Heading in the opposite direction?
Sino-Japanese rivalry might well come to dominate this year's G7 and G20.
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.
Criminal gangs who use slave labour are often involved in deforestation or pollution.
Saving the world’s forests and oceans means putting an end to slavery run by criminal gangs.
Delegates will meet at the World Conference Centre in Bonn.
After the breakthrough at last year's Paris climate talks, the hard work resumes this week as delegates meet in Germany to discuss how to ramp up countries' climate targets.
‘Judges smoke it, even lawyers too.’ – Peter Tosh.
The UK may have signed the UN drugs convention – with its emphasis on prohibition – but that doesn't mean it can't legalise the drug.
The death toll from the Aleppo hospital bombing is climbing.
Protecting humanitarian workers requires an understanding of their individual situation, not broad assumptions.
South African companies aren’t doing enough when it comes to sustainability reporting.
Research shows that South African companies are neglecting the more challenging aspects of sustainability reporting.
Women practise roller derby in Beijing. The aggressive sport is growing in popularity in China.
The United Nations is using an exhibition roller derby match in Beijing as a way of promoting China's groundbreaking domestic violence laws. This fast-paced, full-contact sport is challenging traditional ideas about female athletes.
A medical centre for cholera victims in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
The UN might now apologise for poisoning scores of Roma people in Kosovo – but its role in Haiti's cholera disaster still goes unacknowledged.
More than 160 nations will sign the Paris Agreement on its opening day – a record for a United Nations treaty.
More than 160 countries are expected to sign the Paris Agreement in New York on April 22. But enough countries will also need to ratify the treaty domestically before it can become international law.
There’s still a way to go before the vision from Paris is achieved.
The signing of the Paris agreement is the first step towards making it a reality.
The Paris climate agreement will be open for signing at the UN’s New York headquarters for the next year, starting tomorrow.
Australia will be one of more than 160 nations formally signing the Paris climate agreement in New York this week. But delivering on those promises is what really counts.
There are shortcomings in celebrity led campaigns against “conflict minerals” such as the one in which US actress Robin Wright is involved.
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The relationship between advocacy organisations based in Western capitals and their marketed constituency of marginalised and disadvantaged African groups is tenuous. What then, is the goal?
Would you pay an extra couple of dollars for the climate?
A carbon tax on airline tickets might sound like a tricky sell, but many airlines already collect a similar levy to raise funds for developing world health initiatives.
Remembering ISIS victims at the U.N., November 2015.
The urgent need to respond to ISIS has redefined the use of "self-defense" to include attacking a nonstate threat in another country. But what are the implications of this? change?
The oceans are teeming with life and potential – but the high seas are still largely ungoverned.
The open oceans are the world's "wild west", falling outside any nation's jurisdiction. UN negotiations are aiming to draft new laws for the high seas.
Ivorians show their defiance.
Côte d’Ivoire's response to the Bassam attacks shows that it is not lacking in political and security resources, and that its citizens remain vigilant in the face of terrorist acts.
The next cancer breakthrough could be found in international waters – but who's in charge of the high seas?
Mary Robinson, former Irish president, is a key proponent of “climate justice”
The burden of mitigating and adapting to climate change must be shared between all parts of society.
English dominates as the language of world scholarship.
The ongoing spread of English is unparalleled in world history. English dominates – in scholarship, business and international relations – but not all Englishes are created equal.