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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.

Quiz on the Global Water Supply: Where the World Is Thirsty

Quiz on the Global Water Supply: Where the World Is Thirsty

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 21, 2017

How much water do you use in a day? What countries are at the greatest risk of water shortages and drought? Take a look at our quiz to learn more about water in our world. By Marcel Pauly more... Comment ]

UN Drinking Water Report: Thirsty in Paradise

UN Drinking Water Report: Thirsty in Paradise

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 21, 2017

Millions of people around the world still don't have secure access to drinking water. A new report shows where the situation is most precarious. By Marcel Pauly more... Comment ]


War and Peace: Disunity and Impotence at the United Nations

War and Peace: Disunity and Impotence at the United Nations

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 12, 2017

The mandate of the United Nations is to preserve peace in the world, but when it comes to the Syrian crisis, the global body has failed badly. Will the UN's new secretary-general be able to finally introduce necessary reforms? By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

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 ]