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.
The reconstructed front of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, which was shot down over Ukraine in July 2014.
A Dutch Safety Board report is crucial to the progress of the ongoing criminal investigation into downed flight MH17.
Russia vetoed a proposed Security Council resolution to set up a tribunal to investigate the downing of Flight MH17.
Are there any other options at the international level to have the downing of Flight MH17 properly investigated and – if appropriate – prosecuted by an impartial, independent international court?
The European Union is spearheading a campaign to enable military action against the boats carrying migrants seeking to leave Libya and arrive on EU shores – and on May 11, a draft resolution will be presented…
Does anyone seriously expect Beijing or Moscow to change their behaviour because of a hail of hopeful retweets?
Anti-Boko Haram vigilante groups, such as this one in Gombi, have sprung up across Nigeria.
Nigera is facing an increasingly brazen campaign of violence and terror by Boko Haram.
The Security Council votes unanimously for Resolution 2185, the first ever devoted to UN policing as an integral part of the mandates of peacekeeping operations and political missions.
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As UN Security Council president for November, Australia’s major initiative was to promote the centrality of civilian policing in UN peace operations. Noting Australia’s experiences with police peacekeeping…
Media reporting on the costs of Australia’s Security Council bid has overlooked several significant issues.
In the lead-up to Australia’s election to the United Nations Security Council in 2012, much of the media focused on the costs and value of the campaign. In particular, it was claimed Australia “bought…
Female members of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) helped patrol the outskirts of Makhmur, a northern Iraqi town that was seized back from Islamic State militants in August.
Women and girls living in Syria and Iraq have been subject to gross sexual violence, economic strife and the psychological trauma of a war that, to them, seems endless. But women in these countries are…
The United Nations Security Council’s primary responsibility is maintaining international peace and security – a task aided by the veto power.
Recent events in Gaza and Ukraine and the ongoing gridlock in Syria have dominated newspapers and airwaves – and debate in the United Nations Security Council. Despite UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon…