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Tag: Un

UNSC undermining General Assembly's authority: India

United Nations: Criticising the Security Council for “undermining” the authority of the General Assembly, India has said that the 193-member body has to assume some of the blame because of its focus on procedures rather than substantive matters. The prerogative and authority of the 193-member General Assembly, “which is the closest institution to a world […]

India continues to work with UNSC sanctions committee to list Azhar as global terrorist: Sources

New Delhi: India continues to work with the UN Security Council sanctions committee on the listing of Masood Azhar as a global terrorist and will show patience on the issue, official sources said Saturday, days after China blocked a proposal at the world body to ban the JeM chief. They also said steps taken by […]

Responsible UNSC members may be forced to pursue other actions: UNSC diplomat on Masood Azhar

Washington: Outraged by China blocking for the fourth time a move to designate JeM chief Masood Azhar a global terrorist, responsible UNSC members warned they “may be forced to pursue other actions” at the Security Council if Beijing continued with this policy. “If China continues to block this designation, responsible member-states may be forced to […]

UNSC set to decide on designating JeM chief Masood Azhar as 'global terrorist'

New York: The fate of the proposal to designate Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed’s chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN Security Council will be known in less than 24 hours when the deadline to raise objections to the bid expires. The proposal to designate Azhar under the 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee […]

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India calls for UN-led consensus on zero tolerance on terrorism

United Nations: India has called for a “UN-led consensus on zero tolerance on terrorism”, while condemning Pakistan’s use of cross-border insurgency as an instrument of state policy. “We all need to unequivocally condemn terrorism and its perpetrators,” Rajiv Chander, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN, told the Human Rights Council in Geneva on Thursday after Islamabad […]

Nations to resolve in addressing climate change: UN official

Nairobi: UN Environment Acting Executive Director Joyce Msuya has issued a forceful call to nations for action ahead of the fourth UN Environment Assembly slated to take place here from March 11 to 15. “Time is running short,” Msuya wrote in a letter to UN member states. “We are past pledging and politicking. We are […]

Poverty reduced in India but divisive policies undermining growth: UN human rights chief

United Nations: While admitting that poverty has fallen in India, UN Human Rights High Commissioner Michele Bachelet cautioned that divisive policies will undermine the country’s economic growth. Addressing the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Wednesday, she said that there had been “significant poverty reduction in overall terms”, but added that “inequality remains a serious […]

Anti-terrorism protest at UN demands action against Pakistani terror sponsors, JeM chief

United Nations: Members of the Indian community and international supporters have held a protest outside the UN headquarters demanding that the international organisation act against Pakistani leaders abetting terrorism and impose an arms embargo on Islamabad. The protest on Sunday by about 400 people also included concerned citizens from the US, Bangladesh, Caribbean countries, Sri […]

Pakistan air space restriction impacts 11 international flights to and from Delhi

New Delhi: The closure of Pakistan air space resulted in cancellation of 11 international flights to and from the national capital’s Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport on Friday. Pakistan has banned Indian aircraft from using its airspace and Pakistan’s Air Traffic Control (ATC) has banned flying of any aircraft below 32,000 feet. However, the commercial […]

UN chief holding discussions 'with different parties' on India-Pak situation: Spokesperson

United Nations:Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is having discussions “at different levels with different parties” about the tense India-Pakistan situation, his Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said on Wednesday. He refused to say who those parties were or the levels of contact but said the discussions were “to make sure that we have, we get a full picture” of […]

Trump picks US Ambassador to Canada for UN

Washington: US President Donald Trump announced that he will nominate Kelly Knight Craft, the country’s incumbent Ambassador to Canada and a major Republican donor, to be Washington’s Ambassador to the UN. Craft is set to succeed Nikki Haley, who left the UN post at the end of last year, pending a Senate confirmation. Craft is […]

UNSC strongly condemns 'heinous and cowardly' Pulwama attack

United Nations: The powerful UN Security Council has strongly condemned the “heinous and cowardly” Pulwama terror attack by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed and underlined the need to hold perpetrators of these “reprehensible acts” of terrorism accountable and bring them to justice. Forty Central Reserve Police Force personnel were killed in a suicide attack by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) […]

UN urges India, Pakistan to defuse tensions

United Nations: UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres called on India and Pakistan to exercise “maximum restraint” and offered to mediate in the face of rising tensions following the attack at Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir that claimed the lives of 40 CRPF troopers. Guterres, through a spokesman, said that the UN is deeply concerned about […]

UN plans to raise $920m for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

Geneva: The UN refugee agency on Friday said it would raise $920 million in a new plan to aid 900,000 Rohingya refugees living in Bangladesh. Over half of the solicited money, also meant to assist 330,000 vulnerable Bangladeshi hosts, is needed to meet the basic needs such as food, water, sanitation and shelter of the […]

US-China trade war to boost Indian economy: UN study

Geneva: The trade war between the US and China is expected to boost the Indian economy with a rise of 3.5 per cent in exports while the EU will be the biggest winner, taking home $70 billion in additional trade, according to a UN study. Amid tit for tat tariff hikes between Washington and Beijing, […]

50m tonnes of e-waste discarded each year: UN report

Davos: Each year, approximately 50 million tonnes of electronic and electrical waste (e-waste) is discarded, a UN report said on Thursday. In terms of material value, this is worth 62.5 billion dollars — more than the GDP of most countries. Ironically, less than 20 per cent of this is recycled formally. Informally, millions of people […]

India, Pak should engage in 'meaningful dialogue' to resolve their issues: UN chief

United Nations: United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Friday hoped that India and Pakistan will engage in a “meaningful dialogue” to resolve their issues. The UN chief also said he has been offering his “good offices in relation to the dialogue between the two countries that, until now, had no conditions of success.” Guterres […]

12 dead in shipwreck off Libya: UN

Tripoli: At least 12 people died after a rubber boat which spent more than 10 days at sea capsized off Misrata, Libya, the UN migration agency has said, urging search and rescue operations to be stepped up in the Mediterranean. Ten survivors were rescued and returned to Libya where they were treated by medical staff […]

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Indian peacekeeper injured in DRC rebel attack

United Nations: An attack by a rebel group has injured an Indian police peacekeeper serving an UN operation in a Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) area facing the Ebola crisis, an UN official said. Stephane Dujarric, the spokesperson for Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Monday that the attack was carried out by “suspected” Allied Democratic […]

UN allocates $34.6mn for drought-affected Afghans

Kabul: The UN has allocated $34.6 million in emergency aid to support 2.2 million Afghans affected by a severe drought, it was announced on Wednesday. The amount was allocated by UN Afghanistan Humanitarian Fund and Central Emergency Response Fund, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a statement cited by […]

Chamling receives FAO award for Sikkim becoming world's first organic state

United Nations: Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling received the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation’s (FAO) Future Policy Gold Award from its Deputy Director Maria Helena Semedo, who commended the Himalayan state for setting an example to the world by becoming first totally organic state. Accepting the award at the FAO headquarters in Rome on […]

MPs from across India's political spectrum showcase nation's diversity at UN

United Nations: Reflecting the diversity of India’s democracy, members of parliament from across the political spectrum and the nation are representing India at the General Assembly. India’s Permanent Representative Syed Akbaruddin described their participation in the Indian delegation to the Assembly as “a long tradition that has helped in fostering better understanding of multilateralism among […]

Nikki Haley quits as US Ambassador to UN

Washington: Nikki Haley, the first American of Indian descent to hold a cabinet-level position in the US, resigned as Ambassador to the UN on Tuesday. CNN said that Haley sent her resignation directly to President Donald Trump. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted: “President Trump and Ambassador Nikki Haley will meet in the Oval […]

Earth will reach 1.5 degrees Celsius threshold by 2030: Report

Geneva: The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on Monday said the planet will reach the crucial threshold of 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels by 2030, precipitating the risk of extreme drought, wildfires, floods and food shortages for hundreds of millions of people. In a report, the IPCC said that governments around the […]

Sushma on Pakistan terror nation
At UNGA, Sushma slams Pak for promoting terror, calls for global action

In her speech to the General Assembly that shined a spotlight on Pakistan’s complicity with the “demon of terrorism”, India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj warned on Saturday of a “conflagration” if the world does not act against terrorists and their supporters. Her speech in Hindi gave an overview of the domestic and global concerns […]

UN General Assembly Memorial held for Kofi Annan

United Nations: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said the UN and Kofi Annan (the late former UN secretary-general) were inseparable and it is impossible to say where one ended and the other began. Guterres on Friday led a list of diplomats, staff and family members speaking in the UN General Assembly Hall at a memorial […]

UN celebrates Ambedkar's legacy 'fighting inequality, inspiring inclusion'

United Nations: Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar’s legacy of fighting inequality and inspiring inclusion around the world was highlighted here at the celebration of his 127th birth anniversary. UN Development Programme Director Achim Steiner said in his keynote address that Ambedkar’s legacy lives on in a remarkable way in the difficult work undertaken in the UN headquarters […]

UN demands immediate access for aid convoys in Syria

United Nations: The UN has demanded that all parties involved in the conflict in Syria allow new humanitarian convoys access to the besieged rebel-held area of Eastern Ghouta, after the first delivery earlier this week could not be completed due to a lack of security. The UN on Tuesday specifically demanded that the aid delivery, […]

Woman loses house to Phailin, son to govt negligence

Nayagarh: The United Nations (UN) might have appreciated Odisha government’s handling of cyclone Phailin which hit Odisha in October 2013; but the ground reality speaks volumes about the pain and suffering that the affected people still have to put up with. Tears stream down her wrinkled face incessantly as she weeps in the memory of […]

US holds back $65m aid to Palestine

Washington: The US has announced that it will withhold more than half of the funding it provides for a UN agency that supports Palestinians, about two weeks after President Donald Trump threatened to pull funding for the group. Washington will withhold $65 million out of its scheduled $125 million payment to the UN Relief Works […]

Twinkle Khanna speaks at UN women's entrepreneurship summit

New York: Writer, film producer and former actress Twinkle Khanna delivered her words in a panel discussion on “Sparking Confidence in Girls with Stars of Today” at the women’s entrepreneurship summit at the United Nations. “Honoured to be speaking at the Women Entrepreneurs summit at the United Nations,” Twinkle, wife of actor Akshay Kumar, tweeted. […]

China again blocks UN move to ban Jaish chief

Beijing: China on Thursday blocked a US resolution seeking to declare Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar a global terrorist. Due to lack of consensus at the UNSC committee, the application seeking a ban on Masood Azhar has been rejected, a Chinese Foreign Ministry official told IANS. This is the second time Beijing has vetoed the […]

UN chief to meet Trump to discuss UN reform

United Nation: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will travel to Washington and meet US President Donald Trump at the White House on Friday, a UN spokesman announced. The spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, would not give details of the meeting. “I don’t think it will surprise you if I will tell you that issues of mutual concern will […]

Tehran implementing commitments under nuclear deal: IAEA

Vienna: The UN nuclear watchdog International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has again confirmed that Iran has been implementing the Iran nuclear deal under the robust nuclear verification regime. IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano said on Friday that Tehran was co-operating with the agency to implement the commitment to be undertaken by Tehran, Xinhua news agency […]

UN Security Council calls for dialogue in Yemen

United Nations: The UN Security Council has called on all parties in Yemen, particularly the Houthis, to engage in meaningful dialogue to stop fighting and resolve the conflict. The members of the Security Council on Tuesday reiterated their support for a political solution as the only way to end the conflict in Yemen and their […]

UN slaps port ban on ships violating N.Korea sanctions

United Nations: The UN has banned four ships from visiting any global port, after they were found violating sanctions imposed on North Korea, the media reported. Hugh Griffiths, co-ordinator of a UN panel on North Korean sanctions, on Monday night described the move as unprecedented, reports the BBC. The ships were reportedly the Petrel 8, […]

UN appeals for $430mn in aid to tackle Rohingya crisis

Dhaka: The UN said on Tuesday that it would appeal for $430 million in aid from the international community to respond to the Rohingya refugee crisis in Bangladesh, a figure which is more than double what was calculated weeks earlier when the number of refugees was lower. Six weeks after the UN relief operations started, […]

At least 3 peacekeepers killed in Mali attack: UN

BAMAKO: At least three UN peacekeepers were killed today when their vehicle hit an explosive device in Mali’s troubled north, the UN’s mission to the conflict-torn country said. MINUSMA said the attack, which also left another five soldiers seriously wounded, took place early today on a road between the city of Gao and a village […]

Sushma on Pakistan terror nation
Pakistan is terror export factory: Sushma at UN

United Nations: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Saturday launched a stinging attack against Pakistan at the UN, saying India had grown as an IT superpower while Pakistan has emerged as a pre-eminent factory for the export of terror in the 70 years of the independence of the two countries. “We are fighting poverty. But […]

39 killed in shooting attack in Congo: UN

Geneva: At least 39 people were killed and 94 injured in a latest shooting attack in Congo on September 15, the UN Refugee Agency UNHCR said on Tuesday. The UN agency said the attack took place after Congolese soldiers fired live rounds at Burundian protesters in the eastern part of the country, many of whom […]