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What is Cop26 and what could be achieved?
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What is Cop26 and what could be achieved?

Delegates expected to land in Scotland in matter of weeks
22 Sep 2021
The potential paths for climate change roadmap
Firefighters battle ongoing wildfires in Greece
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The potential paths for climate change roadmap

Experts say government intervention will be key in tackling environmental crisis
10 Aug 2021
Electing rights abusers will ‘discredit’ UN, dissidents warn
Vladimir Putin addressing the UN General Assembly.
In Depth

Electing rights abusers will ‘discredit’ UN, dissidents warn

China, Russia and Saudi Arabia among nations set to win seats on the council
13 Oct 2020
Instant Opinion: coronavirus rules are ‘hurting the young’
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Instant Opinion: coronavirus rules are ‘hurting the young’

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Thursday 24 September
24 Sep 2020
Coronavirus pandemic threatens ‘biblical famine’
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Coronavirus pandemic threatens ‘biblical famine’

UN expert says the crisis is causing a ‘hunger pandemic’
22 Apr 2020
Could coronavirus lead to world peace?
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In Brief

Could coronavirus lead to world peace?

International leaders throw their weight behind plans for a global ceasefire – but will it hold?
17 Apr 2020
What’s next for Libya?
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What’s next for Libya?

The warring factions in the country are due to resume talks this week in hopes of a ceasefire
17 Feb 2020

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Why Australia’s government is unmoved on climate change
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Why Australia’s government is unmoved on climate change

New South Wales declares second state of emergency in as many months as bushfires ravage region
19 Dec 2019
Mark Carney appointed UN envoy for climate change
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Mark Carney appointed UN envoy for climate change

Governor of Bank of England to take up new role at the end of January
2 Dec 2019
UN: global emissions must halve to avoid catastrophe
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UN: global emissions must halve to avoid catastrophe

‘Bleak’ global emissions gap report slams collective failure on climate
27 Nov 2019
Chagos Islands: UK defies UN handover deadline
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Chagos Islands: UK defies UN handover deadline

Government comes in for criticism after ignoring calls to return islands to Mauritius
22 Nov 2019
Instant Opinion: Brexit confusion is ‘the whole idea’
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Instant Opinion: Brexit confusion is ‘the whole idea’

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Wednesday 23 October
23 Oct 2019
Instant Opinion: Uefa ‘must not fail’ black footballers
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Instant Opinion: Uefa ‘must not fail’ black footballers

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Wednesday 16 October
16 Oct 2019
UN General Assembly: five global clashes to watch out for
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UN General Assembly: five global clashes to watch out for

From climate change denial to the Kashmir conflict, this year’s meeting looks set to be a tense affair
23 Sep 2019
World to miss UN sustainable development goals ‘by decades’
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In Brief

World to miss UN sustainable development goals ‘by decades’

‘Towering achievement’ risks being undermined by growing inequality and climate change
20 Sep 2019
UK may be complicit in Yemen war crimes, says UN
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UK may be complicit in Yemen war crimes, says UN

Experts say Western powers could be held responsible for horrors of the conflict
4 Sep 2019
Indefinite conscription: why so many people flee Eritrea
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Indefinite conscription: why so many people flee Eritrea

Young migrants risk dangerous sea crossings to avoid abuse and forced labour
13 Aug 2019
Almost 71 million displaced: the worst-affected countries
Displaced children at a refugee camp in South Sudan during a UN humanitarian visit in 2018
In Depth

Almost 71 million displaced: the worst-affected countries

UN refugee agency says one person is forcibly displaced every two seconds as worldwide total hits record high
19 Jun 2019
Rwandan genocide 25 years on: what happened?
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Rwandan genocide 25 years on: what happened?

As many as one million people from the Tutsi ethnic group were brutally slaughtered over the course of just 100 days in 1994
2 Apr 2019
UN: 'severe' threat to food from decline in biodiversity
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UN: 'severe' threat to food from decline in biodiversity

Report says 'the foundations of our food systems' are being undermined
22 Feb 2019
Jamal Khashoggi murdered by Saudi state, says UN probe
A vigil is held in London for murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi
In Brief

Jamal Khashoggi murdered by Saudi state, says UN probe

Prominent critic of Riyadh regime ‘was the victim of a brutal and premeditated killing’
8 Feb 2019
Paris climate change ‘rulebook’ agreed
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In Brief

Paris climate change ‘rulebook’ agreed

COP24 summit seals accord, but major issues remain unresolved
17 Dec 2018
Heather Nauert: former Fox News host to be UN ambassador
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Heather Nauert: former Fox News host to be UN ambassador

Experts say that decision to replace Nikki Haley with ‘inexperienced’ ex-journalist is ‘hard to believe’
7 Dec 2018
China’s secret Muslim internment camps revealed
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In Brief

China’s secret Muslim internment camps revealed

BBC investigation exposes ‘prison-type structure’ exclusively for Xinjiang’s Muslim minorities
25 Oct 2018
Why did Nikki Haley resign as US envoy to UN?
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In Brief

Why did Nikki Haley resign as US envoy to UN?

US ambassador to UN has been ‘one of Trump’s most trusted advisors’ and dismissed rumours she will challenge him in 2020
10 Oct 2018
Climate change: what are the risks and what can we do?
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Climate change: what are the risks and what can we do?

Leading scientists say urgent changes needed to cut risk of extreme heat, drought, floods and poverty
8 Oct 2018
Donald Trump embraces patriotism over globalism at UN
Donald Trump addresses the UN General Assembly
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Donald Trump embraces patriotism over globalism at UN

US president uses second address to General Assembly to stress the importance of sovereignty
26 Sep 2018
The four diseases responsible for majority of human deaths
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In Brief

The four diseases responsible for majority of human deaths

Researchers say more than half of all UN countries will miss targets on cutting premature deaths from quartet of killers
21 Sep 2018
Everything Donald Trump has threatened to quit
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Everything Donald Trump has threatened to quit

US president says he may withdraw US from the WTO - so what other pacts has he dumped?
31 Aug 2018
Why is the UN running out of money?
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Why is the UN running out of money?

Secretary-General warns member states to pay up or face urgent cuts
27 Jul 2018
Why has the US quit the UN human rights council?
US envoy to the UN Nikki Haley announces the withdrawal from the human rights council
In Brief

Why has the US quit the UN human rights council?

Ambassador calls body ‘a cesspool of political bias’
20 Jun 2018
Why did UN not act over ‘sex-for-food’ charity scandal?
Displaced children at a refugee camp in South Sudan during a UN humanitarian visit in 2018
In Brief

Why did UN not act over ‘sex-for-food’ charity scandal?

Unpublished report implicates 40 aid organisations whose workers traded food, oil and access to education for sex
30 May 2018
Water shortages ‘set to hit five billion people by 2050’
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Water shortages ‘set to hit five billion people by 2050’

UN warns of threat of civil unrest, mass migration and wars over water
19 Mar 2018
Syrian women ‘forced to trade sex for aid’
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Syrian women ‘forced to trade sex for aid’

Local men delivering aid for the UN and international charities responsible for abuse, report finds
27 Feb 2018
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