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United Nations: Intergovernmental organization
The United Nations (UN) is an intergovernmental organization tasked with maintaining international peace and security, developing friendly relations among nations, achieving international co-operation, and being a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations. It was established after World War II, with the aim of preventing future wars, and succeeded the ineffective League of Nations. Its headquarters, which are subject to extraterritoriality, are in Manhattan, New York City, and it has other main offices in Geneva, Nairobi, Vienna and The Hague. The organization is financed by assessed and voluntary contributions from its member states. Its objectives include maintaining international peace and security, protecting human rights, delivering humanitarian aid, promoting sustainable development, and upholding international law. The UN is the largest, most familiar, most internationally represented and most powerful intergovernmental organization in the world. At its founding, the UN had 51 member states; there are now 193.

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U.N. pleads for more help to relieve Venezuelan refugee crisis

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi appealed on Sunday for more humanitarian aid for Venezuelan refugees pouring into neighboring countries where they are overwhelming social..
Reuters - Published

Eastern Libyan forces damaged civilian airport in western Libya: U.N.

Eastern Libyan forces have seriously damaged with air strikes a civilian airport in western Libya lacking any military use, the United Nations said on Sunday.
Reuters - Published

Videos for United Nations

UN meeting on Kashmir ended without consensus [Video]UN meeting on Kashmir ended without consensus

Pakistan accuses New Delhi of human rights abuses after Security Council meeting, India says Kashmir 'internal matter''

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:33Published

Wildlife trade: UN watchdog meets to protect more species [Video]Wildlife trade: UN watchdog meets to protect more species

On the agenda will be shark fin and ivory trade. Giraffes will also feature for the first time.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 03:22Published

Tensions flare as Zimbabwe police beat protesters [Video]Tensions flare as Zimbabwe police beat protesters

Police fired tear gas and beat opposition party supporters who had gathered in downtown Harare on Friday in defiance of a ban on anti-government rallies. The MDC party has called the government..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:35Published

‘Not that special’ Greta won’t try convincing Trump on climate change [Video]‘Not that special’ Greta won’t try convincing Trump on climate change

Climate activist Greta Thunberg has said she will not waste her time speaking to President Donald Trump as she heads across the Atlantic on a racing yacht to attend UN summits on tackling global..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:40Published

Greta Thunberg prepares to set sail [Video]Greta Thunberg prepares to set sail

Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old climate change activist who has inspired student protests around the world, is heading to the United States from the UK this week, in a sailboat. She will be on a..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 01:48Published

Saudi-led coalition targets separatists in Yemen [Video]Saudi-led coalition targets separatists in Yemen

A Saudi-led coalition attacked UAE-backed southern separatists on Sunday, fracturing the alliance that had been focused on battling the Iran-aligned Houthi movement. David Doyle reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:36Published

Another U.N. Staffer Dies: Car Bomb In Benghazi [Video]Another U.N. Staffer Dies: Car Bomb In Benghazi

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - A U.N. staff member died on Saturday of wounds suffered in a car bombing in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, medics said, raising the total number of U.N. personnel..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:33Published

Diet change needed to help fight climate change: UN [Video]Diet change needed to help fight climate change: UN

A U.N. report has found the way the world manages land, produces and eats food has to change to curb global warming or food security, health and biodiversity will be at risk. Emer McCarthy reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:55Published

'I came back alive': Escaping modern slavery [Video]'I came back alive': Escaping modern slavery

August marks 400 years since the first African slave arrived in the Americas, but in reality the slave trade hasn't stopped: the U.N. estimates 40 million are trapped in it across the world. Claudia..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:39Published

Colombia to grant citizenship to children of Venezuelan parents [Video]Colombia to grant citizenship to children of Venezuelan parents

UN calls move 'a very important step' in guaranteeing 'the complete protection' of the children of Venezuelan parents.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:30Published

North Korea calls missile tests a 'warning' [Video]North Korea calls missile tests a 'warning'

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un says his country's latest launch of tactical guided missiles was a warning to the United States and South Korea over their joint military drills this week. Eve Johnson..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:40Published

Throwaway fashion: Efforts being made to change attitudes [Video]Throwaway fashion: Efforts being made to change attitudes

Globally the UN says the industry is responsible for more carbon emissions than aviation and maritime shipping combined.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:26Published

Libya to close migrant centres after criticism from UN [Video]Libya to close migrant centres after criticism from UN

According to the UN's refugee agency, many are living in squalid conditions with inadequate food supplies.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:06Published

Iraq’s Yazidis: UN investigates ISIL war crimes [Video]Iraq’s Yazidis: UN investigates ISIL war crimes

Five years since the Yazidis were targeted by ISIL, mass graves are still being uncovered.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:06Published

UN to probe attacks on humanitarian sites in northwestern Syria [Video]UN to probe attacks on humanitarian sites in northwestern Syria

It follows pleas by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, who said airstrikes by the Syrian government and its ally Russia have hit schools, hospitals and markets, killing scores of civilians in..

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 01:54Published

Syria's war: UN to investigate attacks in Idlib [Video]Syria's war: UN to investigate attacks in Idlib

Inquiry will focus on attacks on UN-supported buildings including hospitals in the Idlib region.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:09Published

Facebook suspends fake accounts tied to Saudi government [Video]Facebook suspends fake accounts tied to Saudi government

People connected to the government of Saudi Arabia have run a network of fake accounts and pages on Facebook to promote state propaganda and attack regional rivals, the social media giant said on..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:39Published

Audio reveals Ronald Reagan calling African delegates 'monkeys' [Video]Audio reveals Ronald Reagan calling African delegates 'monkeys'

In a recently emerged audio recording from 1971, then-California Governor Ronald Reagan can he heard disparaging African delegates to the United Nations as "monkeys" during a phone call with U.S...

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:07Published

Syria's hospitals bombed: UN Security Council calls for inquiry [Video]Syria's hospitals bombed: UN Security Council calls for inquiry

Growing frustration over the inaction of the United Nations as the Syrian government continues to hit Idlib's hospitals.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:41Published

UN envoy to Libya calls for Eid holiday ceasefire [Video]UN envoy to Libya calls for Eid holiday ceasefire

Renegade military commander Haftar rejects ceasefire, vows to press on with 4-month offensive to take Tripoli.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:07Published

Syria: At least 13 civilians including 5 children killed in Idlib [Video]Syria: At least 13 civilians including 5 children killed in Idlib

Latest air strikes follow warning by UN human rights chief that those responsible may face war crimes charges.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:15Published

Bahrain executes 2 in 'terror' case despite rights groups' pleas [Video]Bahrain executes 2 in 'terror' case despite rights groups' pleas

Bahrain's public prosecutor announces executions hours after UN envoy Agnes Callamard appealed to stop them.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:12Published

Glacier fears as Euro heatwave heads for Greenland [Video]Glacier fears as Euro heatwave heads for Greenland

The hot air that smashed European weather records this week looks set to move towards Greenland and could take the world's second largest ice sheet close to or below the record low, the United Nations..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:18Published

UK prime minister: Foreign policy challenges ahead [Video]UK prime minister: Foreign policy challenges ahead

There are real concerns at the UN about the fact that there is now another leader on the world stage known for his unpredictability.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:12Published

 

China says U.N. council members think India, Pakistan should refrain from unilateral action in Kashmir

U.N. Security Council members believe India and Pakistan should refrain from taking unilateral action over the disputed region of Jammu and Kashmir, China's U.N. envoy said on Friday after the council..
Reuters - Published

Chinese U.N. ambassador urges India, Pakistan to avoid unilateral action on Kashmir

The Chinese ambassador to the United Nations, Zhang Jun, said on Friday that members of the Security Council generally feel India and Pakistan should both refrain from unilateral action over Kashmir.
Reuters - Published

Rights groups criticize U.N.decision to hold conference on torture in Egypt

Human rights activists on Thursday criticized a United Nations decision to hold a conference in Cairo on torture with an Egyptian state organization.
Reuters - Published

Halt Afghan civilian casualties, U.N. says after report of 11 killed by government

The United Nations said on Wednesday it was gravely concerned about reports indicating 11 civilians had been killed in an Afghan security force operation in an eastern province near the border with..
Reuters - Published

Clashes at Hong Kong airport; U.N. urges restraint over protests

Protesters clashed with police at Hong Kong's international airport on Tuesday evening after flights were disrupted for a second day, plunging the former British colony deeper into turmoil.
Reuters - Published

Climate campaigner Greta prepares to sail to the U.S. on boat with no toilet

Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg will set sail for New York on Wednesday, crossing the Atlantic in a racing yacht with no shower or toilet to join protests in the United States and take..
Reuters - Published

U.N. urges Hong Kong to investigate excessive force against protesters

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights urged Hong Kong on Tuesday to exercise restraint and investigate evidence of its forces firing tear gas at protesters in ways banned under..
Reuters - Published

U.N. expert chides France over jihadist captives in Iraq

A U.N. investigator rebuked France on Monday for its possible role in the transfer of seven suspected jihadists from Syria to Iraq, but Paris dismissed her concerns as speculation.
Reuters - Published

As many as 40 killed and 260 injured in Yemen's Aden: U.N. statement

As many as 40 people have been killed and 260 injured in Yemen's southern port city of Aden since Aug. 8, when the latest round of fighting broke out, the office of the United Nations' humanitarian..
Reuters - Published

Car bomb explodes in Libya's Benghazi, killing three U.N. staff

A car bomb explosion in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi killed three U.N. staff members and two other mission members on Saturday, the United Nations said.The attack came as the United Nations was..
Reuters - Published

Another U.N. staffer died due to car bomb in Libyan city of Benghazi: medics

A U.N. staff member died on Saturday of wounds suffered in a car bombing in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, medics said, raising the total number of U.N. personnel killed in the attack to three.
Reuters - Published

U.N. condemns Libya car bomb that killed two U.N. staff

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Saturday condemned a car bomb attack that killed two U.N. staff members and injured three, a U.N. spokesman said.
Reuters - Published

Car bomb in Libyan city of Benghazi kills two U.N. staff: medical source

A car bomb in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Saturday killed two U.N. staff, several medical sources said.
Reuters - Published

Fighting rages in Yemen's Aden as U.N. calls for dialogue

Fierce fighting broke out on Saturday in Yemen's southern port of Aden between nominally allied forces that have turned on each other, exposing rifts in a pro-government military coalition and..
Reuters - Published

U.N. Secretary-General expresses concern over clashes in Yemen's Aden: statement

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Saturday expressed concern over the violent clashes in Yemen's Aden and urged the parties to cease hostilities.
Reuters - Published

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