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U.N. heats up over Russian ‘steal’ in Ukraine

Russia vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution to condemn and invalidate its “full-scale unlawful invasion of Ukraine” and illegal move to annex four regions.

U.N. tech agency elects U.S.-backed leader

In an election with global significance for the internet and telecoms, American Doreen Bogdan-Martin won the ITU’s top job, defeating her Russian rival.

U.N. experts point to evidence of Russian war crimes

A panel of U.N. human rights investigators concluded that war crimes have been committed in Ukraine during Russia’s almost 7-month-old invasion.

Global Fund raises record amount but falls short of US$18B goal

Reeling from COVID-19 pandemic setbacks, the world’s largest disease-fighting fund asked for support to keep going in more than 100 countries.

Denmark first to offer U.N.-led climate compensation

Denmark became the first nation to pledge aid money for U.N.-led “loss and damage” climate funding meant to help vulnerable developing nations.

U.N. meets amid state of ‘permanent’ emergency

U.N. leaders summoned heads of state and government to the General Assembly’s annual high-level meeting with unmasked alarm and consternation.

World faces a ‘turning point’ as U.N. meets

Confronting a world in “great peril,” world leaders gathering at the U.N. General Assembly this week are being asked to set aside nations’ grievances.

Russia urged to leave Ukraine nuclear plant

The International Atomic Energy Agency’s board voted 26-2 to call for Russia’s immediate exit from Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant.

Putin and Xi meet at SCO summit

China calls its partnership with Russia “as stable as mountains” despite some “questions” and “concerns” raised while their leaders spoke at the SCO summit.

Organizations call for fossil fuel ban treaty

Nearly 200 public health organizations want a “fossil fuel nonproliferation treaty” to end global dependence on carbon emissions linked to air pollution.

Modern slavery traps almost 50 million people

New estimates show nearly one of every 150 people trapped in modern slavery, up 23% in five years. That’s 49.6 million working or married involuntarily.

Austria’s Türk to lead U.N. human rights

U.N. career diplomat Volker Türk of Austria won approval from the U.N. General Assembly to replace former U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet.

IAEA: Ukraine nuke plant faces ‘constant threat’

The U.N.’s nuclear watchdog called for a security zone at Ukraine’s nuclear power plant where combatants are “playing with fire” by shelling targets nearby.

A new climate leader for a ‘decisive decade’

Simon Stiell, a former senior official in Grenada’s government and engineer with wide-ranging experience at tech companies, is the new U.N. climate chief.

WHO warns of waterborne diseases in Pakistan

Flood-ravaged Pakistan faces major public health threats from waterborne and infectious diseases, the World Health Organization cautioned.

IAEA team to inspect damaged Ukraine plant

The U.N.’s nuclear watchdog dispatched a team of inspectors on an urgent mission to secure Ukraine’s Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia power station.

Russia blocks outcome of nuclear treaty conference

After four weeks, a crucial session to shore up the world’s nuclear arms control regime ended without agreement when Russia rejected a reference to Ukraine.

First ships sail from Ukraine under grain deal

Several grain ships, including a cargo vessel slightly longer than European Central Bank’s skyscraper, left Ukrainian ports under a U.N.-brokered deal.

U.N. declares healthy environment a human right

A second vote in the United Nations solidifies international recognition that everyone’s access to a clean and healthy environment is a fundamental right.

Monkeypox declared a global health emergency

WHO’s chief declared monkeypox a global health emergency, citing a rapid escalation in cases to more than 16,000 among 75 nations and territories.

Pandemic sets back childhood vaccinations

The COVID-19 pandemic caused the largest decline in childhood vaccinations in three decades, threatening millions of children, says UNICEF and WHO.