The ICC’s composition is not representative of the international community and it has been made an ad hoc court of the Security Council, thus becoming susceptible to political interference.
Over 17.5 million people have been displaced from Iraq, Yemen and Syria.
In the first resolution of its kind, the US and China agreed on the UN expanding targeted sanctions against North Korea in response to the missile tests.
Traditionally, US and China have negotiated new sanctions before involving the other 13 UN Security Council members.
US officials, who wished to remain anonymous, doubted if the latest missile test demonstrated a new capability or one that could threaten the US directly.
The UN Security Council is due to meet on Tuesday behind closed doors to discuss the latest test at the request of the US, Japan and South Korea.
Libya is the main gateway for migrants trying to reach Europe by sea but thousands die, go missing in the Mediterranean or perish in the desert on the way.
The meeting exposed the old division between US and China; the latter wants talks first and action after while US wants concrete action taken.
Some US lawmakers who attended the briefing on North Korea were not convinced that the Trump administration would do enough to control Pyongyang.
Former colonial power France intervened in 2013 to drive out al Qaeda-linked militants who seized northern Mali the year before.
Western countries blamed Syrian armed forces for the recent gas attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun in a rebel-held area of Idliib.
A UN report last month said the Myanmar army and police had committed mass killings and gangrapes of Rohingya in a campaign that may amount to crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing.
The resolution, vetoed by Russia and China, had aimed to ban the supply of helicopters to the Syrian government and to blacklist Syrian military commanders.
Donald Trump has finally broken his silence on the incident, but Narendra Modi remains mum.
Research by an expert shows how international ideas, practices and language of conflict resolution are transformed when they meet African “realities and politics on the ground.”
Speaking to reporters at the UN headquarters, ambassador Nikki Haley said US expects its allies to back the country; otherwise “we’re taking names,” she said.
Overall, the impact of UNSC resolution 2334 condemning Israel’s occupation is likely to be greater than it would have been if Tel Aviv had not reacted so petulantly.
Turkey and Russia brokered the ceasefire which came into effect on December 30 and has mostly held but not altogether halted fighting in the country.
The truce deal, brokered by Russia and Turkey and welcomed by the UN Security Council, has been repeatedly violated since it began, with warring sides trading the blame.
There is a general consensus that the resolution is only recommendatory since it was passed under Chapter VI of the UN charter, but studying the nature of the resolution proves otherwise.
After President-elect Trump criticised the working of the United Nations, tensions are set to boil over
The speech, less than a month before Obama leaves office, is expected to be the administration’s last word on a decades-old dispute that Kerry had hoped to resolve during his four years as America’s top diplomat.
Benjamin Netanyahu has been unrelenting in his criticism of Obama over what he condemned as its “shameful” decision not to veto a UNSC resolution on Israeli settlements.
In 2011, the Obama administration vetoed a UN resolution describing Israel’s settlements as illegal. In his final month in office, the president has reversed himself. And thereby hangs a tale.
The resolution condemned the “construction and expansion” of Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
Proposed by France, the resolution calls for “unimpeded access” to East Aleppo in order to ensure the safety of evacuees and those that remain in the city.
Videos posted on social media showed bearded men with guns cheering and shouting “God is great” after torching the green buses before they were able to reach the villages.
After evacuations from war-torn Aleppo were obstructed, the UN will vote on Sunday on a resolution to allow its own officials to facilitate the evacuation process.
One of the most elusive problems that the new UN chief will inherit will be the Israel-Palestine conflict – unresolved despite 50 years of negotiations and unimplemented Security Council resolutions.
The central issues to be resolved in the conflict include borders between Israel and a future Palestinian state, the fate of Jewish settlements in the West Bank, the fate of Palestinian refugees and the status of Jerusalem.
Some 850,000 of those people are besieged by government forces, the UN said, while the rest are trapped by ISIS militants and other armed groups.
The inquiry has already found that Syrian government forces were responsible for three chlorine gas attacks and that ISIS militants had used mustard gas.
If Trump administration withdraws troops from South Korea and secures a peace treaty ending war on the peninsula, it could lead to normalising relations with North Korea.
The UN’s announcement to make comic book figure Wonder Woman as its new mascot has drawn criticism from women around the world.
The ‘Responsibility to Protect’ was set up to avoid mass killings, but is limited because the member nations can only intervene when “a country is unable or unwilling to protect its own population”
According to the UN Charter, a state can use force against another state if authorised by the UNSC, if it is a matter of self-defence or if the other state has invited it to do so.
Guterres must know the world we live in today more globally and more intimately than many a former minister or executive.
The North is believed to be ready for another nuclear test at any time and there has been speculation it could mark the October 10 anniversary of the founding of its Workers’ Party with another underground detonation.
The ongoing conflict in Syria is just one of the many challenges that Guterres will face as the world’s top diplomat.
Neither an embargo nor 4000 additional troops will cure the political divisions among South Sudan’s leadership, which lie at the heart of the conflict.