Coronavirus pandemic

WHO sets up panel to review handling of COVID-19 pandemic

The announcement follows strong criticism by the US, which accused the UN health agency of being 'China-centric'.

WHO sets up panel to review handling of COVID-19 pandemic

Syria's War

Russia attempt to halve UN cross-border aid to Syria fails

Germany and Belgium now expected to table new resolution to extend aid authorisation that is due to expire on Friday.

Russia attempt to halve UN cross-border aid to Syria fails

Soleimani assassination

US denounces UN report on Iran general's 'unlawful' killing

Claiming self-defence, President Trump ordered a drone attack on Iran's General Soleimani in Baghdad in January.

US denounces UN report on Iran general's 'unlawful' killing

AJ Impact

Global leaders discuss coronavirus effect on jobs at UN summit

Dozens of heads of state and government address the International Labour Organization summit via recorded messages.

Global leaders discuss coronavirus effect on jobs at UN summit

Syria's War

Russia and China veto UN extension of cross-border aid to Syria

The two nations veto UN resolution to maintain two border crossing points from Turkey to deliver aid to northwest Syria.

Russia and China veto UN extension of cross-border aid to Syria

Soleimani assassination

US killing of Iran's Soleimani 'unlawful': UN expert

President Trump ordered the drone strike near Baghdad international airport in January claiming self-defence.

US killing of Iran's Qassem Soleimani 'unlawful': UN expert

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Armed group's attacks in DRC killed almost 800 in 18 months: UN

UN report says attacks by ADF fighters in eastern DRC could constitute crimes against humanity and war crimes.

Armed group's attacks in DRC killed almost 800 in 18 months: UN

Coronavirus pandemic

'Human failing': UN warns of rise in animal-to-human diseases

Experts urge governments to protect environment and curb climate change to prevent future pandemics.

'Human failing': UN warns of rise in animal-to-human diseases

Afghanistan

UN concerned Afghan violence aimed at derailing peace talks

More than 800 people have been killed or wounded in 'deliberate attacks' targeting civilians in 2020, UN says.

UN concerned Afghan violence aimed at derailing peace talks

AJ Impact

'Highly uncertain' outlook for global labour market, UN warns

Worldwide, 14 percent of working hours were lost in the second quarter, equal to 400 million jobs, the ILO estimates.

'Highly uncertain' outlook for global labour market, UN warns

Iran

Iran's Zarif says ending arms ban 'inseparable' from nuclear deal

As the US tries to rally support to extend UN arms embargo on Iran it faces scepticism from UNSC members.

Iran's Zarif says ending arms ban 'inseparable' from nuclear deal

Syria's War

International donors pledge $7.7bn in humanitarian aid for Syria

Pledges at conference hosted by UN and EU were higher than expected but aid groups warn promised sum is not enough.

International donors pledge $7.7bn in humanitarian aid for Syria

United Nations

COVID-19 increases child marriage and FGM risk for millions: UN

The pandemic has disrupted efforts to end both practices that can jeopardise the futures of millions of girls, UN said.

COVID-19 increases child marriage and FGM risk for millions: UN

Africa

UN renews Mali peacekeeping force MINUSMA without personnel cuts

Move allows for the number of troops to continue to comprise up to 13,289 soldiers and 1,920 police officers.

UN renews Mali peacekeeping force MINUSMA without personnel cuts

Middle East

Israel's annexation plans 'illegal': UN rights chief

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet warned that 'shock waves of annexation will last for decades'.

UN's Michelle Bachelet says Israel's annexation plans 'illegal'