UN task force: Global finance overhaul key to end poverty

A U.N. task force including more than 60 international organizations is calling for an overhaul of national and international financial systems, warning that current arrangements can't tackle climate change, poverty, inequality and other urgent development issues.

France and Germany launch alliance to back multilateralism

France and Germany have announced the launch of an Alliance for Multilateralism to promote global cooperation at a time of rising nationalism in Europe, the United States and elsewhere.

Red Cross says health and aid workers face unabated attacks

Health and humanitarian workers in war zones are facing unabated and increasing attacks "and the impact on civilians is nothing but catastrophic," the president of the International Committee of the Red Cross said Monday.

Russian envoy: Bad relations with US unlikely to improve

Russia's U.N. ambassador says relations between Moscow and Washington are "practically non-existent," which he says is bad not only for both countries but for the world — and he sees little prospect for improvement anytime soon.

UN council to vote on monitors for truce at key Yemen port

The U.N. Security Council called a vote for Friday on a resolution that would authorize the use of U.N. monitors to observe the implementation of a cease-fire in Yemen's important port of Hodeida and the withdrawal of rival forces from that area.

UN to vote on monitors to observe cease-fire in Yemen port

The U.N. Security Council scheduled a vote Friday on a resolution that would authorize U.N. monitors to observe the implementation of a cease-fire in Yemen's strategic port city of Hodeida and the withdrawal of rival forces — potential breakthroughs in the four-year civil war.

UN envoy: More work needed on Syria constitutional committee

The U.N. special envoy for Syria said in his farewell U.N. briefing Thursday that an "an extra mile" is needed to form a committee to draft a new constitution for the conflict-torn country because a list of participants submitted by Russia, Iran and Turkey is unacceptable to the United Nations.

UN reports ‘alarming’ trends in drug trafficking in Africa

The U.N. drugs and crime chief said Wednesday that his office is registering "new, alarming trends" in drug trafficking in western and central Africa that are destabilizing the ability of country's to govern as well as security, economic growth and public health.

UN General Assembly endorses global migration accord

The U.N. General Assembly endorsed a sweeping accord to ensure safe and orderly migration Wednesday over opposition from five countries, including the United States and Hungary.

UN: South Sudan still fragile but there’s a chance for peace

The U.N. peacekeeping chief said Tuesday there is a chance for peace in South Sudan, with more progress since the warring sides signed a new peace deal in September than at any time since the conflict erupted five years ago.

UN condemns North Korea rights violations and nuke spending

The U.N. General Assembly on Monday condemned North Korea's "systematic, widespread and gross violations of human rights" and its diversion of resources into pursing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles over the welfare of its people.

Serbia and Kosovo leaders to address UN about Kosovan army

The presidents of Serbia and Kosovo are scheduled to address the U.N. Security Council on Monday afternoon following Kosovo's decision to transform its existing 4,000-strong security force into a regular army and Serbia's threat of armed intervention.

UN envoy: UN monitors needed to observe Yemen cease-fire

The U.N. envoy for Yemen called Friday for the urgent deployment of U.N. monitors to observe the implementation of a cease-fire in the strategic port city of Hodeida and the withdrawal of rival forces — a potential breakthrough in Yemen's four-year civil war.

UN approves aid deliveries across borders to Syrians

The U.N. Security Council voted Thursday to authorize delivery of humanitarian aid across borders and conflict lines in Syria for another year, expressing "outrage" at the continuing violence in the country and "grave distress" at the devastating humanitarian situation.