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The UN estimates that the consequences of the pandemic are going to affect the economy for years to come

World Social Justice Day 2021: Know this year's theme, significance

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Ayshee Bhaduri
PUBLISHED ON FEB 19, 2021 05:50 PM IST
  • The theme of this year’s World Social Justice Day is social justice in the digital economy.
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A woman wearing a face mask walks past in front of a TV screen showing a news program reporting about North Korea's military parade, at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. North Korea rolled out developmental ballistic missiles designed to be launched from submarines and other military hardware in a parade that punctuated leader Kim Jong Un's defiant calls to expand his nuclear weapons program. The part of letters read "North, new SLBM during a military parade." (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)(AP)
A woman wearing a face mask walks past in front of a TV screen showing a news program reporting about North Korea's military parade, at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. North Korea rolled out developmental ballistic missiles designed to be launched from submarines and other military hardware in a parade that punctuated leader Kim Jong Un's defiant calls to expand his nuclear weapons program. The part of letters read "North, new SLBM during a military parade." (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)(AP)

First-ever treaty to ban nuclear weapons enters into force

PTI, United Nations
PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 02:21 PM IST
The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons is now part of international law, culminating a decades-long campaign.
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The 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, at UN headquarters.(AP)
The 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, at UN headquarters.(AP)

Nearly 100 world leaders to speak at UN session on Covid-19

By Associated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai | United Nations
UPDATED ON DEC 03, 2020 07:20 AM IST
Assembly President Volkan Bozkir said when he took the reins of the 193-member world body in September that it would have been better to hold the high-level meeting in June. Nonetheless, he said Wednesday it “provides a historic moment for us to come together to beat Covid-19.”
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Foreign Secretary Harsh V Shringla was representing India at a high-level plenary meeting to commemorate the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons on Friday.(ANI PHOTO.)
Foreign Secretary Harsh V Shringla was representing India at a high-level plenary meeting to commemorate the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons on Friday.(ANI PHOTO.)

India has ‘no first use’ of atomic weapons policy against nuclear armed states: Shringla

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Sohini Sarkar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 04, 2020 08:10 AM IST
India’s annual resolution in the General Assembly on the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use of Nuclear Weapons, tabled since 1982, enjoys wide support and reaffirms that any use of nuclear weapons would be a violation of the UN Charter and a crime against humanity, the foreign secretary said.
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The Indian delegate present in the General Assembly, Mijito Vinito, first secretary at the Indian mission to the UN, had walked out as Khan’s video statement was being played on a large overhead screen.(AFP)
The Indian delegate present in the General Assembly, Mijito Vinito, first secretary at the Indian mission to the UN, had walked out as Khan’s video statement was being played on a large overhead screen.(AFP)

UN General Assembly: India dismisses Pakistan PM’s criticism on Kashmir issue

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Zara Khan | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 26, 2020 12:05 PM IST
Imran Khan made repeated references to India and the Kashmir issue and called on the world community to prosecute Indian personnel allegedly involved in “state terrorism” and “crimes against humanity”
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In this photo made from UNTV video, Mijito Vinito, the first secretary at India's UN mission to the United Nations, addresses the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly on September 25, 2020, at UN Headquarters.(AP)
In this photo made from UNTV video, Mijito Vinito, the first secretary at India's UN mission to the United Nations, addresses the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly on September 25, 2020, at UN Headquarters.(AP)

UNGA: India questions Pakistan PM Imran Khan’s claim to be protector of Muslims

By Yashwant Raj | Hindustan Times, Washington, DC
UPDATED ON SEP 26, 2020 11:48 AM IST
An Indian diplomat, who delivered India’s response to the Pakistan PM’s diatribe at the UN General Assembly, sought to remind PM Khan of the “genocide” perpetrated by his country on Muslims of erstwhile East Pakistan before it became Bangladesh
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In this image made from UNTV video, Imran Khan, Prime Minister of Pakistan, speaks in a pre-recorded message which was played during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, at UN headquarters.(AP)
In this image made from UNTV video, Imran Khan, Prime Minister of Pakistan, speaks in a pre-recorded message which was played during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, at UN headquarters.(AP)

Indian diplomat walks out after Imran Khan raises Kashmir issue at UN

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 26, 2020 12:00 AM IST
The delegate, a junior diplomat named Mijito Vinito from the 2010 batch of the Indian Foreign Service, picked up his papers and left the hall as Khan’s speech was played on a large overhead screen.
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The meeting of the foreign ministers is an annual event held on the margins of the UN General Assembly.(PTI)
The meeting of the foreign ministers is an annual event held on the margins of the UN General Assembly.(PTI)

Cross-border terror among key challenges for Saarc: Jaishankar

By Rezaul H Laskar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 24, 2020 04:59 PM IST
Jaishankar was addressing an informal virtual meeting of foreign ministers of the eight-member grouping, whose functioning has stalled because of differences between India and Pakistan
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S Jaishankar tweeted that the G4 ministers had “called for a decisive push for UNSC reforms during #UN75”.(PTI Photo)
S Jaishankar tweeted that the G4 ministers had “called for a decisive push for UNSC reforms during #UN75”.(PTI Photo)

G4 nations call for ‘urgent’ UN reforms

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 24, 2020 12:24 AM IST
The foreign ministers of the four countries, during a virtual meeting during the 75th session of the UN General Assembly, highlighted the urgency of reforming the world body and updating its main decision-making bodies to better reflect contemporary realities.
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In this image made from UNTV video, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of Turkey, speaks in a pre-recorded message that was played during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly on September 22 at the UN headquarters in New York.(AP)
In this image made from UNTV video, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of Turkey, speaks in a pre-recorded message that was played during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly on September 22 at the UN headquarters in New York.(AP)

India slams Turkish President Erdogan’s Kashmir remarks at UNGA

By Yashwant Raj | Hindustan Times, Washington, DC
UPDATED ON SEP 23, 2020 11:15 AM IST
T S Tirumurti, India’s permanent representative to the UN, told Turkey to “learn to respect the sovereignty of other nations” after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan raised the Kashmir issue in his address at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday
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New Delhi, May 12 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the nation, in New Delhi on Tuesday. (ANI Photo)(ANI)
New Delhi, May 12 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the nation, in New Delhi on Tuesday. (ANI Photo)(ANI)

Confidence crisis at UN, reforms needed: PM Modi

By Yashwant Raj | Hindustan Times, Washington
PUBLISHED ON SEP 23, 2020 04:17 AM IST
In a declaration adopted at the end of the day-long commemorative meeting, the General Assembly committed itself to “instil new life in the discussions on the reform” of the UN Security Council (UNSC), one the principal organs of the world body. India is seeking a permanent seat on the reformed and expanded UNSC.
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United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres speaks during the 75th annual UN General Assembly, which is being held mostly virtually due to the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, US.(via REUTERS)
United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres speaks during the 75th annual UN General Assembly, which is being held mostly virtually due to the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, US.(via REUTERS)

UN chief slams countries for making Covid-19 vaccination ‘side deals’ for their own population

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar | United Nations
PUBLISHED ON SEP 22, 2020 10:34 PM IST
Global organisation Oxfam has warned that wealthy nations representing just 13 per cent of the world’s population have already cornered more than half (51 per cent) of the promised doses of leading Covid-19 vaccine candidates.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi(ANI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi(ANI)

UN facing crisis of confidence, says Modi in pitch for reform

By Yashwant Raj | Hindustan Times, Washington
UPDATED ON SEP 22, 2020 10:44 AM IST
The prime minister was participating in a virtual high-level meeting of the UN general assembly to mark the 75th anniversary of the global body.
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In this photo provided by the United Nations, U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres speaks in the General Assembly in observance of the International Day of Peace, celebrating 75 Years of the United Nations, at UN headquarters(AP)
In this photo provided by the United Nations, U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres speaks in the General Assembly in observance of the International Day of Peace, celebrating 75 Years of the United Nations, at UN headquarters(AP)

Leaders observe 75 years of UN at virtual event

By Reuters | United Nations
UPDATED ON SEP 22, 2020 07:05 AM IST
A $10.3 billion UN appeal to fund fighting the pandemic in vulnerable and low-income countries is only a quarter funded. Guterres now has taken a lead in pushing to make sure any vaccine for the coronavirus is made available to everyone globally.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with members of SAARC countries via video conferencing, New Delhi , April 16, 2020(ANI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with members of SAARC countries via video conferencing, New Delhi , April 16, 2020(ANI)

How to make Saarc useful in the times of Covid-19 pandemic

By Sanjay Kathuria
PUBLISHED ON SEP 16, 2020 05:56 PM IST
The association’s most important role right now would be to provide a platform for dialogue
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According to the resolution, the pandemic is reversing gains that had been reached globally in the framework of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)
According to the resolution, the pandemic is reversing gains that had been reached globally in the framework of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)

UNGA adopts resolution recognising Covid-19 as one of greatest challenges in its history

By Asian News International| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi | New York
UPDATED ON SEP 12, 2020 10:13 AM IST
The resolution notes with concern the impact of the pandemic on health, the loss of life, wellbeing, humanitarian needs, human rights, livelihoods, food security, education, poverty and the global economy.
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The session will take place during the annual UN General Assembly gathering of world leaders(HT Photo)
The session will take place during the annual UN General Assembly gathering of world leaders(HT Photo)

UN summit to discuss post-pandemic global governance

By Agence France-Presse| posted by Susmita Pakrasi | United Nations
PUBLISHED ON SEP 02, 2020 05:22 AM IST
The summit will debate “post-Covid-19 global governance in relation to the maintenance of international peace and security,” Niger’s UN Ambassador Abdou Abarry told journalists while presenting the Council’s program for the month.
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Nothing could have pleased us more than conveying the result to New Delhi. The result was: India had received 106 out of 183 votes cast. China 77(AFP)
Nothing could have pleased us more than conveying the result to New Delhi. The result was: India had received 106 out of 183 votes cast. China 77(AFP)

When India defeated China at the United Nations

By Manjeev Singh Puri
UPDATED ON AUG 23, 2020 05:54 AM IST
It was in 2011-12. And it was perhaps the only time that India and China had faced off at the UN in an election and we prevailed, and that too decisively
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US President Donald Trump during a news conference at the White House in Washington, DC, US on Thursday.(Bloomberg Photo)
US President Donald Trump during a news conference at the White House in Washington, DC, US on Thursday.(Bloomberg Photo)

Donald Trump may be only world leader to attend UN General Assembly session in person

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar | New York
UPDATED ON JUL 31, 2020 10:02 AM IST
US is the host country of the United Nations and there is a possibility that Trump could travel to New York to address the General Debate of the 75th session of the Assembly on September 22.
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The meeting of world leaders usually brings thousands of government officials, diplomats and civil society representatives to New York for over a week of speeches, dinners, receptions, one-on-one meetings and hundreds of side events.(Reuters)
The meeting of world leaders usually brings thousands of government officials, diplomats and civil society representatives to New York for over a week of speeches, dinners, receptions, one-on-one meetings and hundreds of side events.(Reuters)

Covid-19: First time in 75 years, world leaders won’t gather at UN

By Press Trust of India | Posted by: Shivani Kumar | United Nations
UPDATED ON JUN 09, 2020 06:02 AM IST
Tijjani Muhammad-Bande hopes to announce in the next two weeks how the 193 heads of state and government will give their speeches on pressing local and world issues during the assembly’s so-called General Debate.
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Harsh Vardhan Shringla and Mike Pompeo discussed further strengthening of the partnership between India and the US building on the excellent progress made in 2019(India in USA/Twitter)
Harsh Vardhan Shringla and Mike Pompeo discussed further strengthening of the partnership between India and the US building on the excellent progress made in 2019(India in USA/Twitter)

India close to concluding a trade package with US: Envoy

By Press Trust of India | Washington
PUBLISHED ON JAN 04, 2020 04:05 PM IST
Shringla made the comments while addressing a group of Indian-American entrepreneurs during a farewell lunch on Friday organised for him by TiE DC, a regional chapter of the global non-profit membership and mentoring organization for entrepreneurs.
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PM Modi Narendra Modi. (Photo: narendramodi.in)
PM Modi Narendra Modi. (Photo: narendramodi.in)

India hopes for early resumption of talks between Israel, Palestine: PM Modi

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 28, 2019 08:50 PM IST
Modi, the first Indian premier to visit Israel in 2017, also reiterated India’s “strong support” for the Palestinian cause. In recent years, India has sought to balance its ties with Israel, with which it has very close defence and security relations, and Palestine.
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Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan addresses a gathering during the inauguration ceremony of Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, Pakistan on Saturday.(AP PHOTO.)
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan addresses a gathering during the inauguration ceremony of Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, Pakistan on Saturday.(AP PHOTO.)

Imran Khan pitches for peace at Kartarpur programme

By Imtiaz Ahmad | Hindustan Times, Islamabad
UPDATED ON NOV 10, 2019 01:18 AM IST
In a nuanced speech markedly different in tenor from his address at the UN General Assembly that had referred to the possibility of nuclear war over Kashmir, Khan offered the example of France and Germany living in peace after numerous wars, and said he hoped a similar peace could be achieved by India and Pakistan.
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The Turkish leader had raised the temperature on Saturday by warning that Ankara could launch a cross-border offensive “as soon as today, tomorrow”, putting pressure on the United States.(Reuters image)
The Turkish leader had raised the temperature on Saturday by warning that Ankara could launch a cross-border offensive “as soon as today, tomorrow”, putting pressure on the United States.(Reuters image)

Turkey’s Erdogan to meet Trump in US over Syria ‘safe zone’

By Agence France-Presse | Ankara
UPDATED ON OCT 07, 2019 05:04 AM IST
There had been expectations in Turkey of a Trump-Erdogan meeting on Syria last month on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, but it did not take place.
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DMK President MK Stalin said it is significant that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has accepted the historical fact that Tamil is the oldest language on earth.(PTI)
DMK President MK Stalin said it is significant that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has accepted the historical fact that Tamil is the oldest language on earth.(PTI)

DMK praises PM Narendra Modi, tells him to walk the talk on Tamil

By MC Rajan | Hindustan Times, Chennai
UPDATED ON OCT 01, 2019 07:30 PM IST
The DMK also appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to make Tamil the official administrative language of the country as well as the language of Madras High Court.
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The decision by Australia, India, Japan and the US to upgrade their “Quad” grouping to the level of foreign ministers is a “significant elevation” aimed at institutionalising the dialogue by the Indo-Pacific partners(ANI Photo)
The decision by Australia, India, Japan and the US to upgrade their “Quad” grouping to the level of foreign ministers is a “significant elevation” aimed at institutionalising the dialogue by the Indo-Pacific partners(ANI Photo)

Minister-level Quad meet an elevation of Indo-Pacific dialogue, says US

By HT Correspondent | New York, New York
PUBLISHED ON SEP 28, 2019 03:01 AM IST
The Quad, which was revived in 2017 by four of the Indo-Pacific’s largest democracies, has met four times only at the level of joint secretary.
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Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday contended there would be a “bloodbath” when India eases restrictions in Jammu & Kashmir(REUTERS)
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday contended there would be a “bloodbath” when India eases restrictions in Jammu & Kashmir(REUTERS)

Imran Khan predicts ‘bloodbath’ in Jammu and Kashmir

By HT Correspondent | New York
PUBLISHED ON SEP 28, 2019 01:24 AM IST
Khan made the remarks while addressing the UN General Assembly about an hour after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who studiously avoided any mention of the Kashmir issue or Pakistan in his speech.
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Modi’s address to the UN General Assembly, as officials had said well in advance, made no reference to the Kashmir issue or tensions with Pakistan.(AP photo)
Modi’s address to the UN General Assembly, as officials had said well in advance, made no reference to the Kashmir issue or tensions with Pakistan.(AP photo)

No mention of Pak in PM’s speech, Imran Khan’s address all about Kashmir issue

By Yashwant Raj | New York
UPDATED ON SEP 28, 2019 08:17 AM IST
In contrast to Modi’s speech, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, who spoke shortly after Modi, largely focused on the Kashmir issue and repeatedly spoke about tensions between the two countries.
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The US has called on India to take “rapid action” to lift restrictions in Jammu and Kashmir(PTI)
The US has called on India to take “rapid action” to lift restrictions in Jammu and Kashmir(PTI)

US calls for ‘rapid action’ in Kashmir

By Yashwant Raj | New York, New York
UPDATED ON SEP 28, 2019 12:34 AM IST
India moved in August to nullify Article 370 of the Constitution, which conferred special status on Jammu and Kashmir, and decided to bifurcate the state into two union territories -- J&K and Ladakh.
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New Delhi: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar shakes hands with St. Vincent and the Grenadine Prime Minister Ralph E Gonsalves, at Hyderabad House in New Delhi, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019. (PTI Photo/Subhav Shukla) (PTI9_11_2019_000037B)(PTI)
New Delhi: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar shakes hands with St. Vincent and the Grenadine Prime Minister Ralph E Gonsalves, at Hyderabad House in New Delhi, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019. (PTI Photo/Subhav Shukla) (PTI9_11_2019_000037B)(PTI)

Eliminating terror key to Saarc survival: India

By Yashwant Raj and Rezaul H Laskar | New York/New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 28, 2019 12:27 AM IST
The 19th Saarc Summit, which was to be held in Islamabad in November 2016, was put off indefinitely after India pulled out over the issue of Pakistan-backed terrorism. Several Saarc members backed India’s stance at the time.
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