Despite the adoption of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide of 1948, signatories have never made an effort to end mass killings.
The Versailles Conference set up the ill-fated League of Nations. We must not allow the United Nations to suffer the same fate.
China is influential, but would not have succeeded in changing the UN human rights system without quiet consent from countries who wished to trade with it, including Canada.
The UN Security Council's response to the most recent Ebola outbreak has been weak. But what options does it have?
The United Nations Declaration on sustainable development stresses "leaving no-one behind," but what about the factors that cause many to be behind in the first place?
The refugee and migration compacts are not perfect, but they offer the chance for countries to do better by people on the move, and should be joined.
The number of countries withdrawing seems to be growing by the day.
Human Rights Day might not be a reason for celebrations. But it's a useful reminder of what's been achieved over 70 years.
The awarding of the Nobel Prize for Peace to Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad should strengthen efforts against the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war.
For decades, international law did not allow one country to attack another that was using chemical weapons on its own people without UN approval. That’s changed, which means trouble for Syria.
The first President Bush had some impressive foreign policies wins, but could he be best remembered for getting the US entangled in Iraq?
Without an array of ecosystems and species, it's tough for farmers to grow crops or ranchers to raise animals.
There's increasing global recognition that violence against women and children often occur together in homes.
The UN's special rapporteur on extreme poverty has given a damning indictment of how austerity has hit the UK. A former UN envoy explains why his calls to uphold social rights are so crucial.
Most researchers use the UN's Human Development Index to measure each country's progress, but that system has flaws. A new, simplified index aims to do it better.
The UN's special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights will look at the effects of austerity on the UK's most vulnerable.
Study suggests that the UN's own principles sometimes prevented it from living up to its objectives
We cannot end TB with century-old technologies and poor quality care. It is time to reinvent the way we are managing TB, and overcome our collective failures of the imagination.
The headlines suggest the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled against Indigenous consultation. But its recent ruling is much more nuanced and complex than that.
The Second Vatican Council made many doctrinal changes possible in the Catholic Church. An expert argues why the church needs another such council.