UN appointments frequently centre as much on politics as they do on qualifications for the role.
The UN report findings show that concerns far outweigh any improvements in Australia's human rights record.
Another round of UN climate negotiations kicks off in Bonn this month. With a Trump-shaped cloud hanging over the Paris Agreement, what approach can we expect Australia to adopt this time around?
Despite an international commitment to protect civilians from genocidal violence, the world's response to ethnic cleansing in Myanmar has been feeble. An expert explains the challenges.
Winning an independence referendum is the simple bit – It's no easy trick to assert yourself on the world stage.
The US still owes UNESCO millions in arrears.
According to the UN, world hunger is rising for the first time in 15 years. The answer is not only growing more food, but also buffering small-scale farmers against climate change and armed conflicts.
Australia's Human Rights Council election provides an ideal opportunity for it to show leadership and commitment on issues such as refugee flows and the death penalty.
The Indigenous in New Zealand have fared better than First Nations in Canada in terms of self-determination. Why? It's about a lot more than geography, land mass and language.
Anglophones have long complained that their language and culture are marginalised. They say if this doesn't change, they must be granted independence.
A grassroots movement with its genesis in Melbourne has won the Nobel Peace Prize.
There are methods to avoid madness.
Development officials have been cautiously optimistic that we were on our way to eradicating hunger. But a recent report by the UN shows a surge in global hunger due to conflict and climate change.
Raising the status of the African languages to that of official languages in South Africa post-1994 led to an explosion of translation and interpreting work in local and foreign languages.
The UN's latest plan for Libya needs to provide a peace dividend that is felt by the people, not just pay lip service to liberal democracy
What happens when outsiders step in with good intentions? As the crisis in Guatemala shows, it's complicated.
Most Americans don't want the United States to be the world's policeman. Do the experts agree?
President Trump's fiery speech at the United Nations received a mostly subdued response from world leaders and others. Is there a risk we're becoming complacent?
The persecution of the Rohingya goes back to 1948, the year when Myanmar achieved independence from the British.
America's indigenous tribes put themselves on the map in 1977. Now they've got Donald Trump to contend with.