Prodded by Vanuatu and other nations, the U.N. General Assembly will ask the ICJ based in The Hague for an unprecedented legal opinion on nations' legal obligations to fight global warming – and the consequences if they don't.
Southeast Asian foreign ministers sought to defuse conflicts from Myanmar's military takeover and China's expanding footprint, along with North Korea's aggressive missile testing.
It is a fight that spans the continent and has entangled international organizations, border security forces and a host of others in a murky web of politics and international law.
The proposed global treaty is intended to strengthen marine protections for international waters that are beyond the 200 nautical mile (370 kilometer) jurisdiction of coastal nations.
Data worth an estimated US$10 trillion — equal to twice Japan's GDP — moves through underwater cables every day.
The trade deal fulfills U.S. President Donald Trump's pledge to replace the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement.
Concerns about climate change's rapid rate of advance in the far north drove three years of talks on commercial fishing.
Diplomats, experts and international organizations are negotiating a new treaty aimed at protecting the rich biodiversity of open oceans against commercial pressures.
Because these ocean areas and deep seabeds lie beyond national jurisdictions, they fall within a patchwork of laws overseen mostly by U.N.-affiliated international organizations.
A U.S.-North Korea summit could expand a little-known aspect of a tightly controlled and secretive nation: North Korea's extensive involvement with international organizations.