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The United Nations (UN) is an intergovernmental organization tasked with maintaining international peace and security, developing friendly relations among nations, achieving international co-operation, and being a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations. It was established after World War II, with the aim of preventing future wars, and succeeded the ineffective League of Nations. Its headquarters, which are subject to extraterritoriality, are in Manhattan, New York City, and it has other main offices in Geneva, Nairobi, Vienna and the Hague. The organization is financed by assessed and voluntary contributions from its member states. Its objectives include maintaining international peace and security, protecting human rights, delivering humanitarian aid, promoting sustainable development, and upholding international law. The UN is the largest, most familiar, most internationally represented and most powerful intergovernmental organization in the world. At its founding, the UN had 51 member states; there are now 193.

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El Salvador wartime parties suspend controversial amnesty bill

Lawmakers in El Salvador agreed on Thursday to suspend a controversial amnesty bill following an outcry from victims' families, the United Nations and rights groups who said it aimed to whitewash..
Reuters - Published

Exodus grows from northwest Syria in intensified fighting

Thousands more people have fled violence in northwest Syria, the United Nations and a medical agency said on Thursday, as an army assault on the last big rebel enclave met a counter-attack.
Reuters - Published

Videos for United Nations

Britain loses UN vote over Chagos islands [Video]Britain loses UN vote over Chagos islands

Indian Ocean archipelago was at the centre of decades-long dispute over the UK's decision to separate it from Mauritius.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:32Published

North Korea Says Impounded Ship Is The Biggest Obstacle To Improving Relations [Video]North Korea Says Impounded Ship Is The Biggest Obstacle To Improving Relations

According to a report by Reuters, on Wednesday, a senior North Korean official said that the US seizure of a North Korean cargo ship is the largest obstacle to improving bilateral relations, warning..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:48Published

Risk of nuclear war now highest since WW2, U.N. arms research chief says [Video]Risk of nuclear war now highest since WW2, U.N. arms research chief says

Senior U.N. security expert Renata Dwan says the risk of nuclear weapons being used is at its highest since World War Two. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:16Published

UN envoy warns of 'long and bloody war' in Libya [Video]UN envoy warns of 'long and bloody war' in Libya

Ghassan Salame urges action to cut off arms flows to Libya, saying conflict there could imperil Mediterranean security.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:26Published

U.N. Calls On U.S. To Ensure Safe Access To Abortions, Citing Recent Legislation [Video]U.N. Calls On U.S. To Ensure Safe Access To Abortions, Citing Recent Legislation

According to a report by Reuters, on Tuesday, the United Nations human rights office called on the United States to ensure that women have access to safe abortion, claiming that recent bans lead to..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:49Published

UN warns food aid to Yemen could be suspended [Video]UN warns food aid to Yemen could be suspended

World Food Programme says it could suspend aid in Houthi-controlled areas due to 'repeated obstacles' placed in its way.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:27Published

Food Stolen From Thousands In War Torn Yemen [Video]Food Stolen From Thousands In War Torn Yemen

According to CNN, food is being stolen from over 16 million hungry people in Yemen. The UN suspects that supplies are being diverted away from famished children toward fighters or supporters of the..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:31Published

Somalia drought: UN warns of humanitarian crisis [Video]Somalia drought: UN warns of humanitarian crisis

Lack of so-called 'long rains' has caused crop failures across the region.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 01:20Published

Sri Lanka anniversary: 10 years since civil war ended [Video]Sri Lanka anniversary: 10 years since civil war ended

The UN estimates that 40,000 civilians were killed in the last few months of the fighting as the government launched its final assault on the Tamil Tigers.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:23Published

Syria bombings: UN says 'worst fears are coming true' in Idlib [Video]Syria bombings: UN says 'worst fears are coming true' in Idlib

Hospitals and schools bombed by Syrian forces aided by Russia, UN says, putting millions at risk in rebel stronghold.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:40Published

After fleeing bombs, Syrian families shelter in olive groves [Video]After fleeing bombs, Syrian families shelter in olive groves

Families who fled Syrian government and Russian strikes in northwestern Syria are sleeping in an olive grove near the Turkish border without enough food and no place else to go. Emily Wither reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:09Published

Angola drought: Millions at risk of starvation [Video]Angola drought: Millions at risk of starvation

The United Nations says more than two million people in Angola's southern province of Cunene urgently need food and water.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 01:35Published

Houthi's begin withdrawing from Yemen ports [Video]Houthi's begin withdrawing from Yemen ports

Yemen's Houthi movement has begun withdrawing forces from the country’s port of Saleef in Hodeidah province, finally invoking the terms of a United Nations-sponsored peace deal five months after the..

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 01:30Published

UN Chief Warns That Political Will To Fight Climate Change Appears To Be Fading [Video]UN Chief Warns That Political Will To Fight Climate Change Appears To Be Fading

According to a report by Huffpost, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that the political will to fight climate change appears to be fading as things continue to get worse for those already..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:39Published

Venezuelan migrants find temporary respite at UN camp [Video]Venezuelan migrants find temporary respite at UN camp

The camp, the only one of its kind in Colombia, opened in March in a bid to provide some shelter for the rising number of Venezuelans fleeing a humanitarian crisis in their homeland. Jonah Green has..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:36Published

Yemen's Houthis begin withdrawal from Yemen ports: Witnesses [Video]Yemen's Houthis begin withdrawal from Yemen ports: Witnesses

Houthis to unilaterally pull out from three ports in 'first practical step on ground' since Hodeidah deal, UN says.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:28Published

The New Thing To Worry About: Sand [Video]The New Thing To Worry About: Sand

By volume, the amount of sand human beings use is second only to water, amounting to just under forty pounds per person, per day. But according to Science Magazine, the United Nations warns in a new..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:45Published

U.S. seizes North Korean ship as tensions mount [Video]U.S. seizes North Korean ship as tensions mount

The United States has for the first time seized a North Korean cargo ship it accused of illicit coal shipments in violation of U.S. and United Nations sanctions. Vanessa Johnston reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:15Published

Libya arms embargo: UN investigates UAE violations [Video]Libya arms embargo: UN investigates UAE violations

A series of drone attacks near the Libyan capital last month is being investigated by a UN panel of experts.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:38Published

Reuters journalists reunited with families after release from jail [Video]Reuters journalists reunited with families after release from jail

Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were reunited with their families after spending more than 500 days behind bars, sparking worldwide celebration and praise. Michelle Hennessy reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:06Published

Libyan Prime Minister brings message of migration increase to Europe [Video]Libyan Prime Minister brings message of migration increase to Europe

Libya's UN-backed prime minister Fayez al-Sarraj will hold talks in Rome today with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, amid a deadly military escalation in Tripoli.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 02:27Published

Reuters journalists freed in Myanmar after 511 days behind bars [Video]Reuters journalists freed in Myanmar after 511 days behind bars

Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo walked free from a prison on the outskirts of Yangon on Tuesday after spending more than 500 days behind bars. Michelle Hennessy reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:54Published

Reuters' editor-in-chief calls freed reporters symbols of press freedom [Video]Reuters' editor-in-chief calls freed reporters symbols of press freedom

Reuters Editor-in-Chief Stephen Adler has called two freed journalists symbols of the "importance of press freedom." Rough cut - no reporter narration.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:16Published

Planet SOS: UN warns of extinction threat [Video]Planet SOS: UN warns of extinction threat

The UN report reveals that up to one million species are threatened to become extinct.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:33Published

 

U.N. agency aiding Palestinians rejects U.S. bid to strip it of mandate

The head of the United Nations agency that has supported Palestinian refugees for seven decades hit back on Thursday at a U.S. proposal to have host countries take over the services it provides across..
Reuters - Published

U.N. creates new Ebola chief role to tackle security, political issues in Congo

The United Nations named an Emergency Ebola Response Coordinator on Thursday, creating a new position to boost efforts to contain a 10-month epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo that has killed..
Reuters - Published

China keen to boost ties with new govt

First meet after Masood was listed as int'l terrorist at UN
DNA - Published

Mexico's refugee agency turns to U.N. amid asylum surge, funding cuts

Buckling under surging asylum applications and the lowest budget in years, Mexico's tiny refugee agency has turned to the United Nations for help opening three new offices across the country starting..
Reuters - Published

U.N. deals diplomatic blow to Britain and U.S. over Indian Ocean islands

The United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly demanded on Wednesday that Britain give up control over the Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean within six months, dealing a diplomatic blow to Britain..
Reuters - Published

Risk of nuclear war now highest since WW2, UN arms research chief says

The risk of nuclear weapons being used is at its highest since World War Two, a senior U.N. security expert said on Tuesday, calling it an "urgent" issue that the world should take more seriously.
Reuters - Published

Countries fueling Libya conflict must be stopped: U.N. envoy

Libya is on the brink of a civil war that could "lead to the permanent division of the country," a top U.N. official warned the Security Council on Tuesday as he urged the world body to stop countries..
Reuters - Published

Syrians detained, killed in southern cradle of revolt: U.N

At least 380 civilians have been arrested in Syria's south and 11 civilians serving on local councils and former fighters have been killed or attacked there since the government retook the area, the..
Reuters - Published

North Korea warns U.S. over seized ship at rare U.N. news conference

North Korea stepped up its campaign on Tuesday for the United States to return a seized cargo ship belonging to Pyongyang, warning Washington that it had violated its sovereignty in a move that could..
Reuters - Published

Tunisian court temporarily releases U.N. official after two-month detention

A Tunisian appeal court on Tuesday temporarily released a United Nations official after two months in detention as part of an investigation by an anti-terrorism unit, an official spokesman said.
Reuters - Published

U.S. must ensure access to safe abortions: U.N. rights office

The United Nations human rights office called on U.S. authorities on Tuesday to ensure that women have access to safe abortions, saying bans lead to risky underground abortions that can endanger a..
Reuters - Published

Yemen's Houthis step up drone attacks on Saudi Arabia

Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthis have stepped up missile and drone attacks on Saudi Arabia this week in a resurgence of tactics that had largely subsided since late last year amid United Nations-led peace..
Reuters - Published

Treat fleeing Venezuelans as refugees, U.N. urges world

Venezuelans fleeing political and economic crisis at home deserve protection as refugees, the United Nations said on Tuesday, urging other states not to deport them.
Reuters - Published

Venezuelans fleeing crisis deserve refugee status: U.N.

Venezuelans fleeing the worsening crisis in their country deserve protection as refugees, the United Nations refugee agency said in updated guidance issued on Tuesday.
Reuters - Published

Forces loyal to Libya's U.N.-backed government receive military hardware

A coalition of forces allied with Libya's U.N.-backed government of national accord (GNA) said it had received a shipment of armored vehicles and arms on Saturday as it tries to stop Khalifa Haftar's..
Reuters - Published

India voices concern over delays in reimbursement to UN peacekeeping contributing countries

India is being delayed reimbursement of USD 38 million spent on peacekeeping missions for the UN due to the worsening financial health of the organisation, against the country's expectations.
DNA - Published

North Korea asks U.N. chief to address ship seizure by 'gangster' U.S.

North Korea has asked United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to deal with the "illegal" seizure of one of its cargo ships by the United States, state media said on Saturday.
Reuters - Published

Western powers clash at U.N. with Russia, Syria, on Syrian hospital attacks

The United Nations said on Friday at least 18 health centers have been attacked in the past three weeks in northwestern Syria, prompting a confrontation between western powers and Russia and Syria at..
Reuters - Published

Exclusive: U.N. says Somali militants using home-made explosives to step up attacks

Somali Islamist insurgents are making their own explosives, according to a confidential U.N. report seen by Reuters, as they mount more frequent and deadly attacks.
Reuters - Published

PM’s additional principal secretary bags UN's top honour for exemplary contribution in disaster mitigation


IndiaTimes - Published

Rocket strike on Syria refugee camp kills 10 civilians: U.N.

At least 10 civilians were killed and 30 wounded in Syria by a rocket strike on the Neirab camp for Palestinian refugees close to the city of Aleppo on Tuesday night, the United Nations said in a..
Reuters - Published

'Safe haven' for fleeing families hit by attacks in Burkina Faso

DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Deadly attacks on Christians in a "safe haven" for thousands fleeing violence in Burkina Faso mark a new phase of crisis, the United Nations said on Thursday, as..
Reuters - Published

India showcases Kerala, Odisha's work on disaster mitigation at UN platform


IndiaTimes - Published

Iran plans no changes to nuclear centrifuges, IAEA ties: spokesman

Iran has no plans to launch centrifuge machines able to enrich uranium at higher capacity or to alter its relations with the U.N. nuclear watchdog, the spokesman for its civilian nuclear agency was..
Reuters - Published

UN report: Indian economy faces climate change perils


IndiaTimes - Published

UAE says committed to Yemen peace deal but will retaliate to Houthi attacks

A Saudi-led military coalition will "retaliate hard" for any attacks by Yemen's Houthi movement on Saudi Arabia but remains committed to a U.N.-sponsored peace deal in the main port city of Hodeidah, a..
Reuters - Published

Naveen Patnaik proposes UN to set up a centre for disaster mitigation in Odisha


IndiaTimes - Published

U.N. calls on Tunisia to immediately release detained official

The United Nations called on Tunisia on Wednesday to immediately release a U.N. official who was detained more than six weeks ago as part of an investigation by a Tunisian anti-terrorism unit.
Reuters - Published

'People are dying': U.N. official urges aid access for Myanmar's Rakhine state

A U.N. official has urged Myanmar to grant aid workers "predictable, sustained access" to Rakhine state, where fighting between government troops and rebels has displaced nearly 33,000 people since..
Reuters - Published

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