Ban Ki-moon

A soldier hands food to a woman.

Lessons from the UN peacekeeping mission in Rwanda, 25 years after the genocide it failed to stop

The UN peacekeeping mission in Rwanda seemed straightforward at first. But as the mass killings began, the UN ordered its blue helmeted troops to evacuate foreigners — but not intervene to save the Tutsis from slaughter.

Climate activists protest outside this month's UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakech. Activists and officials are strugling to find a way forward for last year's landmark Paris Agreement on climate change after the US presidential election.

With Trump heading to the White House, global climate activists look for hope in US cities and states


After quick action, the Paris climate deal is set to go into effect way earlier than expected

Brazil dam

Climate change talks now have human rights on the agenda


Talk of a negotiated ceasefire in Gaza remains just that — talk

Conflict & Justice
A Syrian girl is rescued from a damaged building after both of her parents died in what activists said was a government air strike.

Iran’s role in Syria peace talks throws discussions into disarray

Global Politics

UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon has withdrawn his last minute invitation for Iran to attend Syrian peace talks in Switzerland on Wednesday. Aryn Baker, Time Magazine’s Middle East bureau chief, says the rebels argued for Iran to be “uninvited” to the talks because Tehran was unwilling to back the creation of a transitional government in Syria.

At this Christmas, Santa will be looking somewhere new for many refugees

Global Scan

NORAD started tracking Santa by accident, when a phone number was misprinted in a Colorado Springs newspaper. Now the Santa tracking has turned into a digital empire that will delight thousands, perhaps millions, of children around the world on Christmas Eve.

The OPCW Inspection Team leaving for Syria on 30 September.

Nobel Prize shoves the small Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons into the spotlight

Conflict & Justice

A very famous girl was passed over for the peace prize. Instead, the Nobel committee chose a very obscure UN group tasked with eliminating chemical weapons across the globe.

UN says, flat out, chemical weapons used in Syria

Global Politics

Chemical weapons were used in Syria, a new U.N. report said Monday, but stopped short of blaming either side for their use. As Russia and the United States haggle over the language of a deal for Syria to turn over its chemical weapons stockpile, it’s just one more piece of the puzzle.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks to the news media after briefing the Security Council on a new U.N. report on the use of chemical weapons in Syria. (Photo: REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton)

UN Says ‘Unequivocally’ Chemical Weapons Were Used in Syria

Conflict & Justice

A new United Nations report says there is solid proof that chemical weapons were used in an attack last month outside of the Syrian capital, Damascus. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon stopped short of assigning blame. But he said, “this is a war crime.”