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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.

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.
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Navanethem Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
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UN: The Security Council Chamber
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An installation of seats from the old Maple Leafs Garden in Toronto, now on display at the new Loblaws
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Comic in which Superman renounces his citizenship in his adopted nation  the USA.
Comic in which Superman renounces his citizenship in his adopted nation, the USA.
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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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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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A child of Somali refugees, at a camp in Malkadiida, Ethiopia.
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UN Headquarters in New York City's Turtle Bay.
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Interventions  a life in war and peace by Kofi Annan  published by The Penguin Press  NY (2012).
Interventions, a life in war and peace by Kofi Annan, published by The Penguin Press, NY (2012).
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A Boeing 747 chartered by the World Food Program (WFP) delivers two ambulances, 40 motorbikes, parts for a biomedical waste disposal machine, tents, 130 hospital beds and information and communications technology equipment to Freetown, Sierra Leone December 16, 2014.
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Twitter user Olivia raises the U.N. campaign for meat free days.
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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.
United Nations General Assembly hall in New York City.
United Nations General Assembly hall in New York City.
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Father and son standing with their belongings following the latest demolitions in the West Bank, which displaced 68 people.
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President Barack Obama, speaking to the United Nations General Assembly
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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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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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Meme of Prime Minister Netanyahu's cartoon bomb
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U.S. Marines conduct rifle movement drills during sustainment training.
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