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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 […]

'UN terrorism sanctions panel preserved its credibility'

United Nations: The Security Council’s terrorism sanctions committee has preserved its credibility by finally declaring Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar an international terrorist, according to Dian Triansyah Djani, the Indonesian diplomat who chairs the panel. “I think it is really time for us to work together, all countries regardless of whether it is in the […]

Jaish chief Masood Azhar now global terrorist; India, France welcome it

Beijing: In a huge diplomatic victory for India, the UN Security Council on Wednesday declared Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, a move that was being blocked by China for nearly 10 years. The decision of the UNSC’s 1267 Sanctions Committee came about two and a half months after the JeM […]

45 children killed in Sri Lanka bombings: UN

Geneva: At least 45 children were among 321 people killed in Sri Lanka’s Easter Sunday suicide bombings, the United Nations said on Tuesday. “The total now is 45 children who died,” Unicef spokesman Christophe Boulierac told reporters in Geneva, stressing that others children “are wounded and are now fighting for their lives”, meaning the toll […]

India raises blacklisting of Masood Azhar with China

New Delhi/Beijing: India has shared with China “all evidences” of the terrorist activities of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) and its chief Masood Azhar, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in New Delhi on Monday as Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale held talks with the Chinese leadership in Beijing. Gokhale is on a two-day visit to Beijing […]

UN owes India $38mn for peacekeeping operations: Guterres

United Nations: The UN owes India $30 million for its contributions to the peacekeeping operations, according to Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. Peacekeeping operations “face frequent cash constraints that force the organisation to postpone the settlement of its obligations to troop- and police-contributing countries”, he said in a report released on Monday to the General Assembly on UN’s […]

UN ignores Imran Khan's claim on Kashmir annexation

United Nations: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s assertion that India was going to “annex” Kashmir has failed to evoke any reaction from the UN’s leadership. Asked during a briefing on Tuesday by a Pakistani journalist for reactions on Khan’s statement, Secretary General Antonio Guterres’s spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said: “I have not seen those comments and […]

Median age of founders of Indaian start-ups only 31

United Nations: Youth are leading India’s start-up ecosystem where the median age of founder-entrepreneurs is only 31 years, according to India’s youth delegate at the UN. Seema Punjani told the eighth Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum here on Tuesday that in India, one of the youngest nations in the world with a median […]

Libya crisis: UN issues war crimes warning

Geneva: The UN Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Tuesday warned that attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure in Libya could amount to war crimes. In a statement issued in here, Bachelet said all parties to the conflict must make every effort to protect civilians. She urged protagonists to the conflict in Libya to […]

UN Security Council adopts resolution to counter terror funding

United Nations: The UN Security Council has adopted a resolution that calls upon countries to prevent and counter the financing of terrorism, especially in its new forms. Initiated by France, Resolution 2462 is intended to update existing resolutions and adapt them to new forms of financing of terrorism and new challenges in this field, Xinhua news […]

US initiates new move at UN to impose sanctions on Azhar

United Nations: After several attempts to impose sanctions on Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar were blocked by China, the US has initiated a new effort for UN action against the terrorist leader that would force Beijing to take a public stand in the Security Council. The US is circulating a draft resolution with the backing of […]

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 […]