UN Secretariat recognizes gay marriages for all staff members

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced that the United Nations is changing its LGBT policies: The Secretariat will now fully recognize same-sex marriages of all its staff members and also provide full benefits to its employees, regardless of whether their home country recognizes marriage equality.

UN Human Rights Chief: Whistleblowers like Snowden Need Protection

In her first reference to whistleblower Edward Snowden’s case, UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay has called on all countries to protect the rights of those who uncover abuses and stressed the need to respect the right for people to seek asylum.

Mind-Controlled Puppet: A Mirage Called Malala, Another Daughter of the East?

Had Edward Snowden exposed the dirt of the Taliban, he would have been standing behind the lectern in New York at the UN hall on Friday, July 12. Whoever drafted Malala’s speech was taking no chances because they wanted a cinematic moment from a “mind-controlled victim” of the elite according to an Indian writer.

New 8-pointed star-shape UN city inaugurated in Copenhagen (+ photos)

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday together with Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II, Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Minister for Foreign Affairs Villy Søvndal and Minister for Development Cooperation Christian Friis Bach officially opened the UN City in Copenhagen. The ceremony officially opened both Campus 1 and Campus 2, but was held in Campus 1.

UN Chief slams illegal Israel settlement expansion on Palestinian lands

Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon has criticized Israel’s settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank, calling the move a “violation of international law.” The UN chief is deeply concerned about Israel moving forward with a plan to build more than 1,000 new illegal units in two West Bank settlements.

UN rejects Russia’s proposal to send troops to Golan Heights

The United Nations has turned down Russia’s offer of sending troops to the Golan Heights to replace the Austrian peacekeepers that are withdrawing from the region.

Austria to withdraw peacekeepers from Golan Heights, UN in Disarray

Austria, UNDOF’s largest contingent, to be pulled after fierce fighting between pro-Assad forces and rebels at border crossing; only Indian and Filipino peacekeepers remain.

Filipino UN Peacekeeper wounded in Golan Heights

A Filipino United Nations peacekeeper was wounded and hit by “a wayward indirect fire” at Camp Ziouni in ceasefire line Golan Heights.

French President Hollande Receives UNESCO Peace Prize for Invading Mali

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on Friday announced to grant the gold medal of the Felix Houphouet-Boigny Peace Prize to French President Francois Hollande in recognition of his peace efforts in Africa.

UN Investigator: Most of Syria Opposition Fighters Don’t Want Democracy

An independent UN investigator said that the majority of the foreign-backed opposition militants who are fighting the Syrian government don’t want democracy.

Russia not to support new “obviously biased, forced regime change” U.N. resolution on Syria

Russia will not be supporting the new 'obviously biased' UN resolution seeking approval from the U.N. General Assembly due to its unilateral plan for Syria with the single purpose of regime change, said the statement, adding it ignores "regional and political implications of such a scenario."

UN criticizes U.S. detention camp on Guantánamo Naval Base

The United Nations has criticized the U.S. government for maintaining its detention center in the illegally occupied Guantánamo Naval Base, despite assurances, including President Barack Obama, it would be closed.