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    1. July 7, 2016

      Climate change chief Christiana Figueres enters race to head UN

      Christiana Figueres, the UN official who helped steer the Paris climate change accord to success in December, has...

    2. June 22, 2016

      Colombia announces ceasefire with rebels

      Colombia’s government and Marxist rebels agreed on Wednesday to a ceasefire in a breakthrough deal to end one of the...

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    1. The New Africa

      China’s slowdown and the end of a commodities boom present many African countries with...
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    1. June 8, 2016

      The UN secretary-general has the most impossible job in the world

      It is not as momentous as the contest for the US presidency and it doesn’t have a Donald Trump in the mix. But it is as...

    2. beyondbrics

      March 3, 2016

      Give women and girls the chance to rebuild lives livelihoods

      This International Women’s Day some 75m women and children are caught in humanitarian crises, according to the Women’s...

    3. February 5, 2016

      Ban blames Russia for collapse of Syria talks

      Devastating Russian air raids in Syria last week caused the collapse of peace talks in Geneva, said UN...

    4. beyondbrics

      February 5, 2016

      Bulgaria is in danger of blowing its big moment

      The US is not the only country holding primaries for a position of world leadership. In Bulgaria, a fierce battle is...

    5. February 4, 2016

      World leaders pledge billions in aid for Syria

      World leaders gathered in London on Thursday pledged billions of dollars in aid for refugees fleeing Syria’s civil war,...

    6. January 29, 2016

      There is something rotten in the state of Denmark

      The Danish parliament this week approved by a substantial majority new legislation on asylum, including the “jewellery...

    7. January 28, 2016

      Clean energy growth too slow, warns UN

      The world is investing far less in low-carbon energy than it needs to achieve the international objectives for limiting...

    8. The World

      January 14, 2016

      Who will be the next UN Secretary-General?

      Over the next few weeks, the international media will fixate on the New Hampshire primary – a crucial step in the race...

    9. December 12, 2015

      Let’s hail the Paris climate change agreement and get to work

      The Paris agreement and the supporting decisions are a diplomatic triumph. They are an act of true global co-operation...

    10. November 13, 2015

      Q&A: What’s next for Burundi?

      In the past several months, more than 240 people have died and 200,000 have fled amid violence triggered by Burundi...

    11. November 12, 2015

      UN in sanctions threat to Burundi over violence

      The UN Security Council on Thursday unanimously passed a resolution warning Burundi that it faced the imposition of...

    12. beyondbrics

      September 29, 2015

      Eastern Europe must grab its chance to name the next UN Secretary General

      One of the hottest topics for discussion at the United Nations General Assembly this week isn’t even on the official...

    13. September 29, 2015

      US and Russia seek ways to avoid Syria proxy war

      Minutes after they disparaged each other in the UN hall on Monday morning, Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin found...

    14. September 28, 2015

      Beijing rebukes Clinton for tweet chiding Xi

      Beijing has hit back at Hillary Clinton, with a state newspaper likening the US presidential contender to “the...

    15. September 18, 2015

      Army on alert as almost 9,000 migrants surge into Croatia

      Croatia put its military on alert after almost 9,000 migrants surged into the country after being shut out of Hungary,...

    16. September 18, 2015

      Lunch with the FT: Ban Ki-moon

      The head of the United Nations glides silently into a waiting room at the organisation’s New York headquarters wearing...

    17. July 14, 2015

      8m saved by efforts to combat Aids but UN calls for more action

      Almost 8m lives have been saved by global efforts to contain the Aids epidemic but another big push is needed to...

    18. May 27, 2015

      Tony Blair to step down as Middle East envoy next month

      Tony Blair will step down as Middle East envoy next month, bringing to an end a controversial eight-year role that made...

    19. April 28, 2015

      Pope to weigh in on climate change action

      A senior Vatican official has launched an attack on fossil fuels and urged wealthy nations to slash their carbon...

    20. April 28, 2015

      Ban Ki-moon attacks EU plans for strikes on Libyan smugglers’ boats

      Ban Ki-moon, UN secretary-general, is opposed to plans by the EU to mount military strikes against boats used by human...

    21. beyondbrics

      April 27, 2015

      Emerging nations will demand a say over who becomes next UN Secretary General

      With a decision due next year, the process of choosing the next United Nations Secretary General is already under way...

    22. March 13, 2015

      Daniel Topolski: Sportsman, coach and commentator, 1945-2015

      You row upstream, yet the tide — just for now — is with you. You beat your rivals not merely through strength, whether...

    23. February 24, 2015

      Rajendra Pachauri resigns as chairman of UN climate change body

      The world’s leading climate change authority has been jolted by the sudden resignation of its chairman, Rajendra...

    24. beyondbrics

      November 6, 2014

      Inequality and why the world's poor are being left behind by Big Data

      We are living through the era of Big Data with all its promises and consequences. But is the world also splitting into...

    25. October 17, 2014

      US and UK make fresh calls for action on Ebola

      The US and Britain made fresh pleas on Friday for all countries to “come together” and get “all hands on deck” to fight...

    26. October 14, 2014

      Gaza rebuild starts as Israel lifts ban on construction materials

      Israel has allowed trucks carrying construction materials to enter the Gaza Strip for the first time in a year, marking...

    27. October 12, 2014

      International donors pledge $5.4bn to help rebuild Gaza

      International donors have pledged $5.4bn in aid to Gaza at a conference held on Sunday in Cairo to raise funds for the...

    28. October 5, 2014

      Better governance is the only sustainable solution for Africa

      When I first started talking about the potential for investment and business opportunities in Africa some 20 years ago,...

    29. September 19, 2014

      China debates how to impose carbon caps

      China has recognised the need to temper carbon emissions by imposing a cap but is engaged in fierce debate over how to...

    30. August 31, 2014

      Israel shoots down drone in Golan as security worsens

      Israel’s air force shot down a drone that entered its airspace from Syria on Sunday, in another sign of deteriorating...

    31. August 5, 2014

      Ceasefire takes hold in Gaza

      Israel said it had pulled all of its troops out of the Gaza Strip on Tuesday morning and was adhering to a 72-hour...

    32. July 22, 2014

      Gaza ceasefire talks make little progress

      International efforts to secure an end to the hostilities in Gaza appeared stalled on Tuesday after John Kerry, the US...

    33. July 20, 2014

      Gaza ceasefire efforts hampered by Arab divisions over Hamas

      Qatar launched a round of diplomacy on Sunday in an attempt to lay the groundwork for a ceasefire in Gaza as the death...

    34. The A-List

      July 8, 2014

      How to decarbonise the global economy

      Today’s report on deep decarbonisation delivered to Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary-General, offers a new perspective on...

    35. July 7, 2014

      A path to decarbonising the global economy

      Today’s report on deep decarbonisation delivered to Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary-General, offers a new perspective on...

    36. May 14, 2014

      UN Syria envoy Brahimi to step down

      Lakhdar Brahimi, the UN special envoy to Syria, is stepping down from his role having failed to find a peaceful...

    37. April 15, 2014

      Ukraine raises rates as west discusses more sanctions

      Ukraine’s central bank unexpectedly raised its benchmark interest rate for the first time in eight months in an attempt...

    38. February 12, 2014

      UN warns partition of Central African Republic ‘a distinct risk’

      The Central African Republic is in effect splitting into Christian and Muslim fiefdoms as tit-for-tat reprisals between...

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