UN Chief Names Kaag as New Lebanon Coordinator

The official who led the international effort to rid Syria of its chemical weapons has been named the new United Nations special coordinator for Lebanon. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced Sigrid Kaag’s appointment in a statement Monday. Kaag, of the Netherlands, served as special coordinator of the joint mission of the United Nations and the […]

Arab FMs set to call for U.N. Security Council vote on Palestinian state

Arab foreign ministers met on Saturday to agree a draft resolution setting a deadline for the creation of a Palestinian state and to agree on a date to present it to the United Nations Security Council for a vote. In October, the Palestinians informally shared a draft resolution with Arab states and some council members, […]

Iraq’s anti-ISIS strategy ‘bearing fruit’, says UN envoy

The new Iraqi government’s strategy of enlisting Kurds and local tribes in the fight against Islamists is yielding results, the U.N. envoy for Iraq told the Security Council on Tuesday. Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi has made it a priority to pay salaries, arm and train fighters from local tribes and communities and provide legal […]

U.N. Urges Arab World to Denounce Islamic State

The United Nations’ top human rights official called on the Muslim world to denounce the “monstrous” crimes of the extremist group that seeks to establish an Islamic state in Iraq and Syria, calling its actions both a violation of international law and Islamic tenets. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, a member of the Jordanian royal family […]

UN denies Brahimi had a stroke, report

The United Nations Monday denied a media report that claimed Lakhdar Brahimi, the UN-Arab League envoy for Syria, had suffered a stroke. “There has been a report today which has falsely claimed that Joint Special Representative for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi had suffered a stroke,”