Thirty young Afghani women performed in an orchestra at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
Afghanistan’s challenges in 2017 will not be new ones, but those that have lingered from many years of war and violence. They involve armed conflict with the Taliban and related issues of terrorism, attacks…
Some of the global pressure points in 2017. Below is the analysis of each country, grouped by region.
As countries around the world deal with internal and international crises, the potential for faultlines to open is high.
Eight decades after it was first mooted, the world needs a mechanism to prosecute cross-border terrorists in peacetime.
The story that refuses to go away.
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.
Trump and the United Nations: a difficult relationship.
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.
Digital information should be private and secure.
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Recent developments at the United Nations and the G-20 suggest that the well-known human rights to privacy and freedom of expression may soon be formally extended to online communications.
The new agreement will add another safeguard to the treatment of detainees such as those at the Maribyrnong detention centre.
The announcement that Australia will implement a United Nations optional protocol adds an important safeguard for the proper treatment of prisoners and other detainees.
By agencies working together, we can prevent female genital mutilation, which new research confirms is happening in Australia.
Female genital mutilation is largely hidden in Australia and other high-income countries. But the United Nations says it is a global concern – and our research found it does affect girls here.
Is New York big enough for both the UN and Donald Trump?
Cutting off funds for crucial UN bodies could have disastrous consequences for the world order.
German stock market after US election, November 9, 2016.
The fall of the Berlin wall was supposed to usher in ‘the end of history’, an eternal age of capitalist economics and liberal-democratic politics. It hasn’t turned out that way.
South Africa lacks a clear definition of disability – and its limited view of who should be regarded as having a disability in the labour market is at odds with international practice.
Leaders in Davos are being asked to consider how global cooperation could be reinvigorated. They could do worse than start with UN reforms.
Accessible “green space” in cities is one of the things we will start measuring.
For a long time the way we measure what is going on in our economy and society has distorted our actions. We're now building a more holistic way of measuring progress.
He’s got the whole world in his inbox.
The global agenda for 2017 is fiendishly complicated and hugely sensitive. Is António Guterres up to the task?
Neither of these distinguished gentlemen appears to be a Latin American woman.
Latin America, which saw its two female candidates for UN Secretary General snubbed, will greet Antonio Guterres with open arms – and a list of demands.
Peace on parade.
Combat could be on the cards for the first time in over 70 years.
A city under siege: never again?
The images we have seen of Aleppo could play an important role in future discourses about the responsibility to protect.
A child sleeps while waiting to be evacuated from war-torn eastern Aleppo.
The United Nations has failed to protect the Syrian people from the conflict that has torn their lives apart – so now is the time for a "coalition of the obligated" to step in.
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In December 1966, international law created several degrees of separation between different sets of human rights. Today, we must fix this.
People carry photos of soldiers who died during the attack on Pearl Harbor.
AP Photo/Andres Kudacki
The Japanese attack on a US naval base on Dec. 7, 1941 set in motion a series of events that transformed the United States into a global superpower. Will Donald Trump bring that era to an end?