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#United Nations

# united-nations - Wednesday 11 March, 2020

Riverdance's Jean Butler gives shoutout to Irish security council bid during performance in New York

The government is hoping to secure a two-year rotating term on the UN Security Council in 2021.

# united-nations - Friday 28 February, 2020

UN warns 'major international confrontation' possible after 33 Turkish troops killed in Syria

The soldiers were killed in the province of Idlib by a Syrian air strike last night.

# united-nations - Sunday 15 December, 2019

Rich countries 'missing in action' as compromise at UN climate summit falls well short

Greater ambition for how far countries were willing to go to combat the climate crisis failed to materialise at COP25.

# united-nations - Saturday 14 December, 2019

UN climate talks run into overtime, with best results set to fall short of recommendations

The aim of the negotiations is to finalise the rulebook for the 2015 Paris climate accord.

# united-nations - Saturday 9 November, 2019

'Two terms of Donald Trump will not be twice the damage': Samantha Power on her career - and life after Obama

Irish-American Samantha Power, who served as a UN ambassador, has had a long and storied career.

# united-nations - Tuesday 5 November, 2019

US officially begins withdrawal process from 2015 Paris climate agreement

The agreement set goals of preventing another 0.5C to 1C of warming from current levels.

# united-nations - Friday 1 November, 2019

Greta Thunberg travels halfway around the world 'the wrong way' after summit location is moved

COP25 was meant to take place in Chile but is now due to be held in Spain.

# united-nations - Monday 7 October, 2019

Explainer: How does diplomatic immunity work?

The concept is being discussed after UK police said that an American diplomat’s wife is a suspect in a fatal road crash.

# united-nations - Thursday 26 September, 2019

Higgins at UN: 'No challenge facing international community is more urgent than climate action'

Higgins was addressing the United Nations General Assembly in New York this evening.

# united-nations - Monday 23 September, 2019

Taoiseach and Tusk: 'We have not seen proposals from the UK that achieve the objectives of the backstop'

Leo Varadkar met European Council President Donald Tusk this afternoon in New York.

# united-nations - Sunday 22 September, 2019

'The hottest five-year period on record': The findings of a stark new climate report

It comes ahead of a major UN climate summit tomorrow that will be attended by more than 60 world leaders.

# united-nations - Friday 26 July, 2019

Global 'collective shrug' criticised as violence spike in Syria sees death toll soar

Aid groups have described the spike in violence in Syria’s eight-year civil war as a “nightmare”.

# united-nations - Sunday 14 July, 2019

Photos: Events take place to honour Irish troops who've died in wars or UN missions

President Higgins laid a wreath on behalf of the people of Ireland at a ceremony in Collins Barracks.

# united-nations - Thursday 4 July, 2019

UN Security Council fails to condemn fatal attack on Libya migrant centre

Meanwhile, Tánaiste Simon Coveney has condemned the attack.

# united-nations - Wednesday 19 June, 2019

'Credible evidence' linking Saudi crown prince to Khashoggi killing - UN expert

The report calls on UN bodies to “demand” a follow-up criminal investigation.

# united-nations - Sunday 16 June, 2019

Government denies UN claim that housing in Ireland is 'unaffordable'

A letter from the UN said private housing investment has impacted security of tenure for renters.

# united-nations - Saturday 11 May, 2019

Landmark pact to regulate plastic waste signed by 180 nations - but not the US

The framework “is historic in the sense that it is legally binding, said Rolph Payet of the United Nations Environment Programme.

Animals and plants are disappearing faster than at any other time in human history, and it's happening in Ireland too

A recent UN report has pointed to the huge threats to biodiversity across the globe.

# united-nations - Monday 6 May, 2019

'We're in trouble': Landmark UN report details unprecedented decline in nature

Over one million animal and plant species are now at risk of extinction.

# united-nations - Saturday 27 April, 2019

'Badly misguided': Trump to withdraw US from UN arms treaty

The US Senate never ratified the 2013 Arms Trade Treaty after former president Barack Obama endorsed it.

# united-nations - Wednesday 16 January, 2019

One in three UN workers have been sexually harassed in the past two years

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said there are “some sobering statistics” in the new report.

# united-nations - Wednesday 9 January, 2019

UN says Saudi woman is genuine refugee, asks Australia to resettle her

The 18-year-old is fleeing from her family.

# united-nations - Monday 17 December, 2018

15-year-old activist tells climate negotiators at UN summit they are 'not mature enough'

Over the weekend, nations struck a deal to breathe life into the landmark 2015 Paris climate treaty.

# united-nations - Thursday 13 December, 2018

Breakthrough in Yemen conflict as ceasefire to take place at key port

The announcement was made by the UN today.

# united-nations - Friday 7 December, 2018

Donald Trump expected to announce former Fox News journalist as ambassador to the United Nations

Heather Nauert was a reporter for Fox News before becoming State Department spokeswoman last year.

# united-nations - Thursday 29 November, 2018

2018 is set to be one of the hottest years on record

The last four years are also the hottest years on record.

# united-nations - Sunday 25 November, 2018

'A woman often blames herself ': Dispelling myths around domestic abuse

The UN’s international day for the elimination of violence against women starts today.

# united-nations - Wednesday 21 November, 2018

'Some are too frail to cry': Up to 85,000 children under five have died since start of 2015 Yemen war

The estimate by the group Save the Children was based on data compiled by the United Nations.

# united-nations - Friday 16 November, 2018

Khmer Rouge leaders found guilty of Cambodia genocide in landmark ruling

The “reign of terror” left some two million Cambodians dead from overwork, starvation and mass executions.

# united-nations - Wednesday 31 October, 2018

Nóirín O'Sullivan has another new job - this time it's with the United Nations

She has been appointed as the Assistant Secretary-General for Safety and Security at the United Nations.

# united-nations - Monday 8 October, 2018

'Unprecedented' moves needed as UN report warns of faster than expected climate change effects

In a landmark report released today, the organisation said that time is running out to avert disaster.

# united-nations - Tuesday 25 September, 2018

Trump brings the house down at UN General Assembly after insisting his White House has 'achieved more than any other' That's The Joke This post contains videos

Trump brings the house down at UN General Assembly after insisting his White House has 'achieved more than any other'

Ordinarily the General Assembly is a pretty solemn place. But not today.

# united-nations - Sunday 23 September, 2018

Leo Varadkar to raise Ireland's bid to join UN Security Council in New York

If Ireland’s bid is successful, it would be the fourth time the country has been elected to the council.

# united-nations - Saturday 22 September, 2018

Ireland to give extra €1 million to help Palestinian refugees

Mahmoud Abbas met President Michael D Higgins, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Tánaiste Simon Coveney today.

# united-nations - Wednesday 19 September, 2018

'Give our defence forces a living wage': Why I'm marching on the Dáil today

Dr Tom Clonan outlines his reasons for protesting at Leinster House today.

# united-nations - Wednesday 29 August, 2018

Myanmar rejects UN probe findings of Rohingya 'genocide'

On Monday the UN probe detailed evidence of genocide and crimes against humanity “perpetrated on a massive scale” against the Rohingya.

# united-nations - Monday 27 August, 2018

Facebook bans Myanmar army chief following damning UN report

UN investigators lambasted the platform earlier this year, saying it had morphed into a “beast” in Myanmar.

# united-nations - Sunday 19 August, 2018

'Honestly, we are in a mess': Kofi Annan lashed out at global leaders in one of his final interviews

“Today, leaders are going in the wrong direction.”

# united-nations - Saturday 18 August, 2018

Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has died following a short illness RIP

# united-nations - Saturday 4 August, 2018

North Korea criticises US for acting with 'alarming' impatience on denuclearisation issue

A UN report has said that North Korea has resorted to a “massive increase” of illegal ship-to-ship transfers of oil products at sea to evade sanctions.

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