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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.  

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.

Sunday, 23 November, 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 26 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

China-US co-operation would reduce hot air on climate change

Illustration: Emilio Rivera

Lots of fossil fuel has been burned over two decades as government officials and sundry others have sped across the globe to frequent United Nations-sponsored meetings aimed at tackling catastrophic climate change.

20 Mar 2014 - 5:08am

United Nations to cut staff for first time since 1945 amid belt-tightening

The UN General Assembly approved a net reduction of 219 positions.

The United Nations authorised a staff cut for the first time since the international body was created in 1945, yielding to pressure from member states to reduce spending as governments suffer from financial strains.

29 Dec 2013 - 7:47am

UN delegates agree basis for global climate pact

Posing as leaders of rich countries France, Japan, the US and Germany, activists protest outside the Warsaw venue. Photo: AP

UN negotiators reached consensus yesterday on some of the foundations for a global climate pact, modifying wording in a document that had threatened to derail talks in Warsaw.

24 Nov 2013 - 6:56am

Draft United Nations resolution says spies are abusing human rights

German Chancellor Angela Merkel condemns the widespread snooping by the US National Security Agency.

Germany and Brazil circulated a draft resolution to a UN General Assembly committee that calls for an end to excessive electronic surveillance, data collection and other invasions of privacy.

3 Nov 2013 - 7:43am

Germany, Brazil draft UN resolution calling for end to excessive spying

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff

Germany and Brazil are drafting a UN General Assembly resolution demanding an end to excessive spying and invasion of privacy, after a former US intelligence contractor revealed massive international surveillance programmes, UN diplomats said.

27 Oct 2013 - 6:22am

United Nations Habitat executive director calls for the creation of denser cities

The United Nations has advice for city planners around the world: move people closer together. Photo: AFP

Designing more compact, higher-density cities is key to improving the well-being of the world's burgeoning urban population, said undersecretary general Joan Clos, the executive director of UN Habitat and a former mayor of Barcelona.

6 Oct 2013 - 5:24am

Obama, Rowhani come close to a historic handshake at UN

Rowhani speaks at the UN headquarters in New York. Photo: AP

The US and Iranian presidents, Barack Obama and Hassan Rowhani, came agonisingly close to a historic handshake on Tuesday, officials said. Leaders from Iran and the US have not met since the 1979 Islamic revolution brought open hostility to their contacts, particularly over Iran's contested nuclear programme.

26 Sep 2013 - 4:05am