September 8, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
The UN General Assembly on Monday met to discuss "the responsibility to protect" adopted by world leaders in 2005, with UN officials stressing the urgency of this responsibility as crises rage around the world. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed the assembly, saying that the world now faces ...[read more]
April 3, 2014
by Amy Mathieu
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged all nations on Wednesday to sign the UN Arms Trade Treaty. The treaty will take effect when it receives 50 ratifications. Eighteen member states ratified the treaty on Tuesday in response, bringing the total number of ratifications to 31. The treaty was ...[read more]
March 28, 2014
by Matthew Pomy
The UN General Assembly (GA) called upon nations to ensure military drones are used in accordance with international law in a resolution passed on Friday. The resolution was presented by Switzerland and Pakistan and expressed concern over global compliance with international law in the use of ...[read more]
March 28, 2014
by William Helbling
The UN General Assembly approved a resolution on Thursday declaring the Crimean referendum to secede from Ukraine invalid. The resolution calls upon all UN states, international organizations and specialty agencies not to recognize any change in status of the Crimean region despite the referendum ...[read more]
November 22, 2013
by Stephen Adelgren
Five human rights groups urged the UN General Assembly on Thursday to adopt a resolution protecting the right of privacy against unlawful surveillance. In a letter to the assembly, the groups, Amnesty International, Access, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Privacy International and Human ...[read more]
November 17, 2013
by Benjamin Minegar
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday urged Nepalese authorities to conclude the forthcoming Constituent Assembly elections peacefully with a view toward drafting a new constitution. Political and social discord have plagued Nepal since the nation's 2006 civil war abolished the monarchy. ...[read more]
November 14, 2013
by Amy Mathieu
The President of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), Remigiusz Henczel, on Wednesday presented the annual report to the UUN General Assembly (UNGA), claiming that the UNHRC has achieved significant progress in the last year despite inadequate financial resources. Henczel stated that the UNHRC... ...[read more]
November 13, 2013
by Samuel Franklin
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday emphasized Egypt's need to maintain and respect the right to freedom of assembly and peaceful protest as the country's state of emergency, put in place three months ago, is set to expire. In an official statement released Tuesday evening, the secretary- ...[read more]
November 13, 2013
by Matthew Pomy
The UN General Assembly (UNGA) on Tuesday elected 14 countries to a three-year term on the Human Rights Council (UNHRC) beginning January 1. The assembly chose Algeria, China, Cuba, France Maldives, Mexico, Morocco, Namibia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, ...[read more]
November 2, 2013
by Julie Deisher
Germany and Brazil on Friday proposed a draft resolution within the UN General Assembly calling for member states to take measures to put an end to "gross invasions of privacy" such as excessive electronic surveillance and data collection. Although the resolution does not specifically indicate any ...[read more]

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