Critics see lost chance on fighting diseases

Hundreds of organizations and experts described the third United Nations high-level meeting on noncommunicable diseases as a “squandered” opportunity.

Global appeal to free captive journalists

Participants in a high-profile gathering at the United Nations denounced countries that imprison journalists for doing their jobs.

Wetlands vanishing at triple rate of forests

The world has lost about 35 percent of its swamps, bogs and other wetlands since nearly a half-century ago, sped up by climate change and overpopulation.

Trump lambastes U.N. as ‘unaccountable’

At the U.N. General Assembly, U.S. President Donald Trump belittled the world body as “an unelected, unaccountable global bureaucracy.”

Nuclear power in the age of climate change

The IAEA released two reports this month that together capture nuclear power’s incongruity: its uncertain economic appeal but relative climate advantages.

Syria task force seeks civilian protections

Despite agreeing to create a buffer zone in Syria’s Idlib region, Russia and Turkey will let air raids and ground offensives continue in civilian areas.

Myanmar democratic push at a ‘standstill’

U.N. human rights investigators urged international justice for Myanmar’s military-led crimes, which show its democratic transition is all but halted.

Syria buffer zone is latest use of old tool

The demilitarized buffer zone in Syria’s Idlib region makes use of a centuries-old tool that international treaties and organizations now use.

WTO welcomes revamp by trade ministers

The World Trade Organization is under mounting pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration to justify its global rules and existence.

High seas treaty a step closer to reality

Diplomats, experts and international organizations are rushing to protect the rich biodiversity of open oceans against commercial pressures.

Ethiopia tops list of newly uprooted people

At least 5.2 million people around the world were newly uprooted within their own country by conflicts and violence during the first half of 2018.

U.S. rebukes International Criminal Court

U.S. President Donald Trump’s belligerent national security adviser harshly condemned the International Criminal Court, which is hated by conservatives.

U.N. debates conflict linked to corruption

The U.N. Security Council held its first meeting devoted to the ties between corruption, peace and security, focusing especially on Venezuela.

Hot planet on a path of ‘suicidal emissions’

The U.N. secretary-general prodded nations to act faster and more decisively to combat climate change by altering their “path of suicidal emissions.”

Postal system grapples with tech and costs

For only the second time in its 144-year history, the international postal organization held an “Extraordinary Congress,” this time under U.S. pressure.

Outrage at Myanmar crackdown on press

In her first day on the job, U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet took on Myanmar’s government and defended the right to press freedom.

Election meddling versus voting assistance

Russians and Americans have a history of election meddling but they are not equivalent, international organizations and democracy proponents say.

Preemptive ban on killer robots blocked

The U.S., Russia and other nations blocked negotiations towards a law to govern or ban usage of killer robots if the technology becomes a reality someday.