More than 1 billion people globally—15% of the population—live with a disability, and despite efforts like the landmark Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to improve their lives, critical gaps remain, concludes a new study by the UCLA Fielding School of…

This week, the Paris climate pledges take effect—but even if every country that made an emissions-cutting pledge in the Paris Agreement upholds its commitment, it won’t be enough.   That’s the sobering conclusion of a UN Environment Program report, which says the world will…

The UN is trying to scrape together a $400 million package to compensate cholera victims in Haiti. The problem: It’s not yet funded, and the UN can’t escape criticism for avoiding legal responsibility for importing the disease—which killed about 9,500 Haitians—via its…

By 2030, between 35 and 122 million more people could be living in extreme poverty due to decreased crop yields and food-price volatility caused by climate change, according to a UN report released yesterday. The world’s 500 million small-scale farms will be left especially…

The BBC reports that the UN is naming comic book heroine Wonder Woman as it new honorary ambassador. The UN will use her to promote messages about women's empowerment and gender-based violence.

The refugee and migrant crisis, progress towards the sustainable development goals, climate change and global health were all top issues at last week’s UN General Assembly meeting. Yet the continent most affected by these—Africa—had little say, writes Sekou Toure Otondi, a…

UNITED NATIONS—Traditional strategies for delivering health services to refugees and migrants will not meet the needs of today's 65 million displaced people, according to refugee, development and global health experts who met Thursday at a UN General Assembly side event.

Today in New York, UN member states will sign a declaration to fight antibiotic resistance, adopting the same high-level approach used to rally resources around climate change.  

At the UN General Assembly’s refugee summit yesterday, world leaders approved the New York Declaration to provide a more coordinated and humane approach to refugee crises—but advocates say that the watered down, non-legally binding document lacks concrete commitments, the …

For the first time last week, the UN owned up to its role in the 2010 Haiti cholera epidemic, which killed 10,000 people. The acknowledgment followed the publication of an internal audit that revealed chronic poor sanitation management by UN Peacekeepers in Haiti and 6…