Tunisian women marking International Women’s Day. The country scores poorly when it comes to women’s safety.
The world is generally not safe for women. But some projects in North Africa provide a glimpse of hope as the world marks the UN's International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
Key player in Paris: Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
Including more women in international climate negotiations will lead to better results. Here are 15 climate champions already making a difference.
Above it all?
The UN has repeatedly failed to hold its personnel accountable for crimes committed in the field. But there are signs that could be changing at last.
All in the same boat? A Oxfam protest outside the Lima 2014 climate talks.
For as long as the United Nations has been holding climate summits, protesters have been gathering outside them to bemoan the rate of progress and call for tougher action.
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…
I’d like to build the world a home…
The United Nations was born 70 years ago, emerging from the horrors of World War II. After the failure of its predecessor, the League of Nations, the UN heralded the dawn of a new era, with the promise…
The Copenhagen talks generated huge interest - but an underwhelming result.
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The stakes could scarcely be higher at December's climate summit in Paris, described as the world's best chance of averting climate catastrophe. The Conversation will be there to see if the talks can deliver.
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Bombing Syria seems to have become obligatory for any aspiring great power. After all, what’s the point in spending all that money on sophisticated warplanes if you can’t actually use them on someone…
Attorney-General George Brandis said Australia co-operates with the UN on its human rights obligations. Is that right?
Attorney-General George Brandis told the ABC that Australia co-operates with the United Nations in relation to its human rights obligations. Is that right?
Despondent: Mahmoud Abbas addresses the UN.
In a grim week at the UN General Assembly, the key partners in the Middle East peace process made it clear they've lost patience.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has announced that Australia is running for a seat on the UN Human Rights Council for the period of 2018 to 2020. The bid was originally made by the previous government, and…
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.
Now comes the hard part.
After two years of negotiations, the UN Sustainable Development goals will be adopted today. How can society and government actually end poverty and achieve other lofty goals?
Forget the millenium goals, there’s a new plan on the table.
Global leaders are signing up to an ambitious agenda in New York.
Improving maternal mortality and ending preventable deaths in children are some of the health targets in the Sustainable Development Goals.
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Health has secured its place as one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. But without clear mechanisms to report, finance or engage other sectors, could more end up as less?
Australia’s prodigious coal output is one of the factors that count against it in a new appraisal of sustainability among OECD nations.
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A survey of OECD nations puts Australia 18th out of 34 on progress towards the world's new sustainability goals. It scores well on quality of life, but lets itself down on - you guessed it - climate.
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 UN: success of Sustainable Development goals depends very much on process.
The UN's lofty Sustainable Development Goals will fall flat without more attention to how the many interested parties work together.
Yahya Jammeh, president of Gambia, addresses the United Nations in September 2014. The dictator is notorious for human rights violations.
President Jammeh has ruled Gambia with an iron fist since he seized power more than two decades years ago. He is responsible for gross human rights abuses, yet he hosts Africa's human rights watchdog.
Politics in progress.
Another UN human rights report has been released about Israel and the human rights abuses it perpetrates in the Occupied Territories – yet another report that highlights ongoing violations of international…