Sorry I can’t be there: German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses the UN general assembly virtually.
Evan Schneider / UN Photo
When diplomacy is done online, it's hard to pick up on the gestures and micro-expressions that help create trust.
The world stage.
There could be diplomatic costs to the online UN general assembly.
A Moroccan UN peacekeeper in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo helps raise awareness about COVID-19.
Peacekeeping had been in decline before COVID-19, but they are vital tools in the UN's armoury.
A view of the General Assembly hall at the start of the 2019 Climate Action Summit.
Africa has already felt the effects of Donald Trump's climate change denialism. Recent events are also raising political issues of keen interest among the continent's democrats.
Donald Trump and Scott Morrison at the opening of billionaire Anthony Pratt’s paper factory Ohio, which looked like a rally for Trump.
University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor Deep Saini and Michelle Grattan discuss the big stories in politics this week.
A conservative who won an unexpected election victory, the knockabout Morrison ticks the boxes for Trump.
During his week in the United States, the PM tied himself to Trump to a remarkable degree. Though, the Washington days were better than later appearances, which saw Morrison open the China debate.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and his team meeting international investors and business leaders in London.
GCIS/ Elmond Jiyane
South Africa's relations with the US could sour under President Trump.
North Korea’s Kim Jong Un called Trump a ‘dotard.’
KCNA via Reuters
The latest salvo of insults and threats between President Trump and North Korea's Kim brought the region a little bit closer to war. China, North Korea's closest trading partner, may be the only way out.
World leaders listen to President Trump speak at the General Assembly.
AP Photo/Seth Wenig
President Trump's fiery speech at the United Nations received a mostly subdued response from world leaders and others. Is there a risk we're becoming complacent?
UN member states are holding consultations as part of the development of a Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.
In a changing and unsettled world, migration can be a greater-than-ever contributor to development for communities of origin, destination areas, and for the migrants themselves.
Kim Jong-Un, increasingly the world’s pariah.
The precise wording of UN resolutions and the smallest of concessions by Pyongyang are telltale signs that change is underway.
Recommendations that aren’t accepted tend to involve hard political issues related to civil and political liberties.
REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun
States report to the UN Human Rights Council every four-and-a-half years and receive its recommendations, which they can either "accept" or "note".
Peter Mutharika, President of Malawi, addresses the 69th United Nations General Assembly. He never went home for a month afterwards.
One needs to understand Malawian politics to appreciate the bizarre episode in which a state president was unaccounted for a month, leaving a nation rudderless and puzzled.
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”.
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has courageously pursued an enquiry into the mysterious death of Dag Hammarskjöld.
Fifty five years and many inquiries later, the search continues for the truth about the cause of the plane crash in which the UN secretary general and 15 others were killed