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# United Nations

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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.
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.
'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
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”.
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.
UN Security Council fails to condemn fatal attack on Libya migrant centre
Meanwhile, Tánaiste Simon Coveney has condemned the attack.
'Credible evidence' linking Saudi crown prince to Khashoggi killing - UN expert
The report calls on UN bodies to “demand” a follow-up criminal investigation.
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.
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.
'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.
'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.
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.
UN says Saudi woman is genuine refugee, asks Australia to resettle her
The 18-year-old is fleeing from her family.
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.
Breakthrough in Yemen conflict as ceasefire to take place at key port
The announcement was made by the UN today.
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.
2018 is set to be one of the hottest years on record
The last four years are also the hottest years on record.
'A woman often blames herself ': Dispelling myths around domestic abuse
The UN’s international day for the elimination of violence against women starts today.
'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.
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.
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.
'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.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
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.
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.
'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.”
Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has died following a short illness
He was 80 years old.
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.
Bono warns UN is 'under attack' as he issues rallying call for Irish security council seat
Leo Varadkar and Mary Robinson also made speeches calling for Ireland to win a seat on the UN Security Council.
Bono gives shoutout to Irish security council bid during Madison Square Garden concert
A formal launch event for Ireland’s bid to the UN Security Council will take place today.