India forces closure of Amnesty rights office

Amnesty International announced it must cease its human rights work in India because Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government froze its bank accounts.

U.N. virus tracker shows deficit of gender policies

Just 25 nations, or 12 percent of the world, have comprehensive measures in place to protect women against the pandemic, a new U.N. data tracker found.

U.N. panel decries ‘rampant’ corruption

Governments lose trillions of dollars a year to corruption, money laundering and tax avoidance that could aid people in poverty, a U.N. panel reported.

China tells UNGA of carbon-neutral 2060 plan

Chinese President Xi Jinping told the U.N. that his nation — the world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases — plans to achieve carbon neutrality by 2060.

UNGA converts into global stage of virtual diplomacy

The U.N. General Assembly opened its first virtual meeting of world leaders, forced by the pandemic to turn its global stage for diplomacy into a ghost village.

U.S. unilaterally restores U.N. sanctions on Iran

The U.S. followed through on its threat to unilaterally restore sanctions against Iran, defying widespread international criticism.

Top U.N. human rights body to monitor Belarus

The U.N. Human Rights Council voted to examine abuses from Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko’s crackdown over a disputed presidential election.

Coronavirus cases top 30 million worldwide

Global coronavirus cases topped 30 million with 944,000 deaths, with the U.S., India, Brazil and Russia accounting for about half of the pandemic.

U.N. panel cites Venezuela ‘crimes against humanity’

A report to the U.N. Human Rights Council raised allegations of crimes against humanity in Venezuela by President Nicolás Maduro’s administration.

E.U. vision unveiled in von der Leyen’s address

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen’s inaugurual State of the E.U. speech emphasized pandemic recovery and climate change.

New UNGA chief warns nationalism fuels pandemic

The president of the U.N. General Assembly warned against unilateralism in taking on the pandemic, and called for more global cooperation on vaccines.

Treaty shows global diversity goals off-track

Humans are trashing the planet so fast it would take 1.7 “Earths” to regenerate all the biological resources used up from 2011 to 2016, a U.N. treaty reported.

WTO sides with China in Trump’s trade war

The U.S. violated international trade rules by slapping US$234 billion in tariffs on Chinese goods without justification two years ago, a WTO panel ruled.

U.N. rights chief censures virus-fueled hotspots

The U.N. human rights chief denounced violence in Belarus and systemic racism in the U.S. among hotspots of global turmoil compounded by the pandemic.

Anti-corruption sports organization in works

New momentum for creating a global organization to investigate corruption in sports surfaced as FIFA and UNODC signed a cooperation agreement.

Pandemic sets back development by decades

A new report says the pandemic halted decades of advances in fighting poverty and disease and reversed progress on the U.N.’s 17 anti-poverty goals.

UNGA approves pandemic measure on 6-month mark

The U.N. General Assembly approved its third coronavirus-related resolution on Friday, six months after the World Health Organization declared a pandemic.

Leaders seek ‘quantum leap’ for vaccines

More than 30 nations pledged to help 10 international organizations raise $35 billion for fast-tracking coronavirus tests, medicines and vaccines.

WMO reports world near Paris accord limit

WMO reported that global warming has made it 70 percent likely one or more months between 2020 and 2024 will exceed a Paris Agreement limit.

Saudi Arabia sentences 8 in Khashoggi murder

A court in Saudi Arabia sentenced eight people to prison for their roles in the 2018 orchestrated killing of Saudi journalist and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi.

The U.N. Trump bid that might have been

Ahead of his last U.N. visit, U.S. President Donald Trump dusted off a favorite self-aggrandizing tale about the time he “offered to rebuild” the world body.