United Nations (UN): News

09 Apr 2019


UN chief Guterres calls for immediate halt to Libya fighting

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres yesterday strongly condemned the military escalation near Tripoli, the capital city of Libya, and called for an immediate halt to the fighting in the country.

06 Apr 2019


UN expert to visit Assange, assess violation of privacy claims

An independent rights expert will visit WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadoran embassy in London to assess whether privacy violation claims involving him merit investigation, the UN rights office said Thursday.

19 Mar 2019


Cyclone Idai: Over 1,000 people feared dead in Mozambique

Mozambique's President Filipe Nyusi said over 1,000 people were feared dead in the country which was hit by the deadly Cyclone Idai four days ago. He said the cyclone submerged entire villages and left dead bodies floating in the flood waters.

02 Mar 2019

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia strips Osama bin Laden's son Hamza of citizenship

Saudi Arabia announced yesterday it has revoked the citizenship of Hamza bin Laden, the son of the late al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, who has become an increasingly prominent figure in the terror network.

23 Feb 2019

Donald Trump

Trump picks Kelly Kraft as Nikki Haley's successor at UN

US President Donald Trump has nominated his envoy to Canada, Kelly Knight Craft, as the next US Ambassador to the UN to succeed Indian-American Nikki Haley.

23 Feb 2019


Iran adhering to terms of nuclear deal: UN atomic watchdog

Iran has been adhering to a deal with world powers limiting its nuclear programme, the United Nations atomic watchdog said yesterday, as diplomatic wrangling continues over the future of the accord.

21 Feb 2019


Water flowing to Pakistan will be used for Yamuna: Gadkari

While citizens are putting pressure on Centre to act against Pakistan after Pulwama terror attack, Union Minister of Water Resources Nitin Gadkari on Thursday said river water flowing to Pakistan will be used to revive Yamuna.

20 Feb 2019


France to move UN to blacklist JeM chief Masood Azhar

In the aftermath of the horrific Pulwama attack, France, in a major move, has decided to move the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to designate Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar as a "global terrorist".

17 Feb 2019

Donald Trump

Heather Nauert withdraws her nomination for US envoy to UN

In a surprise move, US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert withdrew her nomination to replace Indian-American Nikki Haley as the top US diplomat at the United Nations, amid criticism by Democrats for her lack of diplomatic experience.

15 Feb 2019


China blocks India's bid to declare Masood as global-terrorist, again

On Friday, China refused to back India's bid in the United Nations to declare Jaish-e-Mohammed Chief Masood Azhar a global terrorist, despite the organization taking responsibility for the deadly Pulwama attack.

29 Jan 2019


How Jews found refuge in India shapes International Holocaust-Remembrance Day

Poignant tales of compassion of Jews finding refuge in India in the midst of the horror of the Holocaust were recounted as the UN commemorated the International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

27 Jan 2019

United Kingdom

UK: Dozens of girls subjected to breast ironing. But why?

An investigation by Guardian has revealed the African practice of ironing breasts has found its way in the United Kingdom and dozens of pre-teen girls have been subjected to it.

18 Jan 2019


India to host UN-conference highlighting land degradation, desertification in October

India will host the 14th session of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) this year to address the issue of land degradation and desertification.

09 Jan 2019

Sushma Swaraj

No country is immune to 'existential threat' of terrorism: Swaraj

Asserting that no country is immune to the "existential threat" of terrorism, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today at Raisina Dialogue said the need of the hour is to ensure zero tolerance towards terrorism and those using it as an "instrument of convenience".

07 Jan 2019

Saudi Arabia

Saudi teen escapes family, trapped in Bangkok airport, seeks help

An 18-year-old Saudi Arabia teen has sought help from people across the globe and human rights organizations to prevent her deportation to Kuwait, as she fears for her life.

07 Jan 2019


China unveils five year plan to align Islam with socialism

China has come up with an outline for a five year plan that aims to sinicize Muslims living in the country by 2022.

01 Jan 2019


Outcome of Bangladesh election violence should be addressed legally: UN

The United Nations called for restraint in Bangladesh yesterday following elections that turned violent, and said complaints about the outcome should be addressed through legal means.

18 Dec 2018


UN Assembly adopts refugee pact, only US, Hungary vote 'no'

The UN General Assembly yesterday adopted, by a wide majority, a Global Compact on Refugees aimed at improving efforts to manage large refugee movements but without the support of the United States and Hungary.

14 Dec 2018

Saudi Arabia

Yemen deal 'will help bring back security': Saudi-envoy to US

Saudi Arabia and its Arab coalition partners "strongly support" an agreement reached on Yemen in UN-brokered peace talks yesterday, which includes a ceasefire in the vital port of Hodeida, Riyadh's US ambassador Khalid bin Salman said.

12 Dec 2018

West Bengal

West Bengal government committed to good health of all: Mamata

The West Bengal government is committed to the welfare of its people, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee asserted today.

11 Dec 2018

Antonio Guterres

Trillions of dollars paid in bribes every year: UN Secretary-General

Trillions of dollars, equivalent to more than 5% of global GDP, are paid in bribes or stolen through corruption every year, according to the United Nations.

10 Dec 2018

Medha Patkar

Hundreds gather at Parliament street to celebrate Human Rights Day

Hundreds of people from across the country, including prominent activists like Medha Patkar and Shabnam Hashmi, gathered at Parliament Street in central Delhi to celebrate the International Human Rights Day (HRD) today.

08 Dec 2018


Dozen killed, including six hostages, in foiled Brazil bank assaults

Twelve people, including six hostages, were killed in northeast Brazil yesterday after police foiled a gang of armed robbers staging a simultaneous predawn assault on two banks in Milagres, a municipality in the state of Ceará, the officials said.

07 Dec 2018

Antonio Guterres

UN-Chief honors Hansa Mehta for Universal Declaration of Human Rights

UN chief Antonio Guterres has lauded the "essential" role played by Indian reformer Hansa Jivraj Mehta in shaping the landmark document on Universal Declaration of Human Rights and ensuring it contains a more gender-sensitive language.

07 Dec 2018


United Nations launches framework to strengthen fight against terrorism

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres launched a framework to combat the scourge of international terrorism and coordinate efforts across the peace and security, humanitarian, and sustainable development sectors.

03 Dec 2018

West Bengal

WB government scheme to benefit 2L differently abled: Mamata

A scheme launched by the West Bengal government earlier this year will benefit around two lakh differently abled people, CM Mamata Banerjee said today.

21 Nov 2018


UN environment chief, under fire for travel expenses, resigns

UN environment chief Erik Solheim resigned yesterday after an audit questioning his huge travel expenses triggered an outcry.

19 Nov 2018


Maharashtra Assembly starts winter session by paying tributes to Vajpayee

The Maharashtra Legislative Assembly today paid rich tributes to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who died on August 16 this year, with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis describing him as a multi-faceted personality who believed in uniting minds.

19 Nov 2018

West Bengal

#WorldToiletDay: Mamata asks people to eradicate the menace of open-defecation

On the occasion of World Toilet Day, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today asked people to eradicate the menace of open defecation.

16 Nov 2018


India gives a call for 'rejuvenating, revitalizing UNGA'

The United Nations (UN) member states have become "guardians of the status quo" due to their inaction and inertia in the face of stark global challenges like terrorism and climate change, said India at UN yesterday.

07 Nov 2018


#HappyDiwali: India thanks UN for releasing special Diwali stamp set

On Wednesday, India thanked the United Nations (UN) Postal Administration for special stamps it had issued earlier to commemorate Diwali.

03 Nov 2018


Killing of journalists should not be new normal: UN chief

On "The International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists", marked annually on November 2, the UN Chief, Antonio Guterres said the killing of journalists around the world for doing their job is "outrageous" and should not become the "new normal".

20 Oct 2018

Antonio Guterres

#AmritsarTrainTragedy: UN chief Guterres, Canada's Trudeau condole death of victims

United Nations chief, Antonio Guterres, has expressed his deepest condolences to the families and friends of over 60 people who died in a train accident in Amritsar, Punjab terming the incident as "tragic".

19 Oct 2018

Global Warming

#ClimateChange: The clock is ticking; can we change our ways?

About two weeks back, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a landmark report warning humanity of run-away climate change and cataclysmic consequences in the absence of 'unprecedented' changes to the world economy in the next 10 years.

16 Oct 2018


India to partner with developing countries to achieve SDGs

India will continue to partner fellow developing countries in a spirit of South-South cooperation to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, DMK MP Kanimozhi Karunanidhi said at the United Nations.

16 Oct 2018

West Bengal

WB govt extends food security to 8.5cr people: Mamata Banerjee

The West Bengal government has ensured food security to more than 8.5cr people of the state under 'Khadya Sathi' scheme, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said today.

16 Oct 2018


UN says 3 million Afghans in 'urgent' need of food

At least three million Afghans are in "urgent" need of food and could face famine if they do not get help, the United Nations warned yesterday, as the war-torn country battles the worst drought in living memory.

16 Oct 2018


India attracted $22bn of FDI in first-half of 2018: UN

India attracted $22 billion of FDI (foreign direct investment) flows in the first half of 2018, according to a UN report.

16 Oct 2018


UN Chief saddened over destruction caused by Cyclone Titli

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has expressed sadness over the loss of lives and destruction caused in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh due to landslides and flooding following Cyclone Titli.

12 Oct 2018


There should be zero tolerance for sexual harassment: UN official

There should be zero tolerance for sexual harassment against journalists and other media persons, a spokesperson for President of the UN General Assembly, Maria Fernanda Espinosa, said.