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COVID-19 Impact: World economy with exception of India, China will go into recession: UN
COVID-19 Impact: World economy with exception of India, China will go into recession: UN

United Nations: The world economy will go into recession this year with a predicted loss of trillions of dollars of global income due to the coronavirus pandemic, spelling serious trouble for developing countries with the likely exception of India and China, according to a latest UN trade report. With two-thirds of the world’s population living […]

UN Asks India To Mediate Between Israel & Palestine

New Delhi: The UN is exploring ways to engage India for mediation between Israel and Palestine to resolve the protracted conflict between the two in the Middle East. A delegation of the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People was on a two-day visit to New Delhi beginning from […]

31 Civilians Killed In Yemen Airstrike: UN

Sanaa: An airstrike in the Yemeni northeastern province of al-Jawf has killed at least 31 civilians and injured 12 others, the UN humanitarian coordinator for Yemen said in a statement on Sunday. “We share our deep condolences with the families of those killed and we pray for the speedy recovery of everyone who has been […]

India Successfully Used Digital Technologies To Reduce Disparities Among Population Groups: UN

United Nations: India successfully managed to use digital platforms to reduce disparities among population groups, a flagship UN study has said, noting that the country’s experience of complementing mobile technologies with the Aadhaar identification system to reduce inequality is likely to be replicated in other countries in future. The World Social Report 2020, published by […]

Pakistan 'Spews Venom', Takes To Hate Speech Like Fish Takes To Water: India At UN

United Nations: India has slammed Pakistan for “spewing venom and false narratives” of monumental proportions in the United Nations, saying it takes to hate speech like fish takes to water and “obfuscates” the international community from the truth as Islamabad yet again raked up the Kashmir issue at the world body. Pakistan consistently rakes up […]

UN Projects India's Growth Rate At 5.7% For 2019-20

United Nations: The UN projects India’s economy to grow by 5.7 per cent in the current fiscal year and expects it to rise to 6.6 per cent in the next. The projection in the UN’s World Economic Situation and Prospects report released on Thursday are higher than the 5 per cent made by the World […]

China Rejects Trump's Call To Break Away From Iran Deal

Beijing: China on Thursday rejected US President Donald Trump’s call to “break away” from the Iranian nuclear deal and work for a new one, saying the agreement is a “hard won outcome” adopted by the UN and “all parties” should abide by it. The nuclear deal called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was reached […]

UN Declares Malala Decade's 'Most Famous Teenager'

Islamabad: The UN has declared Pakistani education activist and Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai as “the most famous teenager in the world” in its ‘Decade in Review’ report. In part one of its review series, which takes into account events that happened between 2010 and the end of 2013, the UN highlighted the devastating Haiti earthquake […]

UN Concerned Over Violence During Protests Against CAA; Urges Respect For Freedom Of Expression

United Nations: UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has called for respect for the rights of freedom of opinion and expression as he voiced concern over the violence and alleged use of excessive force by security personnel in India during protests against the Citizenship Act. According to the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), members of Hindu, Sikh, […]

UN Appoints Special Envoy For 2021 Food Systems Summit

United Nations: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday announced the appointment of Agnes Kalibata of Rwanda as his Special Envoy for the 2021 Food Systems Summit. According to a statement, the summit aims to “generate momentum, expand the knowledge and share experience and approaches worldwide to help countries and stakeholders unleash the benefits of food […]

UN Welcomes Opening Of Kartarpur Corridor

United Nations: The UN General Assembly has welcomed the opening of the Kartarpur Corridor, calling it a manifestation of interfaith harmony. A resolution adopted by the Assembly on Thursday said that it “welcomes the initiative to open up the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor in the spirit of interfaith harmony and peaceful neighbourhood.” It “appreciates the agreement […]

CAB: UN Chief Wants Laws To Be Non-Discriminatory

United Nations: Secretary-General Antonio Guterres wants laws to be non-discriminatory, but will not comment on India’s Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB) while the legislative process is still underway, according to his spokesperson. Asked at the daily briefing on Tuesday by a reporter about the bill that was passed on Monday midnight by the Lok Sabha, Deputy […]

Over 10 mln Afghans suffer acute food insecurity: UN

United Nations: United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed has said that women’s inclusion is critical to sustainable peace and development in Afghanistan, while stressing that the UN is committed to supporting the people and government of Afghanistan in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. “Women’s inclusion is critical to sustainable peace and development in […]

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Pak Violated Vienna Convention Over Access To Jadhav: ICJ Chief To UN

United Nations: International Court of Justice President Judge Abdulqawi A. Yusuf has told the UN General Assembly that Pakistan had violated its obligations under the Vienna Convention by not allowing consular access to Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav. In his address on the occasion of the 74th session of the UNGA, Yusuf said that in its […]

IFAD Chief Visiting India To Help Poverty Eradication Drive

Rome: The UN International Fund for Agricultural Development’s President Gilbert F. Houngbo will hold talks with the Indian government in New Delhi this week to boost joint efforts to wipe out poverty in the world’s largest democracy, IFAD said in a statement on Monday. Houngbo’s talks with key government ministers will seek to strengthen joint […]

Disappointed Over NRC Being Wrongly Linked With Issue Of Minority Rights: India At UN

United Nations: India has voiced disappointment that the NRC in Assam is being “wrongly linked with the minority rights issue and asserted that one should not jump to conclusions based on “incomplete understanding” after a UN expert raised alarm over a potential “humanitarian crisis” due to the exercise. First Secretary in India’s Permanent Mission to […]

India seeks closer cooperation between UN, FATF to fight terror funding

United Nations: India has asked the world body to increase its cooperation with the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and similar organisations that fight the financing of terrorists. “The flow of resources meant to produce terror are required to be stopped by states for which collective inter-state efforts are required at regional and sub-regional levels,” […]

Chinese envoy calls for advancement of Belt and Road Initiative

United Nations: A Chinese envoy on Monday called for the joint advancement of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) for sustainable development. “We should advance together the building of the Belt and Road (Initiative) to achieve high-quality development,” said Wu Haitao, China’s deputy permanent representative to the UN. The Belt and Road Initiative focuses on […]

US Asks Pakistan To Prosecute Terrorists Like Saeed And Azhar

United Nations: The US has asked Pakistan to prosecute terrorists like Hafiz Saeed and Masood Azhar, saying the reduction of the Indo-Pak tensions would depend on Islamabad’s seriousness in taking action against those who engage in “cross-border infiltration”. Alice Wells, US Acting Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asia, during a special briefing during the […]

Pakistan Hub Of Terrorism, Spreads Deceitful Narratives On Kashmir: India At UN

United Nations: Describing Pakistan as the “hub of terrorism”, India has strongly hit back at the country for raking up the Kashmir issue at the Security Council, saying Islamabad misused the UN forum to spread “baseless and deceitful” narratives about it. Pakistan’s envoy to the UN Maleeha Lodhi raised the Kashmir issue during a General […]

UN chief appoints Indian as new head of Hodeidah mission

United Nations: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced the appointment of Abhijit Guha, a retired Indian lieutenant general as the head of the UN mission in Hodeidah, Yemen. Besides leading the UN Mission in support of the Hodeidah Agreement (UNMHA), Guha will be also assume chair of the Redeployment Coordination Committee (RCC), tasked with redeploying forces […]

Pak attacks UN, 'powerful' nations for not intervening on J&K

Geneva: A frustrated Pakistan on Tuesday attacked the UN and “powerful” countries for their refusal to intervene on the issue of Jammu and Kashmir in the context of abolition of its special status, saying they have turned “deaf and dumb”. In a 115-page ‘dossier’ submitted to the UN Human Rights Commission (UNHRC), Pakistan also said […]

UNHRC: Pak, India to make statements on J&K

Geneva: India and Pakistan are set to battle it out over Jammu and Kashmir at the UN Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) on Tuesday, with Islamabad desperately trying to internationalise the abolition of special status of the state. Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi is expected to make a statement on Jammu and Kashmir, after which […]

Say Goodbye To Single-Use Plastic: PM Modi At UN Event

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for a global boycott of single-use plastic at a United Nations event here on Monday. “I think the time has come for the world to say Good Bye to single use plastic”, said Modi as the hall resonated with claps. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was addressing the 14th […]

13 killed, 70 wounded in Yemen fighting: UN

United Nations: Preliminary reports said 13 people were killed and at least 70 others wounded in clashes in Yemen’s Aden and Abyan governorates in the past two days, a UN spokesman said. Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, said on Thursday that streets in Aden are empty and flights to and from the […]

US Congressman apologizes after outcry over Kashmir letter

New York: A US Congressman has apologized for having written a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo asking that Washington “focus” on Kashmir and criticizing India’s move to rescind its special status. Democrat Representative Tom Suozzi, who met about 100 Indian Americans on Sunday, said in a statement on Monday: “I am sorry. If […]

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UN chief invokes Shimla Agreement, calls for 'maximum restraint' on Kashmir

United Nations: UN chief Antonio Guterres on Thursday urged India and Pakistan to exercise “maximum restraint” and refrain from taking steps that could affect the status of Jammu and Kashmir, as he highlighted the Shimla Agreement which rejects any third-party mediation on the issue. The Secretary-General’s remarks came after India on Monday revoked Article 370 […]

Article 370: Afridi’s twitter cry bares Pakistan's frustration, Gambhir responds

Bhubaneswar: With the Modi government bringing in a new calculus in the Jammu and Kashmir post the abrogation of Article 370 and bifurcating the State into two units – J&K and Ladakh, the paradigm move has left the neighbour shell-shocked, especially when the country was making a lot of song and dance over US President […]

Guterres Overstepped UNSC Mandate In Report On Children In Conflict: India

United Nations: India has said that UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres overstepped the Security Council’s mandate on reporting on children in armed conflicts by including New Delhi in a selective manner that politicises the issue in his recent report. “In spite of the clear mandate by the Council, we are disappointed that the report of the […]

10 civilians killed in Syria bombings

Damascus: At least 10 people, including three children, died in bombings by the Syrian Army on Saturday after a bloody week that has seen 100 civilians killed, a UK-based war monitor has said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that Damascus planes had carried out almost 40 bombings in various parts of Idlib […]

World not doing enough about climate change: UN

New York: The world’s governments are showing a lack of ambition in pursuing the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially in terms of reducing inequality and countering climate change, the United Nations said in a report published Tuesday. The findings were presented at the opening of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, which […]

India slams UN rights report on Kashmir as 'false and motivated narrative'

New Delhi: After a UN human rights report on Jammu and Kashmir said the number of civilian casualties in the state since May 2018 could be the highest in over a decade, the Indian government on Monday trashed it as “a continuation of the earlier false and motivated narrative” on Kashmir. Responding to the Update […]

UN expresses alarm at internet blackout in Myanmar

Yangon: A UN expert on Tuesday warned of a possible cover-up of human rights violations in Myanmar following the government’s decision to cut off mobile internet services in an area where an ethnic-minority guerrilla group is active. On June 20, Myanmar’s Ministry of Transport and Communications ordered all mobile providers to temporarily suspend services to […]

UNHCR to launch first Global Refugee Forum

Geneva: The UN Refugee Agency UNHCR said on Monday that the first ever Global Refugee Forum, a ministerial-level event, will take place on December 17 and 18 in Geneva, Switzerland. The event will be co-hosted with Switzerland and co-convened by Turkey, Germany, Ethiopia, and Costa Rica and the secretary-general of the United Nations is expected […]

Yoga is force for fighting climate change, fostering global harmony: UN

United Nations: Deputy UN Secretary-General Amina Mohammed has said that yoga can help the world in these troubled times by inspiring the adoption of a sustainable lifestyle to fight climate change and by promoting tolerance and peace. Addressing the fifth International Yoga Day celebration here on Thursday, she said: “The essence of yoga is balance […]

UN launches plan of action on hate speech

United Nations: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday announced the launch of the UN Strategy and Plan of Action on Hate Speech. The strategy and plan of action is a program to coordinate efforts across the UN system to identify, prevent and confront hate speech, using all the means in its power, according to the […]

UN looks forward to working with Modi: Spokesperson

United Nations: The UN looks forward to working with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is set to begin a second term after his party’s election victory, according to Stephane Dujarric, the spokesperson for Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. “The Secretary-General and him (Modi) have an especially strong relationship when it comes to issues around climate change,” Dujarric […]

Campaign launched to check wildlife smuggling through airports

New Delhi: UN Environment India and Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) on Monday launched an awareness campaign for the protection of wildlife in the backdrop of rising illegal wildlife trade through airports, as per an official statement. The campaign “Not all animals migrate by choice”, which primarily focuses on tiger, pangolin, star tortoise and Tokay […]

N. Korea facing acute food shortage, says UN

Seoul: The UN said on Monday that North Korea was facing an acute food shortage and the country was in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. David Beasley, the head of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), appealed for donations to resolve the crisis and vowed that he would ensure that the aid reaches the people […]

Dia Mirza named SDGs Advocate by UN

Mumbai: United Nations on Friday appointed Indian actress-producer Dia Mirza as an advocate of Sustainable Development Goals alongside internationally popular individuals like actor Forest Whitaker, Queen Mathilde of Belgium, and Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg. Dia has always been vocal about her concern and duty towards the environment and has created immense awareness and inspired […]