United Nations

UN is an international organisation founded after World War II aims to provide a dialogue platform between countries, fortifying international corporation and preventing future wars. There are currently 193 members lead by five permanent members of the Security Council - US, Russia, UK, France, and China. The organization currently has six principal organs: General Assembly, Security Council, Economic and Social Council, Secretariat, International Court of Justice, and the Trusteeship Council.  

We can deter US nuclear threat, warns North Korea's foreign minister

North Korea's foreign minister Ri Su-yong warned that his country had the power to deter an "ever-increasing nuclear threat" by the United States with a pre-emptive strike if necessary. Photo: AP

North Korea's foreign minister yesterday warned his country had the power to deter an "ever-increasing nuclear threat" by the United States with a pre-emptive strike if necessary.

Wednesday, 4 March, 2015, 6:47am

China opposes draft of UN sanctions against South Sudan

China's UN ambassador Liu Jieyi said he saw no "logic" behind the proposed resolution. Photo: Xinhua

China has indicated it opposes a US-drafted resolution that would open a path for UN sanctions against those blocking peace and promoting violence in South Sudan.

2 Mar 2015 - 8:11pm 1 comment

Rajendra Pachauri, head of UN climate change panel, steps down amid sexual harassment allegations

Rajendra Pachauri had chaired the climate panel since 2002.

The leader of the UN's expert panel on climate change stepped down on Tuesday amid an investigation into a colleague's allegations of sexual harassment.

25 Feb 2015 - 6:52am

UN chief sends New Year greetings to Chinese people

UN chief Ban Ki-moon sends New Year greetings to Chinese people.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday extended his warm greetings to the Chinese people on the occasion of the Lunar New Year.

20 Feb 2015 - 7:23pm

China to chair meeting to mark 70th anniversary of founding of the United Nations

China's ambassador to the UN, Liu Jieyi, told reporters that principles including "non-interference" were key the world body's success. Photo: Xinhua

Foreign Minister Wang Yi is to preside over an open meeting at the UN Security Council to mark the 70th anniversary of the global organisation's founding and victory against fascism in the second world war.

5 Feb 2015 - 6:00am

UN rejects China's move to black out NGO criticism

UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric says the NGO committee will continue to report on the stance of countries.

China has been forced to drop a measure at the UN that targeted NGOs seeking to be heard at the world body.

1 Feb 2015 - 5:24am 13 comments

UN General Assembly votes for probe to solve Dag Hammarskjold's death

Dag Hammarskjold's death remains unsolved. Photo: AFP

The UN General Assembly has voted unanimously to ask Ban Ki-moon to appoint an independent panel to examine new information about the plane crash that killed former secretary general Dag Hammarskjold in 1961.

31 Dec 2014 - 6:10am

No time to lose in battle against Ebola, says UN's Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (centre) and WHO Director General Margaret Chan at a press briefing on Friday. Photo: AFP

The UN chief has warned that Ebola might be easing in parts of West Africa but is still hitting hard in other areas and outpacing the international response.

23 Nov 2014 - 8:13am

For men only: Iceland stages sexual equality conference with a difference

Iceland's Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson speaks during the general debate of the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly. Photo: Xinhua

Iceland has announced a UN conference on women and sexual equality - with only men and boys invited.

1 Oct 2014 - 3:01am

Islamic State and Hamas bent on global domination, like Nazis, warns Netanyahu

Isarelai Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu holds up a photo of an alleged Hamas rocket as he addresses the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly in New York. Photo: AFP

In a blistering speech to the UN, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that Hamas and the Islamic State group were "branches of the same poisonous tree", and both bent on world domination through terror.

1 Oct 2014 - 7:55pm

UN racism envoy puts South Korea's reputation for prejudice to test

A controversial cigarette advert featuring a chimpanzee. Photo: AFP

South Korea's efforts to rid itself of a reputation for casual racial discrimination and overbearing ethnic nationalism will come under scrutiny this week from the UN's top expert on racism.

30 Sep 2014 - 6:59pm

Foreign minister Wang Yi calls truth in history, with eye to Japan, in UN speech

Foreign Minister Wang Yi addresses the UN General Assembly on Saturday. Photo: AP

Foreign Minister Wang Yi repeated an assertion that no one should distort history and that "aggression should not be denied" in an apparent reference to Japan in a speech on Saturday.

29 Sep 2014 - 7:26pm 24 comments

Barack Obama urges world leaders to unite in fight against Islamic State

Barack Obama urges world leaders to unite in fight against Islamic State

Declaring the world at a crossroads between war and peace, US President Barack Obama vowed at the UN to lead a coalition to dismantle an Islamic State "network of death" that has wreaked havoc in the Middle East.

25 Sep 2014 - 8:13am 3 comments

Uganda's Sam Kutesa elected UN General Assembly president

Sam Kutesa (centre) has been accused of corruption and of supporting his country's notoriously fierce anti-gay law. Photo: Xinhua

The UN General Assembly unanimously elected Uganda's Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa to be its next president amid controversy over his country's anti-gay laws and allegations that he abused his office and accepted bribes from foreign companies.

13 Jun 2014 - 5:20am

Orwellian echoes in a post-UN world

Wang Min (centre), China's deputy permanent representative to the United Nations, votes against a Security Council draft resolution on Syria, at the UN headquarters in New York. Photo: Xinhua

We could be approaching the end of an era. After 1945, the United Nations was set up with the intention of making war impossible by providing the world with a universally acknowledged dispute resolution mechanism.

23 May 2014 - 3:15am 1 comment