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Thanks to Vanuatu, a vote at the next UN General Assembly could open the floodgates to international climate litigation.
Kerch bridge: a catastrophe for Vladimir Putin.
Some of the key articles from our coverage of the war in Ukraine over the past week.
United Nations General Assembly: overwhelming condemnation of Russia’s war on Ukraine.
A UN resolution condemning the war passed with an overwhelming majority. But there is little consensus about how to cease hostilities.
A young protester in India makes a statement about dangerous levels of air pollution.
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It’s more than moral posturing. Resolutions like this have a history of laying the foundation for effective treaties and national laws.
Vladimir Putin and Sergey Lavrov are intent on growing Russia’s African influence.
Russia is trying to normalise an international order where might makes right. And democracy and respect for human rights are optional.
Russia’s ambassador to the UN, Vassily Nebenzia, raises his hand to veto a resolution condemning his country’s invasion of Ukraine, February 25 2022.
UN peacekeeping and security efforts have always been plagued by the Security Council veto. But moves are afoot to solve this problem.
The destroyed main building of a school in Zhytomyr, Ukraine.
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No state in the global community should have to earn Russia’s compliance with the law. If the rule of law is not respected, the entire global community becomes as vulnerable as Ukraine is now.
Sergiy Kyslytsya, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations, speaks during a special session of the General Assembly on March 02, 2022.
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The resolution is not legally binding, but is an expression of the views of the UN membership.
High-level diplomacy: representatives of the US and UK on the UN Security Council talk with Ukraine’s ambassador to the United Nations, Sergiy Kyslytsya.
The question centres on whether Russia legally inherited the permanent seat formerly occupied by the Soviet Union.
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Myanmar’s government in exile is courting the international community to try to gain recognition over the military junta. The UN seat could be a key prize in that fight.
Sorry I can’t be there: German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses the UN general assembly virtually.
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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.
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South Africa’s relations with the US could sour under President Trump.
North Korea’s Kim Jong Un called Trump a ‘dotard.’
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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.