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Julian Assange sought asylum and has remained in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012. Reuters/Toby Melville

UN decision is not ‘the end of the road’ that Assange claims it is

A UN panel has called on the UK and Swedish governments to ensure Julian Assange’s human rights are respected and to compensate him for his time in 'arbitrary' detention.
The Monday market in front of the Grand Mosque of Djenné, Mali. qiv/Flickr

Why the recovery plan for Mali is unconvincing

The international conference for the economic recovery of Mali resulted in promises of substantial aid, but the areas targeted fail to address the country's real needs.
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. Reuters/Media Coulibaly

Why the UN isn’t winning its battle against sexual abuse by peacekeepers

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.
Maintaining law and order in Burundi is proving increasingly difficult as the number of militias organised along ethnic lines increases. Reuters/Goran Tomasevic

Why the world can’t stand by as Burundi becomes a failed state

The “quick fix” nature of the Arusha Peace Agreement seems to have come back to haunt Burundi. Ethnic protests threaten to tear the country apart, leading it to the path of a failed state.
Presidents Hollande and Obama. Is it still possible for nation states to build a global alliance against organisations such as Daesh? Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

States and gangs: the difficult search for new ways to run the world

To save mankind from the scourge of war… These eight words drawn from the preamble to the Charter of the United Nations have been ringing in my head for the past week. Most believe that they were penned…
Key player in Paris: Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Denis Balibouse/Reuters

Paris climate summit: why more women need seats at the table

Including more women in international climate negotiations will lead to better results. Here are 15 climate champions already making a difference.
I’d like to build the world a home… Reuters/Eduardo Munoz

After seven chequered decades, we still need the United Nations

‎‎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. EPA/Jens Norgaard Larsen

The Conversation heads to the Paris climate talks

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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