Greek and Turkish Cypriots may get to vote again on whether to end 40 years of division.
Trump’s victory threatens to unleash stronger prejudice against minorities.
The United States under the leadership of Donald Trump is expected to pursue isolationist policies which could hurt Africa.
The Palais des Nations in Geneva.
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States who want to keep criminalising LGBT people are trying to stop the UN from creating a way of investigating them.
Less than a year after the Paris negotiations, the process is gathering pace.
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Just 11 months after the Paris climate talks, the resulting treaty has come into force. The rapid ratification looks set to heap even more pressure on Australia to come up with a credible climate policy.
Next year the Ross Sea will be home to the world’s largest marine reserve.
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After years of stalled negotiations, China has ended its opposition to the world's largest marine park off Antarctica - part of a wider trend towards increased Chinese involvement in global governance.
Presidents Jacob Zuma and Uhuru Kenyatta. Their countries are at the forefront of efforts to have Africa leave the ICC.
Ironically the campaign to withdraw from the ICC was mainly initiated by the very same governments and heads of state that had earlier referred cases to the ICC when it suited their own interests.
South Africa’s planned withdrawal from the ICC is considered a detraction from Nelson Mandela’s “inspiring legacy”.
The ICC has made important advances by investigating cases outside Africa and completing ones that further define what is not allowed in war. South Africa’s withdrawal is concerning, but not fatal.
As many as 30,000 delegates gathered to decide the future of cities for the next 20 years – here's how it played out.
Three researchers examine the big challenges of urban development: from city leadership to lock-ins.
Jeffrey Sachs: ‘we need to press governments to follow through on what they’ve promised’.
Jeffrey Sachs wants to press governments to follow through on their promises.
Antonio Guterres at a refugee camp near Erbil in northern Iraq.
As the former UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Guterres could promote a more unified approach to helping the displaced.
Guterres must know the world we live in today more globally and more intimately than many a former minister or executive.
World Bank president Jim Kim was recently appointed for a second term, but there are questions about the transparency of this process.
The World Bank risks looking hypocritical and becoming redundant if it doesn't improve its own management.
Antonio Guterres from Portugal will become the next UN secretary-general.
There were seven highly regarded and qualified women who could have been selected as the next UN secretary-general. So why did the job go to another man?
Police prepare for protests over the police shooting of Keith Scott in Charlotte, North Carolina, Sept. 22, 2016.
Will the candidates acknowledge the Black Lives Matter platform during the debate in St. Louis? Millennial voters will be listening.
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Like the League of Nations before it, the UN is often dismissed as a powerless talking shop or a proxy for the great powers. It's much more than that.
The UN's Charter legally binds it to promote gender equality, but guess what: yes, it's a man again.
Why US$790m is not enough to win the war against antibiotic resistance.
The United Nations Security Council sits for a high level meeting on Syria.
The UN has adopted a more transparent process to select its new Secretary General. But it does not go far enough.
The new secretary general of the United Nations should drive substantive reforms, particularly accountability of the international body.
Africa should focus on the feasible reforms of the UN and de-emphasise its demand for improved representation on the Security Council voting reforms, given the complex politics around these issues.