Gambia’s President-elect Adama Barrow waves after his inauguration at Gambia’s embassy in Dakar, Senegal. But will he be able to go home?
Military intervention is sanctioned and executed by states. It is thus always a function of state interests rather than the objective enforcement of law. The case of The Gambia is no different.
Graves of unidentified people killed during fighting in Juba, South Sudan, in 2016. There are fears the country could descend into genocide.
The world needs to take urgent steps to stop the threat of mass massacres in South Sudan with tough measures that must include direct legal and financial sanctions against the main protagonists.
Leaders in Davos are being asked to consider how global cooperation could be reinvigorated. They could do worse than start with UN reforms.
Ak Orda, the President’s Residence in Astana.
An abundance of natural resources has helped Kazakhstan attract billions in investments. Despite its booming economy, the government is unlikely to move towards democracy any time soon.
Antonio Guterres from Portugal will become the next UN secretary-general.
There were seven highly regarded and qualified women who could have been selected as the next UN secretary-general. So why did the job go to another man?
The UN's Charter legally binds it to promote gender equality, but guess what: yes, it's a man again.
South Sudan’s violent crisis is a refugee crisis too.
Even the UN Security Council's most stubborn members have committed to defending South Sudan's residents against violence.
The United Nations Security Council sits for a high level meeting on Syria.
The UN has adopted a more transparent process to select its new Secretary General. But it does not go far enough.
The new secretary general of the United Nations should drive substantive reforms, particularly accountability of the international body.
Africa should focus on the feasible reforms of the UN and de-emphasise its demand for improved representation on the Security Council voting reforms, given the complex politics around these issues.
Heads of state and their representatives at a meeting of the United Nations Security Council in New York.
The world is steadily transitioning to a multipolar systemic balance of power. The UN Security Council needs to reflect and be a truer representative of the emerging voices of a contemporary “UN”.
These Yazidi sisters managed to escape captivity by Islamic State. Thousands more were not so lucky.
Slavery is making a comeback, thanks to Islamic State and Boko Haram. But the UN can help.
We're unlikely to see the Syrian leader face charges for crimes against humanity any time soon.
Kevin Rudd had been hoping to succeed Ban Ki-moon as UN secretary-general.
How does one go about nominating to be UN secretary-general? And who needs to be on your side to get the top job?
Now that UN peacekeepers have left Liberia, the country has much work to do.
There's no doubt it was time for the United Nations mission in Liberia to end. But there are some gaps in the country's plan to move on without the men and women in blue helmets.
Wait … they voted to leave?!
Forecasts that Britain's withdrawal from the EU will send the world into a state of war are wildly overblown.
Should killing too many fish be dealt with in the same way as war crimes?
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The world has global authorities for trade and security, but not for threats to the environment. It's time the natural world got its own version of the World Trade Organisation or UN Security Council.
If this detonation was a hydrogen bomb test, then it was likely less successful than the North Korean leadership may have hoped.
North Korea remains committed to perfecting a deployable nuclear weapon capability. It is confident in the understanding that there appears little the international community can do to prevent it.
These participants in a seminar on advocacy and peacebuilding are part of a generation of young people working for global peace and security.
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When nearly half the world's people are under 24 years old, they clearly have a critical role to play in working for peace and security around the world.
South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma being welcomed on his arrival in Khartoum by Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir earlier this year.
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South Africa's withdrawal from the ICC could have mere symbolic value. The country will continue to have obligations to binding decisions taken by the UN Security Council – including those pertaining to the court.
Women and girls suffer some of the worst horrors of armed conflict, but are still denied a central role in preventing violence.
Women from around the world first came together 100 years ago to demand peace, and 15 years ago the UN recognised their central role in ending armed conflict. But the long journey is far from over.