Rights expert welcomes Vatican’s rejection of ‘Doctrine of Discovery’

The Vatican’s rejection of the 500-year-old Catholic decree used to justify the seizure of indigenous lands by colonial powers, known as the ‘Doctrine of Discovery’, has been welcomed by an independent UN human rights expert as “an important step towards reconciliation and healing”. 

Tensions mount in Middle East as UN reiterates need for ‘maximum restraint’

The UN on Thursday condemned the multiple rockets fired into Israel from across its northern border with Lebanon, urging “all actors to exercise maximum restraint”, following several days of rising tension and violence, centred around Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque.

Athletes score for people and the planet on International Day of Sport

Athletes are pushing for a more equitable world, both on and off the playing field – one of the messages coming out of the UN on Thursday, marking the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace.