A cargo ship passes the Golden Gate Bridge outside San Francisco.
AP Photo/Jeff Chiu
The maritime pollution that drifts to dry land, causes an estimated 400,000 premature deaths and 14 million cases of childhood asthma each year.
Former South African President Jacob Zuma at the 5th anniversary celebrations of the country’s National Development Plan.
It's important yet complicated to align national development plans with the SDGs. But it isn't impossible.
A mural outside a school for Palestinian refugees.
Thousands of staff are employed by the UN's Palestinian refugee agency. Their futures remain uncertain.
Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov at the UN Security Council.
Despite its reputation, Russia has contributed much more to international law than it's sometimes given credit for.
The US is only the 18th happiest country in the world. That's the lowest ranking since reporting began in 2012. What are policymakers doing wrong?
Reports of sexual misconduct by Oxfam aid workers sparked a flurry of other allegations.
To stop sexual exploitation in the aid sector, more self-regulation by NGOs isn't the answer.
Cyril Ramaphosa being sworn in as the President of South Africa by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng.
Presidents Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki sought to use South Africa's diplomatic service to enable the country to punch above its weight.
Zimbabwe’s LGBT community has long struggled to gain recognition, protection and support.
Zimbabwe’s new president, Emmerson Mnagagwga has offered a glimmer of hope to LGBT people in the country.
Countries affected by prolonged periods of cyber warfare need peacekeeping assistance to recover.
What is the future of Rohingya refugees?
AP Photo/Manish Swarup
The way Bangladesh has taken in Rohingyas stands in stark contrast to Europe, which faced an influx of Syrian refugees in similar numbers. I saw how refugee camps were being run in an efficient manner.
Protesting the Trump administration’s decision in Bethlehem.
EPA/Abed Al Hashlamoun
With a single cut in donations to a UN agency, Donald Trump has abandoned another norm of US foreign policy. The consequences could be disastrous.
George Weah has his work cut out for him in Liberia.
He's used to ruling on the soccer field, but how will George Weah tackle the job of Liberian president?
Exploring ways to improve the turnaround times for HIV tests on babies.
Diagnosing babies with HIV as early as possible is critical to ensuring that they get onto treatment.
US President Donald Trump has yet to announce his administration’s Africa policy.
The Trump administration's incompetence makes it difficult for African countries to engage Washington in seeking meaningful explanations, much less substantive negotiations.
Esther Utjiua Muinjangue commemorates the victims of the German colonial genocide in Namibia.
In mid-2015 the German Foreign Office after decades of denial seemingly acceded, in a very informal way, to labelling what had happened in South West Africa as genocide, is now backtracking.
Aung San Suu Kyi takes a trip to Beijing.
Rolex Dela Pena/EPA
China's attitude towards Myanmar reflects a bigger strategy: to bolster its presence in Asia at the expense of the established American-led order.
Give a man the means to borrow, so the argument goes, and he can work himself out of poverty. But do microfinances’ claims stand up?
Small loans from governments and philanthropists are often held up as a route out of poverty. But proper research into whether they work is thin on the ground.
Reporting on the sustainable development goals should not simply be a tick box exercise for business.
It seems there is a gap between what companies publicly assume or state they are doing with the sustainable development goals and what they are actually doing.
Africa needs average economic growth of over 7% for several decades if it’s to reduce poverty and increase income levels.
Africa is still witnessing an increase in social turbulence, unrest and protest. Only rapid, inclusive economic growth combined with good governance can make the continent less volatile.
The charges against a 59-year-old Sydney man relate to UN sanctions and Australian autonomous sanctions.
The charges against a Sydney man for allegedly acting as an 'economic agent' for North Korea are set against the background of recent tougher UN sanctions against the rogue nation.