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  • Apr 19, 2014
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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.  

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

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.

Thursday, 20 March, 2014, 5:08am

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Francois Hollande seeks 'gestures' in meeting with Hassan Rowhani

French President Francois Hollande urged Iran to make "concrete gestures" on its disputed nuclear programme before meeting Tehran's new leader. Hollande later became the first Western leader to meet President Hassan Rowhani, a reputed moderate.

26 Sep 2013 - 4:11am

High drama as stage set for US-Iran nuclear talks

The United States and Iran have set the stage for what could become their most serious contacts in a generation, but direct talks on the Iranian nuclear programme are likely to be slow, difficult and fragile.

26 Sep 2013 - 4:01am

Syria poses challenge for Obama's ambassador to UN, Samantha Power

Nearly a year before the world woke up to images of Syrians dying in a chemical weapons attack, Samantha Power was quietly pushing US President Barack Obama for a military strike to stop the "grotesque tactics" of President Bashar al-Assad. For a fleeting moment this month, it seemed she had prevailed.

24 Sep 2013 - 5:41pm 1 comment

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