Palestinians demand UN vote on Israeli withdrawal, defeat likely

2014-12-30 22:11

The UN Security Council is expected to vote on a Palestinian draft resolution that calls for a peace deal with Israel within a year and an end of the Israeli occupation.

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.

Gaddafi chastises UN over wars

2009-09-23 19:08

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has chastised the UN for failing to intervene or prevent 65 wars that have erupted around the world since the organisation was founded in 1945.

Global climate deal 'unlikely'

2009-09-08 20:08

Britain's Foreign Secretary says there is danger a United Nations conference in Copenhagen won't strike a global deal on climate change.

Niger economy is booming

2009-07-05 10:40

Niger, a deeply impoverished and arid West African country, last year posted an impressive overall GDP growth rate of 9.5%, up from 3.3% the previous year.

Madagascar crisis drags on

2009-06-25 21:08

Three months after Madagascar's president was ousted in an army-backed coup, the new regime is struggling to rally international support.

DRC: 20 female prisoners raped

2009-06-23 20:15

The DRC's attorney general says that around 20 female prisoners were raped during a botched prison break attempt.


Pledges to UN Ebola fund more than double

2014-10-22 09:54

Pledges to a United Nations trust fund calling for nearly $1bn to fight Ebola in West Africa have more than doubled to almost $50m.

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.

'Stop subsidising fossil fuel'

2009-09-24 11:58

President Barack Obama is calling on the world to end massive government subsidies that encourage the use of fossil fuels blamed for global warming.

Rajoelina invited to UN meeting

2009-09-17 17:22

The United Nations has invited Madagascar's diplomatically isolated president, Andry Rajoelina, to next week's General Assembly meeting, says his office.

UN urges improved relations

2009-07-29 10:30

A senior UN envoy has called for efforts to reduce tensions between Chad and Sudan and to tackle increasing insecurity in the neighbouring Central African Republic.

Civilians killed in Sudan raid

2009-06-28 22:18

Darfur rebels on Sunday accused Sudan government forces of a bombing raid on their territory which killed at least eight civilians, as mediators step up pressure for a settlement in the violent western region.

Zimbabwe still hungry - UN

2009-06-25 14:43

Zimbabwe is still threatened by food shortages despite improved agricultural production and more liberal imports, the United Nations says.

Amputations put off over heat

2009-06-23 18:17

An Islamic Somalian court that sentenced four men to hand and leg amputations, have postponed the punishment, saying the sweltering weather could kill them.

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