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You're failing us: Teen climate-activist delivers fiery speech at UN

24 Sep 2019

You're failing us: Teen climate-activist delivers fiery speech at UN

Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg delivered an impassioned speech criticizing world leaders at the United Nations Climate Action Summit in the UN headquarters in New York on Monday.

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

02 Mar 2019

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.

Indian pilot's release by Pak 'very much welcomed' step: UN

01 Mar 2019

Indian pilot's release by Pak 'very much welcomed' step: UN

The release of an Indian pilot by Pakistan would be a "very much welcomed step", spokesperson for UN chief Antonio Guterres said yesterday, stressing that the message to India and Pakistan from the world body and the international community is to de-escalate tensions.

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

23 Feb 2019

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

09 Jan 2019

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".

Bangladesh: Hasina talks about priorities, sets economic reforms as first

01 Jan 2019

Bangladesh: Hasina talks about priorities, sets economic reforms as first

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said that she will be the "premier of all" Bangladeshis and her government's first priority would be to continue the economic reforms.

Outcome of Bangladesh election violence should be addressed legally: UN

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.

Pakistan PM raised Kashmir issue with UN chief: Spokesman

22 Dec 2018

Pakistan PM raised Kashmir issue with UN chief: Spokesman

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan telephoned UN chief Antonio Guterres and raised the issue of Kashmir, a UN spokesman has said.

UN Secretary-General welcomes resolution of political crisis in Sri Lanka

21 Dec 2018

UN Secretary-General welcomes resolution of political crisis in Sri Lanka

UN chief Antonio Guterres has welcomed the resolution of the political crisis in Sri Lanka and called on all the political actors to resolve all outstanding differences in the interest of people of the country.

Belgian PM Charles Michel announces resignation over UN migration pact

19 Dec 2018

Belgian PM Charles Michel announces resignation over UN migration pact

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel has announced his resignation, less than two weeks after his main coalition partner quit in a row over migration, leaving him leading a minority government.

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

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.

Attempts being made to dilute CBDR-principle: India at UN climate-talks

12 Dec 2018

Attempts being made to dilute CBDR-principle: India at UN climate-talks

India and other developing countries complained at the UN Climate talks in Poland that attempts were being made to do away with the Common But Differentiated Responsibilities (CBDR) principle that states that all nations are responsible for addressing the climate change.

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

11 Dec 2018

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.

Hundreds gather at Parliament street to celebrate Human Rights Day

10 Dec 2018

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.

India abstains from voting on UNGA resolution over Hamas activities

07 Dec 2018

India abstains from voting on UNGA resolution over Hamas activities

India abstained from voting on a US-sponsored UN General Assembly draft resolution that would have condemned, for the first time, the activities of Hamas and other militant groups in Gaza.

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

07 Dec 2018

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.

United Nations launches framework to strengthen fight against terrorism

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.

Yemen on brink of 'major catastrophe': UN aid chief Lowcock

02 Dec 2018

Yemen on brink of 'major catastrophe': UN aid chief Lowcock

UN aid chief Mark Lowcock warned yesterday that Yemen was "on the brink of a major catastrophe," as the world body pushes for peace talks in the impoverished and war-wracked country.

UN environment chief, under fire for travel expenses, resigns

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.

India gives a call for 'rejuvenating, revitalizing UNGA'

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.

UN expresses concern over Lankan President's decision to dissolve Parliament

11 Nov 2018

UN expresses concern over Lankan President's decision to dissolve Parliament

UN chief Antonio Guterres has expressed concern over Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena's decision to dissolve the nation's Parliament, underlining the "utmost importance" of respecting democratic processes and resolving differences in accordance with the rule of law.

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

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.

Rapid urbanization increases risks from natural, human-made disasters: Antonio Guterres

31 Oct 2018

Rapid urbanization increases risks from natural, human-made disasters: Antonio Guterres

On the occasion of 'World Cities Day', celebrated annually on October 31, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said today that about 1.4mn people move to cities every week around the world and warned such rapid urbanization can contribute to increased risks from natural and human-made disasters.

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

19 Oct 2018

#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.

India to partner with developing countries to achieve SDGs

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.

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

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.

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

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.

UN Chief saddened over destruction caused by Cyclone Titli

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.

Missing Saudi journalist Khashoggi's Apple watch recorded his death: Report

13 Oct 2018

Missing Saudi journalist Khashoggi's Apple watch recorded his death: Report

A Turkish newspaper reported on Saturday morning that missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi may have recorded his own death on his Apple Watch.

India appointed to UN Human Rights Council; gets most votes

13 Oct 2018

India appointed to UN Human Rights Council; gets most votes

On Friday, India secured its place in the UN Human Rights Council, receiving the maximum number of votes by the General Assembly among all the countries vying for the spot.

There should be zero tolerance for sexual harassment: UN official

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.

India lost $79.5bn from climate-related disasters in 20yrs: UN report

11 Oct 2018

India lost $79.5bn from climate-related disasters in 20yrs: UN report

India suffered a whopping $79.5 billion economic loss due to climate-related disasters in the last 20 years, according to a UN report.

UN Security Council needs to be reformed without delay: India

10 Oct 2018

UN Security Council needs to be reformed without delay: India

India has said that the UN Security Council needs to be reformed without delay or else it'll be left to nurse its self-inflicted wounds of "diminishing relevance" like terrorism, armed conflicts, and climate change.

Nikki Haley: Indian-American US ambassador to UN 'resigns'

09 Oct 2018

Nikki Haley: Indian-American US ambassador to UN 'resigns'

Nikki Haley, the Indian-American US Ambassador to the United Nations, resigned on Tuesday, according to multiple US media reports.

UN: 10 years left before climate change decimates planet Earth

08 Oct 2018

UN: 10 years left before climate change decimates planet Earth

A landmark climate change report released by UN on Monday has warned that the world is on the brink of disaster and could face cataclysmic consequences if steps aren't taken immediately to drastically cut carbon emissions.

India's success in 2030-SDGs can change face of world: UNGA

08 Oct 2018

India's success in 2030-SDGs can change face of world: UNGA

India's success in achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals can change the face of the world, UN General Assembly President Maria Fernanda Espinosa said, describing the country as a "very important player" of the multilateral system.

#ChampionsOfTheEarth: "Clean and green environment is NDA government's priority"

03 Oct 2018

#ChampionsOfTheEarth: "Clean and green environment is NDA government's priority"

A clean and green environment is at the root of his government's policies, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in Delhi today as he was presented the UN's 'Champions of the Earth' award by United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

PM Modi receives 'Champions of the Earth' award from UN

03 Oct 2018

PM Modi receives 'Champions of the Earth' award from UN

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was awarded the 'Champions of the Earth' award, which is UN's top environmental honor, on Wednesday.