Apr 24, 2015

Asia, Africa leaders call for U.N. Security Council reform

Asian and African leaders on Thursday called for “a comprehensive reform” of the U.N. Security Council so it can better represent the realities of the international community in the 21st century. “We call for continued efforts to reform the United Nations, including the revitalization ...

U.N. paints Iraq-Libya-Syria scenario for Yemen conflict

Mar 23, 2015

U.N. paints Iraq-Libya-Syria scenario for Yemen conflict

The United Nations warned on Sunday that Yemen’s conflict could become an “Iraq-Libya-Syria” scenario if either side pushes for control of the country, prompting the U.N. Security Council to threaten further measures if the hostilities do not end. The violence has been spreading across ...

Feb 6, 2015

Limiting the Security Council's veto power

by Gareth Evans

In the lead-up to the commemoration of this year's 70th anniversary of the U.N., the French government is again pursuing the idea of getting the five permanent members of the Security Council to agree to refrain from using their veto power when dealing with ...

Dec 23, 2014

U.N. Security Council takes up North Korea's human rights

The U.N. Security Council placed North Korea’s bleak human rights situation on its agenda Monday, a groundbreaking step toward possibly holding the nuclear-armed but desperately poor country and leader Kim Jong Un accountable for alleged crimes against humanity. This appears to be the first ...

Dec 15, 2014

Palestinians to seek U.N. resolution Wednesday on occupation

The Palestinians are to present a draft resolution to the United Nations Security Council Wednesday that would set a two-year deadline for Israel to end its occupation, an official said. “The Palestinian leadership took a decision to go to the Security Council next Wednesday ...

Top North Korea envoy in Moscow for Putin talks

Nov 18, 2014

Top North Korea envoy in Moscow for Putin talks

A special envoy of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived in Moscow on Monday for talks with President Vladimir Putin as Pyongyang seeks allies to fend off a U.N. resolution calling for a probe into crimes against humanity. Choe Ryong Hae, who holds ...

Oct 17, 2014

Venezuela, New Zealand join U.N. Security Council

Venezuela, New Zealand, Angola and Malaysia have been elected to coveted seats on the United Nations Security Council, while voting continued to determine whether Turkey or Spain would join the council. Neither Turkey nor Spain got enough votes in the first or second ballot ...

Abe vows to work against 'war culture'

Sep 26, 2014

Abe vows to work against 'war culture'

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged Thursday to eliminate “war culture” from the world as he highlighted Tokyo’s aid in crises from the Middle East to Ukraine. Abe — who has frequently faced anger in neighboring countries that accuse him of historical revisionism — used ...