Pistorius backers want UN to step in

International Supporters for Oscar Pistorius have launched an online petition to the United Nations Commissioner on Human Rights regarding his murder sentence.

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Rich nations disagree over coal subsidies

2015-09-15 11:03

Rich nations are stubbornly divided ahead of talks in Paris to seek a deal to phase out coal subsidies in a difficulty on agreeing on action to curb global warming.

UN: World's poorest need R2 000 a year to end hunger

2015-07-12 11:51

If the world adopts a "business as usual" approach, by 2030, we would still have more than 650 million people suffering from hunger, says the United Nations.

WATCH NOW: Yvonne Chaka Chaka has a message for you!

2015-04-02 12:03

The legendary musician celebrates 50 years of life, 30 years as a musician and 10 years as an Unicef Goodwill Ambassador.

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

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.


SA pledges to peak its greenhouse gases by 2025

2015-09-28 07:27

SA says it will need funding of R41.7bn a year for 10 years to invest in renewable electricity and R4.85trn for 40 years to totally decarbonise its power industry.

Global tourist numbers up in first half - UN

2015-09-10 19:55

The number of international tourists has risen worldwide during the first half of 2015 although security and health concerns hit hard some African destinations.

US, China top in dumping of electronic waste

2015-04-19 15:36

The United States and China have contributed most to record mountains of electronic waste such as cellphones, hair dryers and fridges in 2014.

Ed Sheeran, Cody Simpson and Charli XCX star in International Day of Happiness video

2015-03-20 16:00

Ed Sheeran, Cody Simpson and Charli XCX celebrate International Day Of Happiness in a new video.

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.

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.

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