The United Nations (UN) is an intergovernmental organization established after World War Two in 1945 to promote international co-operation and maintain international security.
The UN has 193 members and its headquarters are in New York City. Its objectives also include promoting human rights, fostering social and economic development, protecting the environment, and humanitarian aid. It is financed through contributions from its member states.
Carla Del Ponte says she intends to resign from a UN commission established to probe atrocities in Syria's civil war. The Swiss national came to prominence investigating atrocities in Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia.
An appeals court in the Netherlands has ruled that Dutch peacekeepers were only partly responsible for about 300 deaths in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre. Relatives of the victims had appealed a similar ruling from 2014.