After admitting that its peacekeepers brought the disease to the country, the organisation must make financial amends too.
Greek and Turkish Cypriots may get to vote again on whether to end 40 years of division.
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has courageously pursued an enquiry into the mysterious death of Dag Hammarskjöld.
Fifty five years and many inquiries later, the search continues for the truth about the cause of the plane crash in which the UN secretary general and 15 others were killed
Kevin Rudd had been hoping to succeed Ban Ki-moon as UN secretary-general.
How does one go about nominating to be UN secretary-general? And who needs to be on your side to get the top job?
The strongest resistance to the United Nations resolution to promote LGBTI rights came from Muslim and African states. Many of these countries still criminalise same-sex relationships.
Outgoing UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s successor faces the challenge of making the organisation more accountable.
The ‘functional immunity’ granted to UN officials made good sense when the body was founded after World War II. But as its organisational functions have expanded, so has this immunity.
Jordan’s Zaatari refugee camp: home to nearly 80,000 people in May 2016.
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Calls to stop division between emergency and development aid will be heard at UN's first ever humanitarian summit.
Some UN peacekeepers stand accused of sexual offences against children in the Central African Republic. An overhaul of the UN’s peacekeeping operations is needed to tackle the problem.
A UN report has found that in half of 12 country studies done on child sexual exploitation during armed conflict, the arrival of peacekeeping troops resulted in a rapid rise in child prostitution.
Vanuatu is among the countries calling for much more ambitious climate action.
A new bloc of 'vulnerable' countries has emerged at the Paris climate talks - perhaps heralding the end of the old rich-poor geopolitical divide.
To many Americans, it feels as if the world is becoming a more violent place. Besieged nightly with video of conflicts across the Afghanistan, Nigeria, the Middle East and Ukraine, it would be easy to…
A Yemeni girl holds a baby in a temporary shelter at the port town Bosasso in Somalia’s Puntland after fleeing war in Yemen.
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Although Africa is familiar with large-scale refugee crises, it is uncommon for it to host people seeking protection from outside the continent, as is the case with thousands of Yemeni refugees.
Kevin Rudd is reportedly campaigning to take over as UN secretary-general when Ban Ki-moon’s term expires in 2016.
If history is a guide, the next UN secretary-general will be from Eastern Europe, working in their national government, and with strong foreign service experience.
Could aid be better played?
As the UN gears up to unveil the Sustainable Development Goals for 2030, here are two new rules for development funding to help it go as far as possible.
The Brotherhood of St Laurence’s ‘Given the Chance’ program enables asylum seekers and refugees to demonstrate their skills and loyalty as employees.
Brotherhood of St Laurence
Seeking asylum from persecution is a right and people who do so are not "illegals" under the law. Yet refugees are portrayed in negative and threatening terms in Australia, while positive stories are ignored.
The gulf between the world’s poorest people and the rest of us is, if anything, widening despite global gains in lifting millions out of poverty.
Despite progress in lifting people above poverty lines around the world, the picture is bleaker for people at the very bottom of the ladder. They have largely missed out on the gains of recent decades.
Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki Moon speaks to the media during a press conference at the G20.
US president Barack Obama has pledged US$3 billion to the Green Climate Fund (GCF), as United Nations Secretary-General Ban…
Groundbreaking pledges of funding from the French, 120+ heads of state attending, famous faces calling for greater action and less talk. It’s all happening this week in New York City, where I join the…