Protesters gather behind shields in case of a crackdown by security forces in Yangon, Myanmar. Photograph: The New York Times

The Security Council in New York was convened on Friday, amid growing international alarm about the military junta’s forceful tactics towards people p(...)

United Nations building in New York:  Hopes are high  a new administration in Washington will signal a shift in US policy towards Israel and Palestine. Photograph: Jason Szenes

Winter’s icy grip descended on New York this week, burying the streets under a foot of snow. But like many cities across the world struggling with th(...)

Even the permanent five have limited control over the Un security council’s focus areas, which naturally reflect the global news agenda and can be thrown off course by unexpected events. Photograph: Kena Betancu / AFP via Getty Images

Managing expectations for Ireland’s two-year term on the United Nations security council should not be too difficult. Given the council’s design flaws(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron promoted Clément Beaune to minister of state for European affairs in July. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP

In the autumn of 2001, a young French student called Clément Beaune arrived at Dublin airport to begin a year’s study at Trinity College under the EU’(...)

 Geraldine Byrne-Nason: “There we were, the Norwegian ambassador, myself and the Canadian foreign minister, standing outside the building as countries entered to vote”

Geraldine Byrne-Nason stood outside the United Nations building in Manhattan in New York as ambassadors arrived to decide on the 10 countries that wou(...)

Tánaiste Simon Coveney: “Now that we are on the security council, Ireland’s voice internationally will be more relevant and more impactful.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Small nations will expect Ireland to be “a pebble in the shoe” of large countries when it sits on the UN Security Council, Tánaiste Simon Coveney has (...)

 Tánaiste Simon Coveney has contacted 72 foreign ministers in the run-up to the UN Security Council seat vote. Photograph:   Nick Bradshaw

It seems absurd that winning a seat on the United Nations Security Council could be helped by an invite to a Celine Dion or U2 concert but in a global(...)

 To secure a seat on the UN Security Council which has five permanent and 10 temporary members, Ireland needs 129 votes from the 193 members in the secret ballot. File photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty Images

The Republic has said it will represent small states if elected to the United Nations Security Council and one of the key calling cards in the campaig(...)

Tánaiste Simon Coveney. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Ireland is stepping up efforts to secure a seat on the UN Security Council next year ahead of a key vote on June 17th. Tánaiste Simon Coveney has int(...)

Neil Cooney (34) and his partner Kath (32) after their arrival at Dublin Airport from Peru. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Ten hours into a gruelling bus journey from Tarapoto, a city on the edge of the Amazon in northern Peru, the bus carrying Irish citizens to Lima for a(...)

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