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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

Sushma meets Bhutanese PM, Tunisian counterpart

New York: On a day of hectic diplomatic engagements, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday met Bhutanese Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay and Tunisian Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui ahead of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) session here. “#EAM@UNGA Stregthening (sic) traditionally unique bilateral relations. EAM@SushmaSwaraj meets with Bhutanese PM @tsheringtobgay in New York,” External Affairs […]

Nepal to sign Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

Kathmandu: Nepal will sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons this week during the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said here on Monday. Nepali Deputy Prime Minister Krishna Bahadur Mahara, who is in-charge of foreign affairs, will ink the treaty on behalf of Nepal, MoFA […]

415,000 Rohingyas have crossed into Bangladesh: UN

Dhaka: The UN office in Bangladesh on Monday said that around 415,000 members of the Muslim Rohingya minority community have crossed into the country from Myanmar over the last three weeks. Around 3,000 more people had arrived since Sunday, and Monday saw a smaller number of boats carrying Rohingyas travelling to Bangladesh compared to the […]

India will not sit idle till Azhar brought to justice: Envoy

New York: Hoping that the UN would soon designate Masood Azhar as a terrorist, a top Indian diplomat has said that New Delhi will not sit idle till the Pakistan- based Jaish-e-Mohammed leader is brought to justice. India has identified Azhar as the mastermind of the Pathankot terror attack on January 2, 2016. It has […]

'Pak raising Kashmir at UN is like Miyan ki daud masjid tak'

United Nations: Taking a jibe at Pakistan, a top Indian diplomat has said Islamabad’s decision to raise the Kashmir issue at the UN, which has not been discussed at the world body for decades, is like ‘Miyan ki daud masjid tak’. India on the other hand is focused on progressive, forward looking agenda during the […]

Odisha govt seeks cooperation of UNEP to promote organic farming

  Bhubaneswar:  With Odisha government seeking cooperation of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) for promoting organic farming and other activities, the UN body today formed a joint committee to identify specific areas of collaboration between the two. The joint committee was formed under chairmanship of Satya S Tripahy, senior advisor of the 2030-Agenda for […]

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North Korea calls for dissolution of UN Command in Seoul

Pyongyang: North Korea on Saturday called for the dissolution of the United Nations Command in Seoul. The call, made by the National Peace Committee of Korea — the country’s official institution dealing with inter-Korean issues — said that the US brought the UN Command to Seoul in July 1957 in support of South Korea, shortly […]

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India contributes $100K to UN Tax Fund

United Nations: India has contributed $100,000 to a UN fund to promote the participation of developing countries in a panel dealing with international cooperation in tax matters. Ashish Sinha, a First Secretary in India’s Mission to the UN, handed over the cheque for the UN Tax Fund to Shari Spiegel, chief of the Policy Development […]

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Remittances by Indians working overseas up by 68.6%: UN

United Nations: Indians working overseas sent home $62.74 billion last year, an increase of 68.6 per cent in the last decade, according to a UN agency. India received the most overseas remittances last year, a report by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) issued here on Tuesday said. The money sent by Indians overseas […]

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UN begins 100-day countdown to International Day of Peace

United Nations: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has started a 100-day countdown to the International Day of Peace, with a strong appeal to citizens, governments and leaders worldwide to “put peace first.” Guterres on Wednesday said the International Day, marked annually on September 21, “embodies our shared aspiration to end the needless suffering caused by armed […]

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FDIs in India flat in 2016, but prospects bright: UNCTAD

United Nations: Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) in India remained almost flat in 2016, but the nation is expected to emerge as one of the top FDI destinations, according to the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). The World Investment Report released by the UN agency in Geneva on Wednesday said that FDI rose by […]

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UN Security Council agrees to blacklist more DPRK individuals

United Nations: The UN Security Council on Friday agreed to put more individuals and entities of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) under its sanction list in response to the country’s repeated ballistic launches. In a unanimously adopted resolution, the 15-nation council decided to impose travel bans and asset freezes on 14 individuals and […]

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20 mn Africans on brink of famine: UN agencies

Rome: Twenty million people in four African countries are on the brink of famine, senior staffers at the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) said. People in northeastern Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen face an “unprecedented” humanitarian crisis due to a combination of drought and armed conflict with fundamentalist […]

Demonetisation did not impede future black money flows: UN report

New Delhi: The Indian government’s demonetisation measures did not impede future black money flows in new denominations, a UN report said on Monday. According to UN Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2017, complementary measures to demonetisation would be required to target all forms of undeclared wealth and assets. “Broader structural reforms […]

UN chief following India-Pakistan developments: Official

United Nations: Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is following the recent developments between India and Pakistan and reiterates his call for for dialogue by the nuclear-armed neighbours, Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said. He was asked at his daily briefing on Thursday about recent media stories on the risk of a nuclear war between the two countries and if […]

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UN Technology innovation lab to be set up in Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala Government and UN’s Office of Information and Communication Technology will join hands to set up the country’s first UN Technology Innovation Lab here, it was announced on Wednesday. The Kerala Startup Mission will be spearheading this initiative on behalf of Kerala government and water, sanitation, mobility and agriculture are areas the state […]

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No deals to be signed during Modi's visit to Lanka: Sirisena

Colombo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi would only attend the UN ‘Vesak Day’ celebrations and no bilateral agreements will be signed during his visit to Sri Lanka next week, Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has said. “No agreements will be signed during Prime Minister Modi’s visit. I am aware that disinformation is being spread on social media […]

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UN says not in position to comment on Jadhav's death sentence

United Nations: The UN has asked India and Pakistan to engage in a dialogue to find a peaceful solution to their problems, but refrained from commenting on the death sentence given by a Pakistani military court to Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav. “We re not in a position to judge the process or to have a […]

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Ambedkar Jayanti celebrations at UN to focus on digital empowerment

United Nations: Ambedkar Jayanti celebrations at the United Nations on Thursday will focus on the empowerment of the poor and the marginalised using information and communication technologies to achieve the UN’s sustainable development goals. The theme of the 126th Birth Anniversary of Bhimrao Ambedkar, the architect of India’s constitution, at the UN reflects his vision of […]

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70 killed in gas bomb attack in Syria, world outraged

Damascus: One of the worst chemical bombings in Syria that killed at least 20 innocent children and 50 other persons, sparked an international outrage on Wednesday and prompted the United Nations to call for a probe into the attack and to view it as a possible war crime. The UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria […]

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