After losing some of the limelight in the past fortnight due to the Israel-Hamas deal for the release of Gilad Shalit, the “official” Palestinian leadership of Fatah and Mahmoud Abbas bounced back yesterday.
The birth of the world’s seven billionth baby — little Danica from the Philippines — became a big media story. But while the United Nations says we’ve reached seven billion, the US Census Bureau argues that it won’t happen for another four months.
While Côte d’Ivoire may be relatively stable for now, human rights organisations continue to express concern at the government’s seeming unwillingness to investigate and prosecute its own forces, writes journalist Clair MacDougall.
Cancun is probably the perfect venue for the 16th Conference of the Parties and for the UN climate change secretariat to kick the partying college students out for a fortnight and get to work on their six-packs. Because that’s probably all they’ll achieve, says Giles Parkinson.
Day two of UN climate talks in heavily-polluted Tianjin fittingly started with a side event on coal use in China. Burning coal and the “structural imbalance” of energy use is the hot topic, writes Owen Pascoe, who is at the talks for the Australian Conservation Foundation.
Up to 20 million people are currently homeless because of Pakistan’s epic floods, leaving an already politically embattled nation struggling to survive and UN chief Ban Ki-moon pleading for aid from foreign donors.
The UN has upheld Kosovo’s declaration of independence from Serbia. The battle for Kosovo may have been lost, writes Simon Tisdall, but this legal decision sets an important precedent for other separatist groups.
More conflict between Iran and the U.N. has ensued following the ban of two nuclear inspectors from Tehran. Iran officials allege the inspectors leaked false information about experiments conducted at a research laboratory.
News that half of the food aid sent to Somalia ends up in the hands of contractors, militants and UN staffers is just the latest scandal in a long history of corruption in the UN’s World Food Programme.
How a UN and World Bank-backed scheme to bring clean drinking water to millions of Bangladeshis went horribly wrong, resulting in what the World Health Organisation has labeled “the largest mass poisoning of a population in history”.
A Chinese think-tank report from the Copenhagen climate summit leaked to the Guardian reveals the government didn’t set out to spoil the talks, just to avoid rich nations’ “conspiracy to divide the developing world”.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon tells of his experiences in Haiti in an op-ed for the Washington Post and makes his plea: helping Haiti swiftly and effectively in its hour of need will give hope to the entire world’s poor.
The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has egg on its face after its long-held claim that climate change will melt most of the Himalayan glaciers by 2035 has been revealed as pure speculation published in a non-academic pop-science magazine.
Ousted former senior UN official Peter Galbraith says a NYT piece accusing him of plotting to oust Afghan President Hamid Karzai was false: the UN is just trying to distract people from its terrible mishandling of the country’s elections.
Following revelations of wide-spread fraud in the Afghan election, fired senior UN official Peter Galbraith planned to enlist the US’s help to replace President Hamid Karzai with “a more Western-friendly figure”. Is that the real reason he was given the boot?
Documents leaked to the Times reveal the United Nations has been negotiating with Iranian officials to lift the country’s nuclear sanctions, allowing it to retain most of its nuclear program, in return for co-operation with UN inspectors.