Global leaders focus on SME competitiveness

2014-08-26 16:02

The urgent need to create trade and employment opportunities by increasing the competitiveness of SMEs will be in the spotlight at an upcoming UN event.

Israel defies calls for truce

2014-07-13 07:46

Israel has widened its range of Gaza bombing targets to civilian institutions with suspected Hamas ties and deployed ground troops inside Gaza for the first time.

UN climate talks fracture over carbon markets

2014-06-16 20:00

The use of carbon markets to curb rising greenhouse gas emissions was dealt a blow after two weeks of UN talks ended in deadlock.

World food prices fall - food agency

2014-02-06 14:10

Global food prices have fallen in January, led by declines in the costs of certain food sources, says the United Nations food agency


Zuma addresses UN

2013-09-25 09:32

Addressing the UN, President Zuma denounced moves by developed countries to change the rules that govern the development partnerships. Watch.

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Over 60 countries sign arms trade treaty

2013-06-03 22:15

More than 60 countries have signed a landmark conventional arms trade treaty, but the US has held back from joining the first wave of signatories.

Do more with boom, UN tells Mozambique

2013-04-16 19:20

Mozambique is set to be Africa's fastest growing economy this year, but the UN has urged the government to do more with the country's natural resource boom.

UN: Abandon biofuel production

2012-10-18 10:02

The European Commission said it was cutting targets for the use of biofuels so as to reduce the negative impact on food production and prices. The UN representative however calls for biofuel to be scrapped globally...

Zuma to address UN

2012-09-22 21:25

President Jacob Zuma will lead South Africa's delegation to the sixty-seventh sitting of the United Nations.


Amnesty International has released a video ahead of the UN Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty in New York. The video focuses on the fact that there are regulations in place for the international trade of bananas but no regulations on arms.

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Brad proposed out of fear for Angie

2012-05-16 22:42

Brad Pitt proposed to Angelina Jolie because he was afraid something might happen to her on her next dangerous mission with the UN.

Foreign investment in SA dives in 2010

2011-07-26 18:22

South Africa's slice of foreign direct investment fell 70% last year, says a new UN report.

Angelina Jolie wants to visit Syria

2011-06-15 15:49

Turkey says Angelina Jolie wants to visit Syrian refugees who have fled violence and are camped out on the Turkish side of the border.

UN laments global food wastage

2011-05-11 12:28

A new United Nations reports says that about a third of the food produced for human consumption every year is lost or wasted.

Green energy use to surge: UN

2011-05-04 15:10

The most comprehensive United Nations overview of the sector says use of renewable energy could increase by three to 20 times by mid-century.

SA freezing Libyan assets

2011-03-24 18:29

SA is in the process of freezing Libyan assets in the country, says International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.

UK media shows footage of Sri Lanka massacre

2010-12-01 13:19

New footage of an apparent massacre by Sri Lankan troops during the island's civil war has been broadcast by British media, alleging at that least seven women were killed.

Business must work with civil society

2010-10-06 14:19

Business should collaborate with civil society in an attempt to promote corporate sustainability, says sir Mark Moody-Stuart, chairman of the United Nations Global Compact Foundation.

Household tonic treats disease

2010-01-12 12:48

Child deaths from diarrhoea can be stopped with a little home-made medicine.

Little aid paid up - UN

2009-10-09 11:01

Less than one-third of the aid that international donors pledged to help Somalia's government boost security and fight piracy has been received, UN officials say.

Taliban claims UN blast

2009-10-06 09:42

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the deadly bombing at a UN building, saying international relief work in Pakistan is not in "the interest of Muslims".

4 000 buried by Indonesia quake

2009-10-03 08:00

Up to 4 000 people are still trapped in rubble following the devastating 7.6-magnitude quake that struck Indonesia this week.

Gaza's 'abject poor' triples

2009-10-01 19:05

The number of Gazans living in "abject" poverty has tripled to 300 000 this year, or one in five residents.

UN chief sacks Afghan deputy

2009-09-30 21:05

UN chief Ban Ki-moon has dismissed the deputy UN special envoy to Afghanistan who has been involved in a row with his boss over the country's fraud-tainted election.

Ban slams peacekeeper death

2009-09-29 21:07

UN chief Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the attack on a joint UN-African Union mission in Darfur that left one Nigerian peacekeeper dead.


Small island states seek economic overhaul

2014-08-25 15:03

Small island states facing a "frightening" rise in sea levels will seek investments in everything from solar energy to fisheries to boost their economies.

UN to recognise all same-sex marriages of staff

2014-07-08 05:30

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced that the United Nations will recognise all same-sex marriages of staff members at the world body.

UN's carbon role questioned

2014-04-25 15:06

The UN body tasked with channelling billions of dollars to cutting emissions is under growing scrutiny as its once booming investment programme dries up.

SA singer appointed UNAids ambassador

2013-10-24 09:12

Gospel and RnB musician Loyiso Bala has been appointed as the national goodwill ambassador for the joint United Nations Programme on HIV/Aids (UNAids), the organisation has said.

Angelina Jolie urges UN to act on war rapes

2013-06-25 12:48

Angelina Jolie has criticised UN Security Council powers for their lack of action over wartime rapes, invoking Syria and other conflicts in a surprise speech to the body.

Norway to SA charity trek

2013-04-23 07:09

A Cape Town couple will embark on a 28 000km journey from the top of Europe to the bottom of Africa to help build the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital in Johannesburg.

Baby-strangler car thief arrested

2013-03-06 12:09

A car thief who strangled a baby during a car theft has surrendered to police after a huge manhunt.

World powers call for new Iran sanctions

2012-09-24 09:00

Britain, France and Germany have officially called for new European Union sanctions against Iran over its nuclear programme, diplomats say.

Bleak outlook for young South Africans

2012-09-04 20:26

Youth unemployment in SA will take longer than previously thought to revert to levels seen before the global financial crisis, the ILO says.


UN observers in Syria have released a video of the devastation being wrought on the city of Homs and its environs. In this video smoke can be seen rising from buildings hit by shells and on the ground footage.

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UN ends sanctions on Libya bank

2011-12-17 10:53

The UN Security Council have lifted sanctions on Libya's central bank and a key investment bank freeing tens of billions of dollars to ease a post-Gaddafii cash crunch.

Area near Gaddafi compound struck

2011-06-16 11:18

Nato has pounded the area near Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's compound again, rattling windows in the heart of the capital with thunderous booms as smoke rose from the vicinity.

UN expects food prices to remain high

2011-06-07 18:38

In spite of a slight drop in May, concerns about stocks will keep global food prices high and volatile for the rest of 2011, warns a report by the UN's food agency.

Green energy use to surge: UN

2011-05-04 15:10

The most comprehensive United Nations overview of the sector says use of renewable energy could increase by three to 20 times by mid-century.

Zuma reaffirms position on Libya

2011-04-04 09:21

The presidency has reaffirmed South Africa's position with regards to the conflict in Libya, calling for an immediate ceasefire and an end to attacks on civilians using peaceful means.

UN warns on oil as food prices spike

2011-03-03 15:12

The UN says oil price surges induced by Middle East unrest would affect volatile global food prices, which again hit a record high in February.

Ford urges US to save nature

2010-10-26 14:58

Actor and environmentalist Harrison Ford has urged the United States to step up its role in protecting nature.

Libya elected to UN rights council

2010-05-14 07:33

Libya has been elected to the UN Human Rights Council over the objections of numerous NGOs that said the country was unfit to serve.

UN seeks $7.1bn for relief

2009-11-30 18:02

The United Nations has called on richer governments to provide a total of $7.1bn in 2010 to fund urgent humanitarian assistance for 48 million people in 25 countries.

Pakistan braces for bombings

2009-10-06 21:06

Pakistan has braced for more militant attacks ahead of an anticipated offensive against a Taliban stronghold.

Bomber strikes UN office

2009-10-05 11:21

Two Pakistani women and an Iraqi national were killed when a suicide bomber struck a heavily-fortified UN office in the heart of the Pakistani capital Islamabad, officials say.

Call for Suu Kyi's release

2009-10-02 19:04

China and other allies of the military government in Myanmar have joined an international call for the release of jailed opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Hillary likes 'being president'

2009-09-30 21:05

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton likes being president - at the UN Security Council - as the United States holds the revolving Security Council presidency.

'End sexual violence in wars'

2009-09-30 19:00

The UN Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution calling for a halt to the use of sexual violence as a tactic of war.

Fears as climate talks resume

2009-09-28 08:39

UN negotiations for a global climate treaty have resumed in Bangkok amid fears that delegates will fail to agree on a draft text.

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