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(...)

Union and women’s rights activists picketed the Indonesian in the Philippines, to appeal for Jakarta to spare a Filipino mother of two scheduled to be executed by firing squad. The activists vowed to stay outside the embassy until Indonesia stops the execution of Mary Jane Veloso or a second appeal filed by her lawyers is granted. Photograph: Francis R Malasig/EPA 0:37

International condemnation of Indonesia’s plan to execute convicted drug smugglers by firing squad as early as Tuesday is increasing, with Australia (...)

Amina Mohammed, special adviser to UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon,  in Dublin to address a gathering of Irish ambassadors at Dublin Castle on the new Sustainable Development Goals, which will replace the Millennium Development Goals. Photograph: Lensman Photography

The global economy must learn to measure a country’s success, not on GDP growth, but on the number of jobs available and the empowerment of women, acc(...)

Boys stand by a wall in the old city of Aleppo in Syria. Unicef predicts by the end of 2015, the lives of over 8.6 million children across Syria will have been torn apart by violence and forced displacement. Photograph: Jalal Al-Mamo/Reuters

The humanitarian crisis in Syria and the Middle East and the growing number of African migrants making the treacherous journey across the Mediterranea(...)

Palestinian school girls return to their houses in Beit Hanoun town in the northern Gaza Strip. Palestinian officials estimate that 100 lorry loads a day of the entire range of building supplies are needed to reconstruct Gaza. Photograph: Mohammed Salem/Reuters

Egypt opened the Rafah crossing from Sinai into Gaza on Wednesday to permit some of the 6,000 Palestinians stranded outside the coastal strip to re(...)

A Jewish resident in Ramat Shlomo, where there are plans to build 500 new apartments. Photograph: EPA/Jim Hollander

Just across the Israeli concrete separation wall from Bethlehem, construction cranes loom over the blocky stone buildings of Har Homa, one of two big (...)

Former Concern Worldwide chief executive Tom Arnold will next week take up an interim role as coordinator of the United Nations’ Sun Movement,  which  aims at reducing the number of people across the world affected by malnutrition. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times.

Former Concern Worldwide chief executive Tom Arnold will next week take up an interim role as coordinator of a United Nations initiative aimed at r(...)