Julian Assange sought asylum and has remained in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012.
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.
Assange holds forth at the Ecuadorean embassy.
Can the contentious UN verdict pull Julian Assange out of the world's strangest diplomatic quagmire?
The Monday market in front of the Grand Mosque of Djenné, Mali.
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.
Israel’s land seizure of 154 hectares in the Jordan Valley will displace Palestinian communities.
Settlements are illegal on occupied territory. They undermine the widely acknowledged right of Palestine to statehood. Yet Israel violates international law with near impunity.
Burundi’s president (centre) on a visit in 2014. He would do well to meet now for peace talks.
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Fears over violence in the African nation bring its leader to a crossroads.
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.
Humanitarian aid arrives.
IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation
The sheer volume of major humanitarian disasters is stopping us from making genuine changes to the way we respond.
Saleemul Huq (left) says the world’s vision should be to help everyone with climate change - even the very poorest.
A majority of countries want visionary action rather than pragmatism at the Paris climate talks, says the International Institute for Environment and Development's Saleemul Huq.
Maintaining law and order in Burundi is proving increasingly difficult as the number of militias organised along ethnic lines increases.
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.
There is still lots of detail to be hammered out before the sun sets on the Paris conference.
The draft text released midway through the Paris climate talks shows progress - but perhaps not enough for a truly ambitious deal.
Fears are growing that the Paris climate negotiators are making a hash of it.
At the halfway mark in the Paris climate talks, progress is still frustratingly slow as the negotiations risk falling prey to old stalling tactics.
Presidents Hollande and Obama. Is it still possible for nation states to build a global alliance against organisations such as Daesh?
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…
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.
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.