Don't ignore us: Backed by pope, poorer nations use COP28 summit to press rich world on climate
Leaders of developing nations launched into the second-day of a U.N. climate summit to press rich industrialized countries to share their knowhow to fight global warming and ease the financial burdens they face.
Takeaways from Friday's events at UN climate conference known as COP28
Friday was a day for speechmaking at the United Nations annual climate conference known as COP28, as heads of state each gave short speeches to deliver their views on the planet’s climate crisis, what their nation is doing and what they think others should do.
Climate contradictions key at UN talks. Less future warming projected, yet there's more current pain
Experts say the world is heading for considerably less warming than projected a decade ago, but that good news is overwhelmed by much more pain from current climate change than scientists anticipated.
UN chief gives interview from melting Antarctica on eve of global climate summit
On the eve of international climate talks, U_N_ Secretary-General Antonio Guterres visited globally-important Antarctica, where ice that’s been frozen for millions of years is melting due to human-caused climate change, sending the message that “we absolutely need to act immediately.”.
UN report says world is racing to well past warming limit as carbon emissions rise instead of plunge
A new United Nations report calculates that the globe is speeding to 2.5 to 2.9 degrees Celsius (4.5 to 5.2 degrees Fahrenheit) of global warming since pre-industrial times, set to blow well past the agreed upon international climate threshold.
Hamas leader’s home is hit in airstrike as Israel presses its attacks and U.S. envoy seeks aid route
The United States and Arab partners are disagreeing on the need for an immediate cease-fire in the Gaza Strip as the Israeli military says the besieged enclave’s Hamas rulers are “encountering the full force” of its troops.
Israel vows again to destroy Hamas, rejecting calls for a cease-fire in Gaza at a major UN meeting
Israel is vowing again to destroy Hamas, rejecting calls for a cease-fire at a high-level U_N_ meeting from the U_N_ chief, the Palestinians and many countries and declaring that its war against the extremist group in Gaza is also “the war of the free world.”.
Putin begins visit in China underscoring ties amid Ukraine war and Israeli-Palestinian conflict
Russian President Vladimir Putin has arrived in Beijing on a visit that underscores China’s support for Moscow during its war in Ukraine as well as Russian backing for China’s bid to expand its economic and diplomatic influence abroad through its decade-old “Belt and Road” initiative.
UN airs concerns for civilians as Israel steps up military response in Gaza to deadly Hamas attacks
The United Nations is expressing growing concerns about humanitarian needs in Palestinian areas as Israel ratchets up a muscular military riposte and lockdown of Gaza after the weekend attack by Hamas militants who killed and kidnapped hundreds of civilians in Israel.
Israeli academics and artists call on Biden and UN to shun Netanyahu during his upcoming US visit
Thousands of Israeli academics and artists have urged U.S. President Joe Biden and United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres to shun Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his scheduled visit to the U.S. next week.
The first Africa Climate Summit opens as hard-hit continent of 1.3B demands more say and financing
The first African Climate Summit is opening with heads of state and others asserting a stronger voice on a global issue that affects the continent of 1.3 billion people the most, even though they contribute to it the least.
The UN is undertaking an unprecedented 6-month withdrawal of nearly 13,000 peacekeepers from Mali
The United Nations is in the throes of what Secretary-General António Guterres calls an “unprecedented” six-month exit from Mali on orders of the West African nation’s military junta, which has brought in mercenaries from Russia’s Wagner Group to help fight an Islamic insurgency.
UN chief urges deployment of police special forces and military support to combat gangs in Haiti
The United Nations chief is urging the international community to deploy a multinational force comprising “police special forces and military support units” to Haiti to combat gangs with sophisticated weapons and restore security to the impoverished Caribbean nation.
Agreement to reopen crossing to Syria's northwest will safeguard independent UN operations, UN says
The United Nations says the agreement it reached with Syria to reopen the main border crossing from Turkey to the country’s rebel-held northwest for six months safeguards the independence of U.N. operations and allows it to provide aid to all parties.
UN chief welcomes Kenya's offer to `positively consider' leading police force to combat Haiti gangs
The United Nations chief has welcomed Kenya’s offer to “positively consider” leading a multinational police force to help combat Haiti’s gangs and improve security in the violence-wracked Caribbean nation.
Putin woos African leaders at a summit in Russia with promises of expanding trade and other ties
Russian President Vladimir Putin has hailed Africa's growing role in global affairs and offered to expand political and business ties as he courted leaders from the continent at a summit in St. Petersburg.
July has been so blistering hot, scientists already calculate that it's the warmest month on record
July has been so hot so far that scientists calculate that this month will be the globally hottest on record and likely the warmest human civilization has seen, even though there are several days left to sweat through.
Putin promises no-cost Russian grain shipments to 6 African countries
Russian President Vladimir Putin has told leaders and officials from most African countries that his nation is making full efforts to avert a global food crisis despite concerns that its withdrawal from a deal allowing grain shipments from Ukraine will cause price spikes.
Exec tells first UN council meeting that big tech can't be trusted to guarantee AI safety
An artificial intelligence company executive told the first U_N_ Security Council meeting on AI’s threats to global peace that the handful of big tech companies leading the race to commercialize AI can’t be trusted to guarantee the safety of systems we don’t yet understand and that are prone to “chaotic or unpredictable behavior.”.
UN ends aid to northwest Syria from Turkey after Security Council fails to renew approval
The U.N. Security Council has failed to approve either of two rival resolutions authorizing the delivery of humanitarian aid to Syria’s rebel-held northwest from neighboring Turkey, officially ending the U.N. cross-border operation which had been vital to helping 4.1 million people.
UN warns its development goals for 2030 are in trouble and 575 million people will remain very poor
In a grim report, the U.N. is warning that at the current rate of global progress 575 million people will still be living in extreme poverty and 84 million children won’t be going to school in 2030 – and it will take 286 years to reach equality between men and women.
West clashes with Russia and Iran at UN over Tehran's uranium enrichment and drones for Russia
The United States and its Western allies clashed with Russia and Iran at the U.N. Security Council over Tehran’s advancing uranium enrichment and its reported supply of combat drones to Moscow used to attack Ukraine.
US to Mali: End restrictions on UN peacekeepers, seek peace
The United States is warning Mali’s military government that it would be “irresponsible” for the United Nations to continue deploying its more than 15,000 peacekeepers unless it ends restrictions including on operating reconnaissance drones.
UN seeks court opinion on climate in win for island states
The countries of the United Nations led by the island nation of Vanuatu adopted what they called a historic resolution Wednesday calling for the U.N.‘s highest court to strengthen countries’ obligations to curb warming and protect communities from climate disaster.
UN chief urges 'game-changing' commitments on clean water
The United Nations chief is urging the first world conference on water in more than 45 years to address the “21st century emergency” that is wasting the world’s most important resource and has left billions of people without clean water and basic sanitation.
Women's Day events highlight major gaps in gender equality
From demands for constitutional rights in Islamabad to calls for economic parity in Manila, Paris and Madrid, International Women’s Day demonstrations are highlighting the unfinished work of providing equity for half of the planet’s population.
Ukraine urges all nations to vote to preserve its territory
Ukraine’s foreign minister is urging the world’s nations as the anniversary of Russia’s invasion nears to prove they stand for the United Nations Charter and vote in favor of a U_N_ resolution calling for a peace that ensures his war-ravaged country’s “sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity.”.