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Cybersecurity and 75th anniversary of the UN charter Special

June 26th marks the 75th anniversary of the United Nations. The formation of the UN has probably led to a lowering of military conflict. How can it handle conflict moving into cyberspace?

International Women's Day highlights gender inequality

Calling himself “a proud feminist,” U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres lashed out at men who abuse power and declared that the fight for gender equality is “the biggest human rights challenge we face.”

Locust outbreak in East Africa spreads to South Sudan

The worst locust outbreak that parts of East Africa have seen in 70 years has reached South Sudan, a country where roughly half the population already faces hunger after years of civil war, officials announced Tuesday.

UN ruling on climate refugees a legal 'tipping-point'

It is unlawful for governments to return people to countries where their lives might be threatened by the climate crisis, a landmark ruling by the United Nations human rights committee has found.

American tribes turn to UN after U.S. ignores climate change

Native American tribes in Louisiana and Alaska are asking the United Nations for help, claiming the United States has violated their human rights by failing to take action on climate change.

Phishing campaign targets UN humanitarian organizations Special

An ongoing phishing campaign has been actively launching attacks against the United Nations and several humanitarian aid organizations. The campaign aims to steal user identities.

Fossil fuel's demise rests on a world awakened to climate crisis

While youth activists stormed the streets around the globe demanding action on the climate crisis - Republican lawmakers, including leadership, huddled with the fossil fuel industry, a major source of fundraising for U.S. policymakers.

UN action on climate crisis threatened by 'Triple Whammy'

The United Nations has been hit with a "triple whammy" of events that could hamper efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.

World is losing its 'political will' to fight climate change

Wellington - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres launched a brief South Pacific tour in New Zealand Sunday, warning the world was "not on track" to limiting global temperature rises.

UN launches digital experts panel

The Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, has emphasized the importance of new technology, and he has launched a new UN-backed digital experts panel.

Violence pushes world's refugees to record high of 68.5 million

Wars, persecution, and violence have driven a record 68.5 million people from their homes, worldwide, more than the population of Britain or France, the U.N. refugee agency said on Tuesday.

Trudeau government pressured to lead the ban on 'killer robots'

Ottawa - The Trudeau government is facing pressure on several fronts to lead an international ban on the use of autonomous weapons, the so-called "killer robots" that some fear could result from artificial intelligence run amok.

U.N. blasts 'staggering' loss of life from U.S. bombing of Raqqa

United Nations human rights investigators on Wednesday condemned the "staggering loss of civilian life" caused by U.S.-led air strikes in and around Raqqa, Syria.

Op-Ed: Why Russia vetoed UN resolution condemning Syrian chemical attack

New York - On Wednesday, Russia vetoed a resolution condemning the chemical attack in northern Syria that killed over 80 people. The resolution was sponsored by France, the UK and the US all of whom have claimed that Bashar Assad is responsible for the attack.

Famine update: Four regions of the world at risk for starvation

Four regions in Africa were singled out last month by the U.N. General-Secretary in a $4.4 billion appeal to avert catastrophic starvation and death. The four regions also share a common thread tying them to their circumstances - violent conflict.

Israel told New Zealand UN anti-settlement resolution meant 'war'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned New Zealand's foreign minister that his nation's co-sponsorship of a United Nations resolution asking Israel to stop settlement construction in illegally occupied Palestine was a "declaration of war."

Aleppo families facing starvation and a very bleak winter

Air strikes and artillery fire have pounded rebel-held east Aleppo for four straight days after a four-week pause. A senior UN official says, "Food is running out and the medical sector is "kneeling under the burden of so many wounded civilians."

Sierra Nevada's 'Dream Chaser' to fly first UN mission in 2021

Five years from now, a private space plane will fly a two-week robotic mission in low-Earth orbit as part of a cooperative agreement between the Sierra Nevada Corp. and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA).

Paris Climate Pact moves closer to reality — 60 nations sign on

New York - The world is now much closer to the threshold of 55 countries representing at least 55 percent of emissions, needed that would put the Paris Climate Agreement into force.

Op-Ed: Since Quartet report settlement construction surges in Israel

Jerusalem - Israeli settlement expansion has surged in the two months since a diplomatic Quartet report called for a halt to the construction of Jewish settlements on land claimed by Palestine.

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.
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Rough diamonds are shown in this photograph from 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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World Wildlife Fund (WWF) activists light candles representing the earth as they demonstrate UN Climate Change policies, which fell short of an all-encompassing deal to help slow floods, droughts, heatwaves and rising sea levels
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Twitter user Olivia raises the U.N. campaign for meat free days.
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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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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
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U.S. Marines conduct rifle movement drills during sustainment training.
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President Barack Obama, speaking to the United Nations General Assembly
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Comic in which Superman renounces his citizenship in his adopted nation, the USA.
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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre) and students of the New Explorations into Science, Mathematics and Technology
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Security Council Authorizes African Union Mission in Central African Republic. The Council also authorized support of MISCA by French forces.
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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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In an event dubbed the Great Global Gaza Bounce, 7,200 campers of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) Summer Games gather in Gaza City in a bid to set the Guinness World Record for the largest simultaneous basketball bounce
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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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Ban Ki-Moon, United Nations Secretary-General, limits freedom of expression to "common purpose".
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