Mass protests in Belarus against authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko (AN/Franak Viačorka)
September 18, 2020
(AN) — The U.N. Human Rights Council voted overwhelmingly on Friday to examine reports of widespread abuses stemming from Belarusian authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko’s crackdown over a disputed presidential election.
Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, delivers her 2020 State of the Union address to the European Parliament (AN/Etienne Ansotte)
September 16, 2020
(AN) — European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen delivered an inaugurual State of the European Union speech on Wednesday that emphasized her vision for health and economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and for battling climate change.
A medical technician pauses between patients at a U.S. COVID-19 testing site in New Jersey (AN/Matt Hecht)
September 11, 2020
(AN) — The United Nations General Assembly voted 169-2 to approve its third coronavirus-related resolution despite opposition from the United States and Israel on Friday, exactly six months since the World Health Organization declared the world faces a pandemic.
COVID-19 testing by a senior lab technician for a joint FAO/IAEA facility at Seibersdorf, Austria in May (AN/Dean Calma)
September 10, 2020
(AN) — More than 30 nations on Thursday pledged to help a global collaboration among 10 international organizations raise USD$35 billion for speeding development and production of coronavirus tests, medicines and vaccines worldwide.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko meets with then-OSCE PA President Christine Muttonen at Minsk in 2017 (AN/House of Representatives of Belarus)
September 4, 2020
(AN) — The opposition leader of Belarus appealed to the United Nations for help on Friday in challenging authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko’s crackdown over a disputed presidential election.
The U.N.’s Syria envoy, Geir Pedersen, speaks to reporters in Geneva this month (AN/U.N. Geneva)
August 29, 2020
(AN) — The U.N. special envoy to Syria, Geir Pedersen, said three days of peace talks ended on Saturday with “a little bit” more confidence and trust built up among government, opposition and civil society representatives.
IAEA chief Rafael Grossi heads to a meeting in Vienna this month with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (AN/Dean Calma)
August 26, 2020
(AN) — Amid rising tensions on the U.N. Security Council over the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, the International Atomic Energy Agency and Tehran announced on Wednesday that Iran will allow inspectors to examine two nuclear sites.
As U.N. Security Council president, Indonesia's U.N. Ambassador Dian Triansyah Djani meets with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Kelly Craft (AN/Ron Przysucha)
August 25, 2020
(AN) — The United Nations Security Council on Tuesday rejected the United States’ attempt to use the 2015 Iran nuclear deal to restore international sanctions against Tehran, further exposing how isolated U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has become from the international community.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, meets with U.K. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab in London (AN/Ronny Przysucha)
July 23, 2020
(AN) — World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Thursday denounced the top U.S. diplomat’s allegations that he is subservient to the Chinese government’s demands and has helped to cover up Beijing’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.