Donors pledge €6.9 billion to help Syrians

Governments and organizations pledged €6.9 billion in humanitarian aid for people displaced inside Syria and for refugees who fled to neighboring countries.

Pandemic fueled by ‘profound inequalities’

The U.N. human rights chief says the challenge of preventing abuses is rising sharply as racism and social inequalities accelerate the coronavirus pandemic.

U.S. rules foreign NGOs lack speech rights

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that foreign affiliates of U.S.-based organizations lack free speech rights.

U.S. chided for ‘rapid decline’ in freedoms

Crackdowns on protesters and journalists landed the U.S. on a global alliance’s updated watchlist of nations dogged by “serious concerns” for civic freedoms.

Coronavirus infections overtake 10 million

The world reached two tragic milestones on Sunday — 10 million COVID-19 cases and 500,000 deaths — with 1 million infections added in the past six days.

ASEAN hardens stand on China sea claims

ASEAN leaders pushed back at China, asserting a 1982 U.N. treaty should serve as the basis for resolving disputes over claims in the South China Sea.

At 75, U.N. Charter remains a ‘touchstone’

The U.N. Charter, signed 75 years ago at the end of the U.N. Conference on International Organization in San Francisco, remains a global “touchstone.”

Illegal wildlife profits US$7B-$23B a year

The Financial Action Task Force said in it first-ever global report on the illegal wildlife trade that it launders US$7 billion-$23 billion in profits a year.

Kosovo leader faces war crimes indictment

Kosovo’s president, Hashim Thaçi, and nine other former separatists were indicted on war crimes charges, three days before talks in the U.S. with Serbia.

IMF forecasts 4.9% drop in world economy

The IMF estimated a 4.9 percent drop in global GDP for 2020, sharply revising its earlier prediction of a 3 percent drop due to the pandemic.

Nations defend ICC against U.S. sanctions

The world’s first permanent war crimes tribunal won support from 67 nations opposed to U.S. attempts to block a probe of alleged war crimes in Afghanistan.

ITU seeks to counter online pandemic risks

New guidelines from the U.N. telecom agency aim to fend off cybercriminals, traffickers and other online abusers as the pandemic raises the risks to children.

Global coronavirus cases exceed 9 million

Global coronavirus cases surged past 9 million killing 470,000 people — an increase of 1 million infections in just six days — led by the U.S. and Brazil.

U.S.-Russia nuclear weapons talks restart

U.S.-Russia nuclear talks resumed after more than a year, despite unknown factors like China’s non-participation and a U.S. presidential election.

A brave lone voice takes on the ’emperors’

In a podcast, Greta Thunberg invokes a 183-year-old tale that captures the thinking needed to solve the climate crisis and her surreal journey as an activist.

U.S. derides U.N. effort to counter racism

The top American diplomat rebuked the U.N. Human Rights Council a day after it commissioned a report on racism and police brutality.

WHO warns pandemic keeps ‘accelerating’

The world faces “a new and dangerous phase” of the COVID-19 pandemic that requires more vigilance and restraint while easing lockdowns, WHO said.

Nations authorize ‘systemic racism’ report

The U.N. Human Rights Council approved a resolution calling for a report on systemic racism and police brutality against Black people.

UNHCR reports 1% of humanity displaced

An unprecedented 79.5 million people, or 1 percent of the world’s population, were recorded as forcibly displaced as of the end of 2019, UNHCR reported.

Kenya wins race for fifth new UNSC seat

Kenya won election to the U.N. Security Council, joining with India, Ireland, Mexico and Norway in gaining a seat on the world body’s most powerful arm.

U.N. urged to probe U.S. and global racism

The world’s top human rights body heard calls for it to authorize two separate U.N.-mandated Commissions of Inquiry into racism in the U.S. and worldwide.