Melissa Kent


Melissa Kent is a producer with CBC News covering the United Nations from its headquarters in New York City. @KentUNCBC

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Canada again votes at UN to back Palestinian self-determination

Canada has once again voted to back Palestinian self-determination. In a vote at the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday it reaffirmed a major change in position in the controversial and long-running dispute between Israel and the Palestinians.

Trudeau faces another tough vote — Canada's bid for a UN Security Council seat

The election is still eight months away but diplomats tell CBC News that Canada's bid for a seat on the United Nations Security Council is facing challenges already — due to Ottawa's voting pattern in the General Assembly and its late entry in the race.

UN turns to young people for hope and vitality in climate fight

The United Nations hopes the presence of hundreds of young people will motivate governments and corporations to take bold climate action when world leaders meet in New York City for the annual UN General Assembly next week.

U.S. investigates spam barrage on UN diplomat at women's rights conference

U.S. officials have opened an investigation after a female diplomat faced a barrage of anti-abortion text messages from an advocacy group, disrupting a major UN summit on women's rights. 

Canada asks UN for more time to decide whether to extend Mali peacekeeping mission

Canada has asked the United Nations for an extension of two weeks to decide whether to keep its peacekeepers and helicopters on the ground in Mali beyond its July 31 departure date.

UN expert demands transparency in trial of Saudi men accused in Khashoggi killing

The UN expert investigating the brutal killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi is calling on the government of Saudi Arabia to make public the names of the accused and the evidence against them — and to open the secretive hearings to independent observers.

Trudeau won't deliver Canada's address to UN General Assembly this year

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will not deliver Canada's address to the United Nations General Assembly in New York this year, sources tell CBC News.

UN says Canada needs more helicopters to fully meet its peacekeeping commitments in Mali

Canada is taking over a key role in the peacekeeping mission in Mali, but United Nations officials worry it may not be able to fulfil a crucial part of its mandate because it plans to send limited helicopter support.

Canadian teen tells UN 'warrior up' to protect water

Autumn Peltier, a 13-year-old from Manitoulin Island on Georgian Bay, delivered a strong message to the United Nations General Assembly that the world needs to stop polluting its water.

Politicized UN committee using 'repeated and arbitrary deferrals' to block NGOs, critics say

NGOs and voices within the United Nations are calling for the reform of the committee tasked with accrediting non-governmental organizations, saying it has become a political tool to block rather than bolster their participation.

U.S. says cuts to UN budget 'unrelated' to Jerusalem vote

Linking the UN budget cut — $285 million US off a budget of more than $5 billion — to the General Assembly's Jerusalem vote is more theatre than reality. Even the U.S. confirms they are unrelated.

UN mulls Canada's announced peacekeeping contribution, warns hard part is yet to come

The United Nations is grateful for Canada's announced contribution to peacekeeping operations but the hard part — the where, how and when — has yet to be negotiated, leaving some concerned about the details.

Canada to deliver host of initiatives to UN peacekeeping conference including $15M trust fund

Canada will announce a series of initiatives Wednesday it hopes will deliver a “more coherent” approach by the United Nations for the involvement of women in peacekeeping and the resolution of conflicts in troubled nations, CBC News has learned.

Angelina Jolie lends her star power to international peacekeeping summit in Canada

Angelina Jolie will deliver a keynote address at next week's international peacekeeping summit in Vancouver, her office has confirmed to CBC News.

Canadian peacekeeping proposals out of line with UN priorities: sources

Canada has been discussing peacekeeping contribution ideas with the United Nations for months, but sources tell CBC News many of the proposals Ottawa has presented aren't considered by the UN to be operational priorities — or even necessary.