While the United Nations sometimes gets a bad rap for the things it actually does, or even attempts to do, far more confusing are the stories that have been spun issuing dire warnings of the things that the UN might do.
A panel of experts from the UN Hunan Rights Council dispatched to investigate human rights abuses in Syria issued a very disturbing report yesterday. Mass atrocities, sexual violence, crimes against children and extra-judicial killings are described in chilling detail. Among the most high profile points of inquiry was the May 25 massacre of civilians in the Syrian town of Houla.
Since 2004, Somalia has been ruled by the Transitional Federal Government (TFG), an attempt to slowly get Somalia back on its feet. The TFG experiment is now coming to an end, as a new permanent Constitution has been approved.
Nine hours remain before the deadline closes at the Arms Trade Treaty talks with a wide array of issues still to be determined.
With a little less than 48 hours to go, the Arms Trade Treaty talks are down to the wire.
As China's diplomatic strength grows, so will its muscle flexing in the Security Council.
One week into the much anticipated Arms Trade Treaty talks and no side is particularly pleased with how things are going thus far.
The first day of negotiations for an Arms Trade Treaty hit a snag when members suggested Palestine participate as a full member state, something the USA and others will not countenance.
China’s support for Security Council action on Syria is as crucial as Russia's. So what is the hangup?