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Does the world even need the UN?

•Angela Merkel, Xi Jinping,  Justin Trudeau absent at 2019 UNGA  Annalisa Merelli  (Quartz Editorial) The world’s biggest diplomatic festival, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), is about to kick off in earnest. But with high-profile absentees that include Angela Merkel, Xi Jinping, and Justin Trudeau, and governments raising doubts about the UN’s

The UN Kofi Annan left behind

Stewart Patrick His triumphs created the organization we know today, and his tragedies are warnings for what's in store. Kofi Annan, who died last weekend, was arguably the most consequential United Nations secretary-general since the second, Dag Hammarskjold, who served in the 1950s and 1960s. Unlike the dashing Swedish diplomat, Annan was

North Korea violates security sanctions, continues work on nuclear programme – UN report

Godsgift onyedinefu   According to a confidential leaked report by the  United Nations, North Korea continues to develop it's Nuclear programme and is violating international sanctions by clandestinely transferring weapons and fuel. By turning off tracking systems on ships, the North Asian nation was able to carry out illicit ship-to-ship petroleum transfers, an activity

The ICC is as strong as the support it gets from states

•The court was never intended to go it alone – all Rome Statute structures must work together. Allan Ngari The creation of the International Criminal Court (ICC) 20 years ago today marked the beginning of the end of an era of impunity for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. The ICC

UN considers sanctions to fight Libya slave trade

France's ambassador to the UN has urged the Security Council to impose sanctions on the people involved in Libya's slave trade of African refugees and migrants. Francois Delattre's comments come as human trafficking in Libya has become a burning topic since a CNN investigation produced footage of West Africans being sold at slave markets in