September 18, 2006
Talks Open U.N. General Assembly Meeting
International leaders met in New York Monday for the 61st annual
meeting of the U.N. General Assembly. Chief among the topics to
be discussed was the ongoing crisis in Sudan's Darfur region,
where more than 200,000 people are estimated to have died since
2003 in violence and a resulting humanitarian crisis. Timothy
Wirth of the United Nations Foundation and Republican Sen. Norm
Coleman of Minnesota join Jim Lehrer to discuss Darfur and a variety
of other issues facing the troubled world body.
March 15, 2006
Approves Human Rights Council Against U.S. Wishes
Members of the U.N. General Assembly ignored U.S. opposition and
voted overwhelmingly to establish a Human Rights Council that
will have higher status and greater accountability than the existing
Human Rights Commission, a body highly criticized for its failure
to stop human rights offenses and for admitting rights abusers.
December 28, 2005
Assembly Passes Compromise Budget
Ending weeks of turmoil over whether or not to approve next year's
budget without a consensus on reform policy, the U.N. General
Assembly late last week adopted its 2006-2007 budget but with
a spending cap aimed at pressuring countries into agreeing to
key reforms within six months.
September 28, 2005
Reform Document Just a Start, Bolton Tells Congress
Two weeks after helping approve a compromise United Nations reform
plan, U.N. Ambassador John Bolton told members of Congress on
Wednesday that the United States "didn't get everything we wanted,"
but it was a start.
September 16, 2005
Summit Wraps Up with Prospects of More Reforms
World leaders prepared to end a U.N. summit in New York on Friday
by endorsing a reform document that included calls to create a
Peacebuilding Commission and to protect civilians from genocide,
but watered down or put off decisions on several other changes
Secretary-General Kofi Annan had proposed earlier this year.
September 14, 2005
Urges More Fundamental Reforms at U.N.
The United Nations summit of more than 150 world leaders opened
Wednesday with Secretary-general Kofi Annan calling the last-minute
agreement on a proposal to alter the embattled organization a
"good start" but not "the sweeping and fundamental reform" needed.
September 13, 2005
Approves Diluted Reform Plan
A day before the United Nations was prepared to meet for what
has been billed as a historic summit to reform the world body,
member states approved a compromise, watered-down document intended
to guide the organization in the 21st century.
September 7, 2005
Oil-for-Food Commission Presents Final Report, Calls for Changes
The 18-month investigation into the United Nations' oil-for-food
program ended with tough words for top U.N. management and calls
for significant changes within the organization.
August 1, 2005
Bush Appoints John Bolton to the United Nations
Despite ongoing opposition by many Democrats, the president sidestepped
congressional approval and appointed controversial nominee John
Bolton as ambassador to the United Nations on the first day of
Congress' summer recess.
June 20, 2005
Bush Urges Up or Down Vote on U.N. Ambassador Nominee Bolton
Three months after President Bush nominated John Bolton to be
ambassador to the United Nations, the Senate has yet to decide
whether to confirm the controversial choice.
May 18, 2005
Investigation into the Oil-for-food Program Reveals Corporate
A Senate subcommittee investigating the U.N. program released
reports implicating a British politician and several companies