UN experts say systematic government abuses have allowed weapons and ammunition to get into the hands of clan leaders, warlords and al-Qaeda members.
The Vatican says a blunt UN report on sexual abuse of children by clergy was distorted and that the UN has been influenced by pro-gay marriage NGOs.
The first round of peace talks has ended with no progess made on ending the civil war or commitment from the govt to return to the negotiating table.
The ongoing civil war in South Sudan has already killed more than 10 000 people, and peace talks in Addis Ababa are deadlocked.
Around a million poor Zimbabweans face hunger after the UN World Food Programme announced it was cutting food rations due to a cash crunch.
At least 200 South Sudanese civilians have died when a boat, packed with people escaping fighting between government forces and rebels, capsized.
Some 210 000 civilians have been forced from their homes by violence in the Central African Republic capital in the past two weeks alone, says the UN.
The government wants the United Nations to cut aid and give it cash to boost the economy instead.
Rich developed countries remain reluctant to compensate poorer nations financially for devastation wrought by increasingly extreme weather phenomena.
The UN, Australia and the US have mobilised emergency aid as the scale of the devastation unleashed by super typhoon Haiyan emerges.
Syria's entire declared stock of chemical weapons has been placed under seal, says inspectors.
Following ex-rebels declaring the end to a peace deal, the UN has called on Mozambique's government and former rebels Renamo to stop the violence.
Gospel and RnB musician Loyiso Bala has been appointed as the national goodwill ambassador for the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/Aids.
Peace talks between the government of the DRC and M23 rebels were suspended again even after the UN pressed for progress in the troubled negotiations.
The world's chemical weapons watchdog says its inspectors have checked 11 out of 20 sites identified to be carrying Syria's banned weapons.
South Africa continues to push for reform of the "undemocratic" UN Security Council, says International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.
Zim President Robert Mugabe's fiery condemnation of the West during the 68th UN general assembly resulted in the US delegation leaving in disgust.
President Zuma was ready to klap the UN for basically ruining the world. But there are some things in Zuma's presidency that will haunt him forever.
The United Nations Security Council remains undemocratic, unrepresentative and unfair to developing nations and small states, says President Zuma.
Nicholas Kay, UN special representative for Somalia, says troops in the East African country require more resources to combat al-Shabab.