‘In fairness to Kofi Annan, he expressed a sense of institutional responsibility for what happened in Rwanda.’ Photograph: Mary Altaffer/AP

Given the secretive, supremely political process by which a UN secretary general is chosen – the successful candidate is invariably the person who lea(...)

Kofi Annan, the former UN secretary general, has died. Photograph: Reuters

Former United Nations secretary general and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kofi Annan died on Saturday at the age of 80, his foundation said. Mr Annan, a(...)

UN political affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman (right) in  Beijing  International Airport  before taking   a flight to North Korea. Photograph: Getty Images

The United Nations’ political affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman is visiting Pyongyang in North Korea this week in a bid to ease growing tensions following(...)

Boutros Boutros-Ghali: determined to subdue aggression and pursue peace after the fall of Soviet communism and the relaxation of east-west tensions. Photograph: Reuters

Boutros Boutros-Ghali, who as died aged 93, led the United Nations during a period that began with high hopes as the cold war ended but failed to cope(...)

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Wednesday his plan to go to North Korea this week to visit an industrial complex had been scrapped after Pyongyang retracted its earlier approval, calling the decision “deeply regrettable”.  Photograph: EPA

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Wednesday his plan to go to North Korea this week to visit an industrial complex had been scrapped after Pyon(...)

A computer-generated image of what the International Criminal Court in The Hague will look like

There has to be a certain irony in the fact that work is underway on a grand new €190 million, 55,000sq m permanent headquarters for the International(...)