An adversarial international commission of inquiry, similar to one instituted to resolve a dispute between Britain and Russia in 1905, could break the deadlock over the downed flight.
Most of Trump's positions go against the principles accepted by the United Nations. The new Secretary-General will have to try to find areas of mutual concern to work with the new US administration.
Sanctions and warnings have failed to stop Pyongyang's belligerence.
The precise wording of UN resolutions and the smallest of concessions by Pyongyang are telltale signs that change is underway.
Military intervention is sanctioned and executed by states. It is thus always a function of state interests rather than the objective enforcement of law. The case of The Gambia is no different.
The world needs to take urgent steps to stop the threat of mass massacres in South Sudan with tough measures that must include direct legal and financial sanctions against the main protagonists.
Leaders in Davos are being asked to consider how global cooperation could be reinvigorated. They could do worse than start with UN reforms.
An abundance of natural resources has helped Kazakhstan attract billions in investments. Despite its booming economy, the government is unlikely to move towards democracy any time soon.
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?
The UN's Charter legally binds it to promote gender equality, but guess what: yes, it's a man again.
Even the UN Security Council's most stubborn members have committed to defending South Sudan's residents against violence.
The UN has adopted a more transparent process to select its new Secretary General. But it does not go far enough.
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.
The world is steadily transitioning to a multipolar systemic balance of power. The UN Security Council needs to reflect and be a truer representative of the emerging voices of a contemporary “UN”.
Slavery is making a comeback, thanks to Islamic State and Boko Haram. But the UN can help.
We're unlikely to see the Syrian leader face charges for crimes against humanity any time soon.
How does one go about nominating to be UN secretary-general? And who needs to be on your side to get the top job?
There's no doubt it was time for the United Nations mission in Liberia to end. But there are some gaps in the country's plan to move on without the men and women in blue helmets.
Forecasts that Britain's withdrawal from the EU will send the world into a state of war are wildly overblown.
The world has global authorities for trade and security, but not for threats to the environment. It's time the natural world got its own version of the World Trade Organisation or UN Security Council.