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E.U. leaders promise support for Ukraine

More than a century after the 1919 Treaty of Versailles, E.U. leaders met for talks in the Palace of Versailles focused on ending another war in Europe.

Unbreaking a US$100 billion a year climate vow

A U.N. Security Council debate drew attention to the peace dividends of preparing for a warmer world and rich nations’ broken climate promise.

U.N. panel to probe abuses in Ukraine

The U.N. Human Rights Council authorized a panel to investigate abuses and violations of international law from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Nations to draft plastic waste treaty

Delegates from 175 nations to the U.N. Environment Assembly voted unanimously to devise a treaty that tries to cleanse the world of plastic pollution.

World demands Russia leave Ukraine

The U.N. General Assembly condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and demanded that Russian forces halt their offensive on Ukrainian cities and ports.

UNEP urges rethink on wildfire policy

The incidence of extreme fires around the world is expected to increase by as much as 50 percent by the end of the century, environmental experts warned.

U.N. chief decries Russian ‘violation’

U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres described Russia’s moves in Ukraine as a flagrant defiance of international law and the norms of peacekeeping.

IPCC wrapping up next major climate report

A panel of the world’s top climate scientists began putting the final touches on their latest comprehensive look at how global warming affects the planet.

Organizations warn of crisis in Horn of Africa

An estimated 13 million people face severe hunger in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia due to the worst drought conditions in decades, WFP said.

China backs Russia in challenge to NATO

The leaders of Russia and China called on NATO to rule out Eastern European expansion and criticized other security blocs around the Asia Pacific region.

Pandemic, climate, economy top Davos Agenda

Despite U.S.-China tensions, leaders touted cooperation on the pandemic, climate action, and economic recovery during the Davos Agenda virtual gathering.

UN condemns denial of Nazi Holocaust

The U.N. General Assembly adopted a resolution to combat Holocaust denial and urged all nations and social media companies to fight anti-Semitism.

Cyber attack exposes Red Cross data

Hackers broke into the ICRC’s computer servers and gained access to confidential information on more than half a million “highly vulnerable people.”

More than $5 billion aid sought for Afghans

Afghanistan needs more than $5 billion in aid to avert looming humanitarian and economic crises, the United Nations said in its largest-ever such appeal.

U.N. authorizes probe of Tigray war abuses

The U.N. Human Rights Council voted to create an international commission of experts that will investigate abuses during the past year of war in Ethiopia.

Backlash seen in Suu Kyi’s ‘sham trial’

The ousted Myanmar leader’s conviction and sentencing will likely only deepen opposition to the ruling junta’s military coup, the U.N. human rights chief said.

Projected 17% rise in 2022 emergency aid

Some 274 million people will need emergency humanitarian aid in 2022 due to war, conflicts, hunger, climate change and the pandemic, the U.N. said.

WHO warns of dangers from omicron variant

Initial evidence shows the risk from the new variant is “very high” and could cause surges with severe consequences, the U.N. health agency said.

Potential surge in Europe virus deaths ahead

Europe is again at the pandemic’s center with COVID-19 now the leading cause of death on the continent, WHO reported, as nations tighten preventive measures.

Global climate deal reached in overtime

Negotiators from 197 countries clinched a “watered down” consensus agreement on a climate deal after two weeks of United Nations-brokered climate talks.

UNEP report shows off-track climate goals

U.N. researchers concluded the world is headed to 2.5 degrees C. of warming by 2100 because nations will not do what is needed to combat climate change.