The United Nations will mark its 75th anniversary Monday, celebrating the mantra that "multilateralism is not an option but a necessity," even as the coronavirus underscores the fragility of international cooperation.
France, Britain and Germany, known as E3, told the UN Security Council on Friday that UN sanctions relief for Iran – agreed under a 2015 nuclear deal – would continue beyond September 20, when the United States asserts that all the measures should be reimposed.
The United Nations enlisted a slew of celebrities including actor Don Cheadle and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai for a film promoting actions to tackle the world’s biggest issues from the COVID-19 pandemic to poverty and inequality.
The UN human rights chief said on Monday that three years after a Rohingya exodus “no concrete measures” on accountability had been taken by authorities and said some cases of recent civilian casualties in Myanmar may represent war crimes.
Iraq’s top cleric Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani on Sunday threw his support behind the prime minister’s announcement that parliamentary elections will be held ahead of schedule next year, saying the timing should not serve the interests of political groups.
The United States was supported only by Israel on Friday in a vote against a UN resolution for a "comprehensive and coordinated response" to the COVID-19 pandemic, a text that included recognition of the WHO's leadership role.
Iran's Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Majid Takht Ravanchi referred to US violation of Iran deal and the UNSCR 2231 resolution, saying Washington’s unilateralism undermines UNSC authority.
UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Syria Geir O. Pedersen praised Iran for supporting the Constitutional Committee of Syria, a UN-facilitated constituent assembly process that seeks to reconcile the Syrian government and opposition.