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UN handling of yellow fever outbreak in Africa another failure

The World Health Organization and its partners sent over six million doses of yellow fever vaccine to Angola in February, but one month later, over one million of those doses had disappeared.

United global thinking needed for El Niño devastation

The devastating effects of the El Niño weather formation require a coordinated international response, according to the United Nations. The key requirements are outlined in a new report.

UN Frontiers report — Environmental threats facing world today

The United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) 2016 Frontiers report was released Friday, May 20, highlighting the most worrisome environmental threats facing the world today.

New UN pesticide guidelines seek faster phase-out of risky toxins

The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has released new guidelines aimed at reducing the damage done by pesticides that pose especially high toxic risks to human health and the environment.

El Nino's impact is not over as it's sibling looms — Part 1

The current El Nino weather phenomenon which began last year has affected 60 million people worldwide, leaving many countries in desperate need of assistance. But even as El Nino begins to weaken, we are not out of the woods yet.

Earth Day signing of Paris climate deal brings out 171 countries

New York - A record 171 countries turned out on Earth Day at the United Nations in New York on Friday to sign the Paris climate deal, raising hopes that it will be enacted much faster than anticipated.

U.S.-backed South Sudan government accused of horrific war crimes

Geneva - A new United Nations report accuses U.S.-backed South Sudanese forces of committing widespread and horrific war crimes against innocent civilians, including torture, rape of women and children and murder.

UN denies 'world drug decriminalization' claim by Richard Branson

Kuala Lumpur - Sir Richard Branson caused a stir when he shared an unpublished draft document on drug policy from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) that purports decriminalizing drugs would be in agreement with international law.

Iranian youth opposition set to take on President Rouhani Special

New York - Monday is going to be a busy day in New York City, with thousands of Iranian protesters set to denounce Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's presence at the United Nations.

Asia Society to honor Pacquiao as 'Game Changer of the Year'

Philippine congressman and eight-division world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao has been chosen "2015 Game Changer of the Year" by the Asia Society and will receive the award on Oct. 13 at the United Nations in New York.

Shining a light on global development

This year is the International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies, backed by the United Nations. The objective is to raise global awareness of the social, economic and developmental role of light and optical technologies.

Poor state of the world’s soils revealed

Soils are essential for the world’s food system. Soil regulates water, carbon and nitrogen cycles. However, the state of many soils in the world is poor and action is needed as part of strategies to boost food production.

UN investigates UK Govt. over human rights welfare reform abuses

The United Nations plans to visit the UK to investigate whether Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith's welfare reforms have caused harmful and systematic abuses of disabled people's human rights, The Independent reports.

US, other wealthy countries block UN efforts to fight tax evasion

Leaders in the United States and elsewhere love to complain about international tax evasion. Millionaires and billionaires, they often argue, avoiding their tax bills. Turns out when it comes to action, however, government leaders are all talk.

Op-Ed: U.N. and others press for a humanitarian pause in Yemen conflict

Sanaa - Pressure is building from the United States, other countries, and the United Nations for a "humanitarian pause" in the bombing and fighting in Yemen during Ramadan.

LGBT community remain targets of 'grotesque' violence: UN report

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons remain the target of brutal attacks and hatred from others worldwide, according to a recent report issued by the United Nations.

U.N. report mentions recent U.S. torture of Afghan detainees

A newly-released United Nations report on detainee torture in Afghanistan details widespread serious abuses committed by Afghan security forces, and multiple "credible and reliable" reports of recent torture by US forces.

UN Security Council powers may lose veto on genocide votes

Amnesty has called on members of the UN Security Council to relinquish their veto power. The recent findings of the 2014 Amnesty Annual Report shows repeated abuse of their vetoes by failing to protect civilians and provide them with peace and security.

U.N. report says Islamic State may be committing genocide

A newly-released United Nations report details what the world body calls possible genocide being committed by Islamic State militants in territories the group controls in parts of western and northern Iraq.

Claims of organ harvesting against ISIS taken to U.N.

Iraq's ambassador to the United Nations asked the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday to investigate allegations that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is using organ harvesting to finance its operations.

Over 21 dead in machete massacre — Democratic Republic of Congo

Kinshasa - Machete-wielding attackers crept into the town of Mayangose in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo overnight and massacred 14 men and 7 women, surprisingly sparing the children, reported a spokesman for a civil society.

Let there be Light Special

For 1.5 million people worldwide, the coming of sunset means darkness or the flickering light from cheap kerosene lamps and candles. This ‘light poverty’ has far reaching consequences, in terms of health and economics.

U.N. condemns Israeli killing of Spanish peacekeeper in Lebanon

New York - The United Nations Security Council has condemned the killing of a Spanish UN peacekeeper by Israeli forces responding to a Hezbollah missile attack that killed two Israel Defense Forces soldiers.

UN troops nab leader of Central African Rep. anti-Muslim militia

United Nations peacekeeping troops arrested a leader of a Christian militia accused of committing ethnic cleansing against Muslims in the Central African Republic (CAR).

Global warming initiatives paying big sums

Countries around the world open their wallets and try to pitch in for the climate fund. Falling short of their pledge of $10b, this controversial issue for developing countries might see a different insight.

Top 10 most pressing worldwide issues in 2015 Special

The predictions are not based on gazing into a crystal ball. Instead, research and insights from experts make the most urgent issues facing the world in 2015 crystal clear.

UN adopts June 21 as 'International Yoga Day'

New York - The UN General Assembly (UNGA) has formally declared that June 21 will be recognized as International Yoga Day, in honor of India's "holistic approach to health and well-being."

Op-Ed: Canada and U.S. oppose resolution against glorifying Nazism

New York - Last Friday, Canada along with the U.S. opposed a resolution that was meant to combat glorification of Nazism. The only other country to vote against the resolution was Ukraine.

Op-Ed: More ISIS war crimes and crimes against humanity

The latest United Nations report about the Islamist State (IS, formerly of course ISIS) group's atrocities in Syria is damning, but certainly not surprising.

Mom of slain Ferguson youth taking case to the UN Committee

When an event such as the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri gets media attention, it gets that attention all over the world.
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Navanethem Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
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A woman cries as the United Nations Security Council observes a minute of silence upon the news of the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela, December 5, 2013
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Villagers fleeing their homes in Sake, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)’s North Kivu province, after fighting erupted between FARDC Government forces and rebel groups
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Equatorial Guinea Saluted in New York City - Victor Mooney reads the proclamation to H.E. Anatolio Ndong Mba, Permanent Ambassador to the United Nations for Equatorial Guinea, as his wife looks on.
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Protesters wearing masks of the world leaders in front of the national stadium during the last day of the 19th conference of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP19) in Warsaw, November 22, 2013
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A prison cell at the United Nations detention unit in The Hague.
A prison cell at the United Nations detention unit in The Hague.
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U.S. Marines conduct rifle movement drills during sustainment training aboard the USS Iwo Jima
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This ivory carving is a gift from China presented to the United Nations in 1974. It depicts the Chen...
This ivory carving is a gift from China presented to the United Nations in 1974. It depicts the Chengtu-Kunming railway, which was opened to traffic in 1970 and covers a distance of over 1,000 kilometers. The railway connects two Chinese provinces, Yunnan Province in the South and Szechuan Province in the North. The sculpture was carved from eight elephant tusks, and it is said that 98 people worked on it for more than two years. It is amazing for its detail - it is possible to see even tiny
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Bashar Ja’afari, Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the UN, speaks to journalists regarding the latest allegations of use of chemical weapons in his country and the possibility of military action against the Syrian government being contemplated by several permanent members of the Security Council
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David Webb travelled widely in the UK, on the Continent, and in the US. This photograph of the entrance to the League of Nations building was found in his collection. It was taken in 1947, probably by him or if not him then by a companion.
The United Nations Assembly Hall.
The United Nations Assembly Hall.
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The international United Nations campaign Nothing But Nets made a stop in Toronto to help bring awar...
The international United Nations campaign Nothing But Nets made a stop in Toronto to help bring awareness to residents that malaria is a serious global issue. They urged people to donate money to buy a net for those refugees living in African camps.
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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre) speaks to journalists in Vienna, Austria
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Treating cholera patients in Haiti.
Treating cholera patients in Haiti.
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Milan Lukic sitting before the ICTY in The Hague in 2009.
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The UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign invites you to “Orange YOUR Neighbourhood”
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UN Headquarters in New York City's Turtle Bay.
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