UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – World leaders will gather for their annual meeting at the United Nations starting Friday as Europe faces a flood of asylum seekers, many fleeing Syria’s civil war in the worst humanitarian crisis since the world body was created 70 years ago.
Islamic State will also top the agenda. U.S. President Barack Obama will host a counterterrorism meeting with over 100 countries invited that will address Islamic State, foreign terrorist fighters and violent extremism. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will chair a high-level U.N. Security Council meeting on counterterrorism.
UNITED NATIONS/PARIS (Reuters) – Several nuclear security experts are urging the United Nations nuclear watchdog and world powers to release details of how a sensitive Iranian military site will be inspected as part of a landmark nuclear deal reached in July.
The experts, with long experience in international weapons inspections, said the failure to disclose the details was damaging the credibility of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), a view that is rejected by the agency itself, the United States government and another prominent non-proliferation expert.
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Britain has circulated a draft resolution to members of the U.N. Security Council that would authorize naval operations aimed at seizing and disposing of vessels operated by human traffickers in the high seas off Libya, diplomats said on Wednesday.
The council received the draft on Tuesday, the diplomats said on condition of anonymity. They added that it could be put to a vote as early as next week, when the 15-nation council is expected to discuss the migration crisis.
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The 193 member states of the United Nations on Friday called for greater transparency and gender balance in the selection of the next U.N. secretary-general.
The unanimously approved resolution, which says members will receive the resumes of candidates for the top U.N. post and have a chance to question them, comes as many Western nations say it is time a woman took over at the helm of the United Nations.
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The head of the body that oversees a treaty to ban nuclear testing worldwide said on Friday he hopes signatories will soon find a way to end a two-decade stalemate that has prevented the pact from entering into force.
More than 160 countries have ratified the 1996 Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT). But since 1996, India, Pakistan and North Korea have all conducted nuclear tests, and are among eight countries including the United States, China and Iran blocking its entry into force.
PARIS/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – United Nations inspectors will be present with Iranian technicians as they take samples from a key military site, two Western diplomats said, undercutting an objection by U.S. Republicans to the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.
The diplomats were familiar with details of a confidential arrangement between Iran and the U.N. nuclear watchdog for inspections at the Parchin site, where some countries suspect nuclear weapons-related tests may have taken place.
PARIS/UNITED NATIONS, Sept 11 (Reuters) – United Nations
inspectors will be present with Iranian technicians as they take
samples from a key military site, two Western diplomats said,
undercutting an objection by U.S. Republicans to the nuclear
deal between Iran and world powers.
The diplomats were familiar with details of a confidential
arrangement between Iran and the U.N. nuclear watchdog for
inspections at the Parchin site, where some countries suspect
nuclear weapons-related tests may have taken place.
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations General Assembly on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a Palestinian resolution that will allow Palestine to fly its flag at U.N. headquarters, a move that infuriated Israel but which the Palestinians described as a step toward U.N. membership.
There were 119 votes in favor out of 193 U.N. members.
The United States and Israel were among eight countries that voted against the Palestinian-drafted resolution, which says the flags of non-member observer states like Palestine “shall be raised at (U.N.) Headquarters and United Nations Offices following the flags of the member states.”
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations General Assembly on Thursday approved what it described as global “basic principles” for sovereign debt restructuring processes to improve the global financial system, an initiative that was inspired by Argentina’s debt crisis.
There were 136 votes in favor, six against and 41 abstentions in the vote on the resolution, which was submitted to the 193-nation General Assembly by South Africa.
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The leaders of Britain, France and Germany on Thursday defended the Iran nuclear deal agreed in July between Iran and major powers as the debate in U.S. Congress heated up due to fierce opposition to the agreement among Republican lawmakers.
Under the July 14 agreement, sanctions on Iran will be lifted in exchange for at least a decade of curbs on Tehran’s nuclear program, which Western powers and their allies fear has been a cover for Tehran to acquire the capability to produce atomic weapons. Iran denies that allegation.