A Syrian protester waves a national flag at a rally  in June 2011.  Five years of this conflict have been too much, says UN envoy Staffan de Mistura. Photograph: AP Photo

The Saudi-backed Syrian opposition High Negotiations Committee yesterday decided to boycott today’s long-awaited opening of talks in Geneva to end the(...)

French foreign affairs Minister Laurent Fabius, president-designate of COP21,  on a giant screen as he speaks at the final session at the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) at Le Bourget, near Paris, France, December 12th, 2015. Photograph: Stephane Mahe/Reuters

As the Paris COP21 accord with its unprecedented collective global response to climate change was being ratified on Saturday evening, it was inevitabl(...)

UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon delivers a speech   at the World Climate Change Conference: he said  that he was confident an ambitious agreement could be reached. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/AFP/Getty Images

World leaders, including UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon and Pope Francis, have made emotive pleas to the almost 200 countries involved in the globa(...)

Co-ordination: French president Francois Hollande talks to British prime minister David Cameron after a meeting at the Elysée Palace in Paris. Photograph: Eric Gaillard/Reuters

President Francois Hollande is retaliating with diplomatic and military means against Islamic State for the November 13th attacks that killed 130 peop(...)

David Donoghue, Ireland’s ambassador to the UN: ‘At the moment, our stock is very high.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

A series of events has been organised this year to mark the 60th anniversary of Ireland’s membership of the United Nations, yet the agreement of th(...)

 Mary Robinson with Trócaire volunteer Daniel Cullen  at Maynooth University in June for a two-day conference on climate change. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), approved over the past two years by 195 governments, including Ir(...)

Hannah Corby, Gary Fitzpatrick and Helena O’Donnell from Oxfam Ireland call on Enda Kenny to book his flight for UN talks in Ethiopia on financing development next month. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.

A petition signed by 3,520 people from across the State has been sent to Leinster House calling on the Taoiseach to attend the UN’s Financing for Deve(...)

Fawzieh Amiri with her daughters Dema and Kajal. They are all members of the Kurdish community in Carrick on Shannon, Co Leitrim. Photograph:  Brian Farrell

The Kurdish community knew they belonged when the shops in Carrick on Shannon closed their doors and local people lined the streets after the death of(...)

EU migration commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos at a press conference in Brussels on Wednesday to announce plans for other EU member states to take 40,000 migrants from Italy and Greece. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

Other EU member states will accept 40,000 migrants from Italy and Greece over the next two years under proposals announced by the European Commission (...)

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has said migrant search and rescue operations should be further strengthened in order to save lives. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/THE IRISH TIMES.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has said migrant search and rescue operations should be further strengthened in order to save lives. Speaking after m(...)