Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan  has said the recently agreed Sustainable Development Goals, negotiations for which were co-chaired by Ireland’s permanent representative to the UN, were a “tangible manifestation” of the UN’s capacity to deliver “positive outcomes”. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The UN must use its 70th anniversary to appraise the international community’s failures to prevent war, genocide, forced displacement and deprivation,(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin: won approval from Russian parliament to send troops into combat overseas. Photograph: Alexei Nikolsky/Ria Novosti/AP

Russia has launched air strikes in Syria in a risky move that could complicate US-led efforts to halt the advance of Islamic State in the Middle East(...)

US president Barack Obama extends his hand to Cuban president Raul Castro at the start of their meeting at the UN General Assembly in New York, September 29th, 2015. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

US president Barack Obama has met Cuban president Raul Castro at the United Nations in New York, marking the first meeting between the leaders of the (...)

Catherine Samba-Panza, interim president of the Central African Republic, addresses a plenary meeting of the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015 at the United Nations headquarters in Manhattan, New York September 26th, 2015. Photograph: Darren Ornitz/Reuters

Fierce fighting between militia and UN peacekeepers erupted in Central African Republic on Tuesday as President Catherine Samba-Panza rushed back earl(...)

Cuban President Raul Castro addresses the United Nations General Assembly. Photograph: Josh Haner/The New York Times

Cuba and the United States can normalise ties only after Washington ends its trade embargo and returns the Guantanamo US naval base to Cuban control, (...)

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(...)

Estonian security officer Eston Kohver attends a news conference in the premises of the security police (KAPO) in Tartu, Estonia on Saturday.  Photograph: Reuters

Russia and Estonia on Saturday exchanged two prisoners who had been convicted of espionage, carrying out the swap on a bridge at a border post between(...)

A group of chief executives (including Mark Zuckerberg, bottom left)  applaud as Chinese president Xi Jinping arrives to greet them. Mr Zuckerberg announced on Saturday Facebook would help the United Nations bring Internet connections to refugee camps.

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook chief executive, said his company would help the United Nations bring Internet connections to refugee camps. “It’s not all a(...)

President Michael D Higgins, sitting next to Brazilian footballer Kaká, said the elimination of hunger “in our lifetimes” is a “powerful idea”.

Extreme hunger is one of the “greatest failures of contemporary life” and an indictment of global polices, President Michael D Higgins has told a gath(...)

President Michael D Higgins was speaking on Saturday at a session at the UN General Assembly in New York. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A “concerted political commitment” is needed by world leaders to ensure promises made by the United Nations to tackle issues such as poverty, inequali(...)