United Nations

Britain was wrong to back the U.N’s anti-Israel resolution

4 January 2017 14:01

Like all the best mistakes, it was done for the right reasons. Knowing that for once the US wouldn’t veto,…

Faisal Trad, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador in Geneva, 
meets with Michael Møller, 
Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva (Credit: UN Watch)

The ten worst UN moments of 2015

31 December 2015 16:49

While a new year can mean new beginnings, Steerpike would hate for anyone to forget some of 2015’s more ‘interesting’ incidents. So…

David Cameron Meets Spanish President Mariano Rajoy

Mitchell and Cooper present two different paths on dealing with Syria

7 September 2015 9:58

It’s back to school day in Westminster and one of the first items on the agenda will be David Cameron’s…

A symbol of peace? (Photo: Abbas Momani/AFP/Getty)

Tony Blair has long been an irrelevance in the Middle East peace process

28 May 2015 11:52

Following months of speculation, Tony Blair has finally announced he is standing down as the Quartet Representative to the Middle East…

United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights, Francois Crepeau attends a press conference in Doha on November 10, 2013. KARIM JAAFAR/AFP/Getty Images

Another UN official who makes me more likely to vote Ukip

7 December 2014 22:49

The latest half-witted United Nations official to stick the boot into the United Kingdom is one Francois Crepeau, UN ‘Special…

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England should withdraw from the 2022 World Cup

13 November 2014 13:38

Mark Steyn once wrote of the United Nations: ‘It’s a good basic axiom that if you take a quart of…


Sexism is ‘in your face’ in Britain because it’s up for discussion

16 April 2014 16:17

Sexism is more ‘in your face’ in Britain than in other countries, a United Nations investigator has claimed. I can…

Greenpeace activists in Warsaw hold pictures of their comrades currently held by the Russian government. (JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Are climate change talks getting dirty?

14 November 2013 17:37

Warsaw – As reports flood in of devastation in the Philippines,  pressure is growing on ministers attending United Nations talks in Poland…

The UN's Raquel Rolnik, whose report strongly criticised the bedroom 'tax'.

Exclusive: Leaked emails reveal United Nations fury at ‘bedroom tax’ report

16 September 2013 20:02

Last Tuesday, word began to spread in Whitehall that the United Nations were set to release a highly critical report…

'Bedroom tax' report

The EU and UN have made fools of themselves

11 September 2013 21:33

Today has not been a good day for multinational organisations. Both the European Union and the United Nations have made…

The Mishrawis were killed by a Hamas rocket, fired by Hamas Palestinians at Israelis, not by a 'targeted strike' carried out by Israel. Will Owen Jones apologise for having said the opposite? Image: Getty

Will Owen Jones apologise?

11 March 2013 13:22

Last November, during another exchange between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza, the left-wing columnist Owen Jones appeared on BBC…

Children gather beside a toppled statue of Saddam Hussein as two men place their feet on the head to pose for a friend taking photographs April 14, 2003 in Bagdhad, Iraq.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

The Iraq fury still burns, fuelled by unanswered questions

5 March 2013 15:23

I was fascinated to read the reaction to Nick Cohen’s article expressing his view that after 10 years he still…

Argentina's Foreign Minister Hector Timerman stoked tensions over the Falkland Islands at a meeting in the UK Parliament earlier today. Image: Getty

Argentina’s Foreign Minister compares the Falklanders to Israeli settlers

5 February 2013 16:50

Argentina’s foreign minister, Hector Timerman, is in town. He spoke to all the All Party Parliamentary Group on Argentina earlier…

Kofi Annan. Photo: Getty Images.

The Spectator presents: an evening with Kofi Annan

20 December 2012 16:13

I’m delighted to announce that The Spectator will be hosting an evening with Kofi Annan early next year. The ex Secretary-General…

Mahmoud Abbas addressing the United Nations earlier this evening. Image: Getty.

Abbas and the death of the two-state solution

29 November 2012 22:19

If anybody still wonders why there has not been a two-state solution long ago to the most famous – albeit…

Mary Robinson talks to us about her arguments with Kofi Annan in the United Nations. Image: Getty.

Interview: Mary Robinson

21 September 2012 11:22

In 1990 Mary Robinson became Ireland’s first female president. As a progressive liberal, Robinson seemed a very unlikely candidate for…

Kofi Annan Briefs UN Security Council On Syria

The United Nations is not in Foggy Bottom. On balance, that’s a good thing.

23 August 2012 23:40

For an Englishman, Nile Gardner is an unusually reliable mouthpiece for the more reactionary elements of reactionary American conservative foreign…

Robinson South Africa

South Africa: Mired in corruption?

21 August 2012 11:36

On the 5th of August Mary Robinson delivered the annual Nelson Mandela lecture in Cape Town. It should have been…

A lecture against FGM in southern Egypt, Getty Images

The racism of the respectable

24 July 2012 19:33

To be a racist in Britain, you do not need to cover yourself in tattoos and join a neo-Nazi party.…

UN observers enter Mazraat al-Qubeir

9 June 2012 15:15

Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov has said that ‘some foreign players’ are provoking opposition to the Assad regime while ‘demanding the…

People chant slogans while holding a sig

Syrian massacres expose Britain’s pretence

7 June 2012 13:00

More than a week on from the massacre at Houla, another hundred or so men, women and children have been…


Euphoria gives way to worry as fog of war descends

1 June 2012 9:09

The slaughter of the innocents in Houla, Syria, has concentrated the West’s collective mind. The Times declares (£), not unreasonably,…

The Syrian tragedy continues

27 May 2012 14:30

Last Friday, the Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, produced a gloomy 13-page report about the situation in…


Brits sceptical of Syria intervention

8 February 2012 17:09

Britain’s response to Syria so far has been uncertain and cautious. A YouGov poll today suggests that the public is…


Stopping Assad

7 February 2012 18:52

The situation in Syria grows worse by the minute. President Assad seems to have taken the UN Security Council’s deadlock…