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World Council

Formed in the aftermath of World War II, the UN's most important objectives are to secure peace, protect human rights and enforce international laws. In the course of upcoming reforms, Germany hopes to secure a permanent seat within the UN's most powerful organ, the Security Council.

Poverty Conundrum: Why Most Poor People Live in 'Middle-Income Countries'

Poverty Conundrum: Why Most Poor People Live in 'Middle-Income Countries'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 29, 2016

One might think that the countries where most poor people live would be classified as poor themselves. But they aren't. The World Bank's "middle-income countries" designation means that huge numbers of the poorest are placed at further disadvantage. By Rema Nagarajan more...

Papua New Guinea: An App for Midwives that Could Save Lives

Papua New Guinea: An App for Midwives that Could Save Lives

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 18, 2016

Infant and maternal mortality rates in Papua New Guinea are among the highest in the world. A pair of German siblings wants to support midwives in the country in the form of an app. Villages may be without electricity, but the mobile grid is strong and lives could be saved. By Heike Le Ker more... Comment ]

UN Sustainable Development Goals: The Calculated Vision

UN Sustainable Development Goals: The Calculated Vision

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 17, 2016

Ten months, 10 goals, 10 features: The "Expedition BeyondTomorrow" project starts at the supermarket check-out and, by way of an interactive globe, takes you around the world. Find out what's behind our new series. By Anna Behrend and Christina Elmer more... Video | Comment ]

Going for Broke in Paris: It's Now or Never for the Climate

Going for Broke in Paris: It's Now or Never for the Climate

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 01, 2015

This week, the most important event of the year began: 195 countries are negotiating the future of our planet in Paris. The world's most powerful leaders must now demand sacrifices from their citizens in order to save the climate. A Commentary by Florian Harms more... Comment ]

The Road to Bamiyan: A Public Works Debacle that Defines Afghanistan

The Road to Bamiyan: A Public Works Debacle that Defines Afghanistan

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 30, 2014

It was to be a symbol of reconstructed Afghanistan: a paved highway from Kabul to the beautiful valley of Bamiyan. Construction has long been underway, but the project may never be completed -- a victim of the realities in present-day Afghanistan. By Jochen-Martin Gutsch more... Comment ]

Interview with UN Peace Envoy Brahimi: 'Syria Will Become Another Somalia'

Interview with UN Peace Envoy Brahimi: 'Syria Will Become Another Somalia'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 07, 2014

For almost two years, Lakhdar Brahimi sought to bring peace to Syria. But in May, the United Nations special envoy stepped down. He speaks with SPIEGEL about the stubbornness of Syrian President Assad, the mistakes of the West and the dangers presented by Islamic radicals. Interview by Susanne Koelbl more... Comment ]

UN Congo Mission Leader: 'Unimaginable Human Catastrophes'

UN Congo Mission Leader: 'Unimaginable Human Catastrophes'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 27, 2014

In an interview, Martin Kobler, the head of the United Nation peacekeeping force in Congo, discusses the recent success by the blue helmets in the country and why he would like to see Germany take more decisive action to bring stability to the African nation. Interview Conducted by Horand Knaup and Ralf Neukirch more... Comment ]

Ban Ki-Moon Interview: 'Somewhat Helpless' in Syria

Ban Ki-Moon Interview: 'Somewhat Helpless' in Syria

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 04, 2014

In an interview, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon discusses negotiations with Damascus, the international community's paralysis on the issue of Syria and why he believes Germany must take on a stronger role in the world. Interview By Nikolaus Blome and Juliane von Mittelstaedt more... Comment ]

Central African Republic: French Intervention Risky for Hollande

Central African Republic: French Intervention Risky for Hollande

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 06, 2013

The Central African Republic is on the verge of collapse, as religious warfare threatens to devolve into genocide. Now French President François Hollande is sending 1,200 troops to end the violence -- but France runs the risk of becoming embroiled in complicated power struggles. By Stefan Simons more... Comment ]

Climate Progress: Warsaw's Meaningful Compromise

Climate Progress: Warsaw's Meaningful Compromise

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 27, 2013

Although the UN Climate Change Conference in Warsaw yielded few significant benchmarks, one initiative to compensate poor countries faced with disasters could have major implications for the future. By Joel Stonington more... Comment ]