers and volunteer organizations.
The Secretary-General message on United Nations Day
We are living through a period of profound turmoil, transition and transformation. Insecurity, inequality and intolerance are spreading. Global and national institutions are being put to the test. With so much at stake, the United Nations must ...
United Nations Day 24 October 2012
The mission of the United Nations is to build a better world; leave no one behind; and stand up for the poorest and most vulnerable in the name of global peace and social justice. On UN Day 2012, “Let us unite, seven billion strong, in the name of the ...
"Inside Out" Kosovo Campaign
UNMIK has turned the walls of its headquarters into a public gallery, showcasing the voices and views of Kosovo’s youth to staff, visitors, and passers-by.
SRSG's presentation at the UN Security Council Session
22 August 2012 - I thank the President of the Security Council for the opportunity today to introduce the report of the Secretary-General on the activities of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo...
SRSG Farid Zarif briefing to the Security Council
14 May 2012 - During the last briefing to the Council in February, Assistant Secretary-General Edmond Mulet urged the Council to see the year of 2012 as a year for fresh re-examination of the international effort in Kosovo....
UNMIK’s military observers awarded medals
07 May 2012 - In peacekeeping missions around the world military personnel come together from countries big and small, rich and poor, new and old to serve in the name of Peace.
Statement Attributable to the Spokesperson of UNMIK
Pristina 02 May 2012. UNMIK welcomes the agreement reached on 30 April by which the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) will facilitate voting in Kosovo for the 6 May Serbian parliamentary and presidential elections.
Transcript of SRSG interview with AP
The letter asked UNMIK to organize local elections in Kosovo in conformity with Resolution 1244 of the United Nations Security Council. In my reply to the Serbian authorities, I acknowledged their commitment to the fact that any elections held in Kosovo.
UNMIK launches App for mobile devices
16 January - With the UNMIK App, the United Nations Mission in Kosovo offers subscribers all the latest news reported by the local media in Kosovo and activities of the mission at the touch of a finger.
The Secretary-General Message for Human Rights day
07 December 2011 - Human rights belong to every one of us without exception. But unless we know them, unless we demand they be respected, and unless we defend our right -- and the right of others -- to exercise them...
The Secretary-General Message for UN Day
24 October 2011 - Days from now, the human family will welcome its seven billionth member. Some say our planet is too crowded. I say we are seven billion strong. The world has made remarkable progress since the United Nations was born 66 years ago today.
UNMIK ASRSG address to the Security Council
30 August - The report before you details UNMIK’s activities from 16 April to 15 July 2011. As this Council is aware, in the days following the end of the reporting period...
UNV partnering with Gjelane School
16 August 2011 - On 9 March, Elizabeth Gowing met a little girl named Gjelane in Fushë Kosovë/Kosovo Polje. At nine years old, Gjelane had never been to school, but she held out hope that one day she would attend. It was her dream.
Video: Behind the Scenes with the UN Secretary-General
29 June 2011 - Behind the Scenes with the UN Secretary-General, the video tracks Ban Ki-moon from his Sutton Place residence at 7:15 a.m. through a hectic day of handshakes and speeches on the opening day of the 2010 U.N. General Assembly.
100 - day countdown to International day of Peace
13 June 2011 - September 21, 2011, marks the 30th anniversary of the International Day of Peace. As we begin today a 100-day countdown to the observance, we pay tribute to the many civil society activists...
Secretary-General message on UN Peacekeepers Day 2011
29 May 2011 - The tragedies that have befallen United Nations peacekeepers already this year are a sobering reminder of the risks entailed in their important work for peace. As we mark the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers...
SRSG visit to Deçan/Dečane
19 May 2011 - SRSG visited Deçan/Dečane Monastery for a meeting with Father Sava accompanied by Colonel Vicenzo Cipullo, Commander of the Multinational Battle Group West and the Acting Head of the OSCE Regional Office Ms. Chatzikamari Vasiliki.
A Visit to Chernobyl
26 April 2011 - Twenty-five years ago, the explosion at Chernobyl cast a radioactive cloud over Europe and a shadow around the world. Today, the tragedy at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant continues to unfold...
Statement by the Secretary-General on Libya
New York, 17 March 2011. The Security Council today has taken an historic decision. Resolution 1973 affirms, clearly and unequivocally, the international community’s determination...
International Women’s Day
08 March 2011 - On this day, I salute the women of the Middle East and North Africa, along with women all over the world who are taking great risks to stand up and fight for dignity, justice and human rights for themselves and for their compatriots.
OSCE helps restore Orthodox cemeteries in Kosovo
22 February 2011 - Staro Gracko/Grackë e Vjetër, a village in Lipjan/Lipljan municipality in central Kosovo, is home to some 300 people, most of them Kosovo Serbs. The village has a cultural centre, a new school, a sports centre and a medical facility.
DR Congo: UN peacekeepers rescue kidnapped police
2 February 2011 – United Nations peacekeepers in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have rescued six national police officers kidnapped by rebels without paying a ransom or firing a shot, relying on diplomacy and their superior numbers.
"What David Kato’s Death Can Teach the World"
31 January - News of the brutal murder of Ugandan human rights activist David Kato has reverberated around the world. David was beaten to death at his home outside of Kampala on 26 January.
SRSG tribute to late President Ibrahim Rugova
21 January 2011 - On the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the death of late president Ibrahim Rugova, SRSG Lamberto Zannier paid tribute by visiting the Memorial Complex in the Velanija district of Pristina.
SRSG on Ophelia FM
14 January 2011 - Read and listen to the interview of SRSG Lamberto Zannier on Ophelia FM 107.2.
UN marks one-year anniversary of Haiti earthquake
12 January 2011 – On the one-year anniversary of the earthquake which devastated Haiti, the United Nations today remembered the disaster’s victims in memorial events in Port-au-Prince, New York and elsewhere around the world.