Three women named to top UN posts

2016-12-16 09:12

Incoming UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday announced the appointment of Nigeria's Environment Minister Amina Mohammed to be the UN's number two official and tapped two other women for key leadership posts.

UN experts warn of 'genocidal rhetoric' in Burundi

2016-08-13 07:20

A United Nations watchdog has urged Burundi to immediately address a long line of abuses, including hundreds of extrajudicial killings and widespread torture and sexual abuse, with disturbing ethnic undertones.

US urges UN to back African force for South Sudan

2016-07-30 16:38

The United States urged the UN Security Council to back a regional force for South Sudan to shore up UN peacekeepers unable to cope with the violence.

Summit to issue climate message to world

2015-09-06 16:04

Vulnerable Pacific island nations will send the world an urgent plea for action on climate change at crunch talks in Paris later this year.

Sanction threat on peace deal in S Sudan

2014-08-14 11:30

The United States is considering sanctions on anyone impeding attempts to reach a peace agreement in South Sudan.

Mines close as Ebola death toll hits 83 in Guinea

2014-04-03 12:38

Foreign mining firms have closed mines and pulled out some international staff from their operations in Guinea, as the death toll from suspected cases of Ebola hit 83.

US-China climate deal called "breakthrough" but no long-term cuts

2013-06-13 07:45

China and the United States took a major step in the fight against climate change, but what was termed a "breakthrough" might not do much to lock in carbon emission cuts from the world's two biggest emitters of greenhouse gases.

UN climate talks boost Gulf awareness

2012-12-11 12:12

Despite a shaky start, Qatar was largely praised for hosting the high-profile UN climate change conference.

Climate talks enter second week with dispute

2012-12-03 14:35

Countries entered a second week of climate talks deeply divided as warnings were issued that greenhouse gas levels are putting our planet in peril.

Hurricane Sandy was 'no coincidence'

2012-11-28 11:38

Though it's tricky to link a single weather event to climate change, Hurricane Sandy was "probably not a coincidence".


Proposed UN resolution demands Yemen cease-fire and talks

2016-11-03 12:19

A proposed UN resolution would demand that all parties in Yemen immediately honour an April cease-fire and resume peace negotiations on the basis of a roadmap covering political and security issues.

18 dead as airstrikes hit Syria hospital, market

2016-08-12 21:46

Activists and rescue workers say airstrikes in opposition areas of Syria's northern Aleppo province struck a market, a hospital and a village, killing at least 18 people, including children and two hospital staffers.

Why SA voted against internet freedoms at the UN

2016-07-05 11:04

Issues of racism and incitement of hatred prompted South Africa to vote against a United Nations resolution on the protection of human rights on the internet.

UN agency classifies pesticides as 'probably carcinogenic'

2015-03-23 11:05

The UN's International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified the herbicide glyphosate and the insecticides malathion and diazinon as 'probably carcinogenic' on the basis of 'limited evidence' of cancer among humans.

UN maternal health programmes may be useless

2014-06-30 12:15

Two large analyses of maternal health programmes in developing countries report that the efforts appeared almost useless.


Clinton speaks about Mandela

2013-07-19 08:50
Clinton speaks about Mandela

Former US President Bill Clinton delivered an address at the United Nations honouring Nelson Mandela's accomplishments in public service. Watch the whole speech.

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Too many labs still keep cattle plague

2013-04-18 09:26

"It would be a disaster if it happened."Scientists argue they need samples for research and would be vulnerable to bioterrorist attack without them to produce vaccines in case, for example, a country or group still has the virus.

Ban: Climate deal only a first step

2012-12-10 14:35

Ban Ki-moon believes a new deal on fighting global warming is only a first step and that governments must do "far more" to stop rising temperatures.

Evidence for man-made climate change stronger

2012-11-29 22:23

Evidence that global warming is man-made is getting stronger, the head of a UN panel of climate scientists said.

Clock is ticking fast, UN climate talks told

2012-11-26 19:37

Nearly 200 nations have launched United Nations climate talks facing urgent appeals to scale up the fight against Earth-warming greenhouse-gas emissions.

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