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Foreign Secretary Harsh Shringla underlined the need to ensure the UN’s peacekeeping operations and special political missions are sufficiently mandated and resourced to implement a comprehensive understanding of peace and security.(ANI)

India says UN peacekeeping ops should be backed with proper mandate and resources

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2021 10:18 PM IST
During an intervention in a debate in the UN Security Council Foreign Secretary Harsh Shringla said peacekeeping missions should have a clear and well thought out exit strategy.
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India’s term got underway on Monday with a flag installation ceremony, accompanied by the four other countries joining as non-permanent members of the UN Security Council.(AFP/United Nations/Eskinder Debebe)
India’s term got underway on Monday with a flag installation ceremony, accompanied by the four other countries joining as non-permanent members of the UN Security Council.(AFP/United Nations/Eskinder Debebe)

India starts UN Security Council term vowing to speak against terror

By Yashwant Raj , edited by Vinod Janardhanan | Hindustan Times, Washington
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2021 11:36 PM IST
“India will be a voice for the developing world,” said TS Tirumurti, the Indian permanent representative to the UN.
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China's President Xi Jinping.(REUTERS)
China's President Xi Jinping.(REUTERS)

‘Good riddance,’ China says as Germany leaves UN Security Council

By Reuters | Posted by Shivani Kumar | New York
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2020 07:47 AM IST
Germany finishes a two-year term on the 15-member council at the end of this month and Ambassador Christoph Heusgen plans to retire after more than 40 years as a diplomat.
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Since the fighting began, more than 40,000 people have fled to eastern Sudan and rockets have fallen on the Eritrean capital Asmara and Ethiopian cities outside Tigray(AP)
Since the fighting began, more than 40,000 people have fled to eastern Sudan and rockets have fallen on the Eritrean capital Asmara and Ethiopian cities outside Tigray(AP)

Ethiopia PM orders final offensive against dissident Tigray leaders

By Associated Press | Addis Ababa
UPDATED ON NOV 27, 2020 01:28 AM IST
Ethiopia’s army -- which in recent days said it was advancing on Mekele with tanks -- had been directed “to conclude the third and final phase” against the TPLF
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A file photo of the UN Security Council’s premises at the United Nations headquarters.(AP)
A file photo of the UN Security Council’s premises at the United Nations headquarters.(AP)

India tells UNSC it’s time to speak unequivocally against terrorism

By Yashwant Raj | Hindustan Times, Washington, DC
PUBLISHED ON NOV 20, 2020 11:09 PM IST
“It is time that the Security Council speaks unequivocally against violence and terrorist forces, and acts against terrorist sanctuaries and safe havens,” T S Tirumurti, the Indian permanent representative, said during an “Aria formula meeting” on Afghanistan
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The United Nations logo is seen on a window in an empty hallway at United Nations headquarters in New York, US.(REUTERS/ File)
The United Nations logo is seen on a window in an empty hallway at United Nations headquarters in New York, US.(REUTERS/ File)

‘Impaired organ’: India slams UNSC on slow pace of reforms

By Yashwant Raj | Hindustan Times, Washington, DC
UPDATED ON NOV 18, 2020 03:01 AM IST
Participation in a UN General Assembly debate, TS Tirumurti, India’s permanent representative to the UN, also sought to dismiss Pakistan’s India obsession as “Pavlovian”
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Yemen, South Sudan, northeastern Nigeria and Burkina Faso are some areas that “have reached a critical hunger situation following years of conflict or other shocks(PTI)
Yemen, South Sudan, northeastern Nigeria and Burkina Faso are some areas that “have reached a critical hunger situation following years of conflict or other shocks(PTI)

Nobel UN food agency warns 2021 will be worse than 2020

By Associated Press | Posted by Shivani Kumar
UPDATED ON NOV 15, 2020 12:50 PM IST
Beasley recalled his warning to the UN Security Council in April that as the world was dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, it was also “on the brink of a hunger pandemic” that could lead to “multiple famines of biblical proportions” within a few months if immediate action wasn’t taken.
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The United Nations logo is seen on a window in an empty hallway at United Nations headquarters during the 75th annual U.N. General Assembly high-level debate in September 2020.(REUTERS)
The United Nations logo is seen on a window in an empty hallway at United Nations headquarters during the 75th annual U.N. General Assembly high-level debate in September 2020.(REUTERS)

India’s candidate elected to key UN committee in closely contested race

By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 07, 2020 01:50 PM IST
Vidisha Maitra, a career diplomat currently posted as first secretary in the permanent mission of India to the UN in New York, was elected to the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ) by 126 votes to 64 votes.
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Imran Khan made the announcement while addressing a gathering in Gilgit to mark the so-called “independence day” of Gilgit-Baltistan. (Videograb)
Imran Khan made the announcement while addressing a gathering in Gilgit to mark the so-called “independence day” of Gilgit-Baltistan. (Videograb)

Pak PM Imran Khan gives provisional provincial status to Gilgit-Baltistan

By HT Correspondent | Hindustna Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 01, 2020 04:17 PM IST
Imran Khan did not say when Gilgit-Baltistan would become Pakistan’s fifth province. Khan also said his government had a development package in mind for the region but that he couldn’t announce details because of the elections to be held on November 15.
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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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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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The United Nations logo(Reuters)
The United Nations logo(Reuters)

India at UN cautions against linking environmental degradation to peace and security

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Prashasti Singh | United Nations
UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2020 06:15 AM IST
India said that in many cases, perpetrators of environmental degradation may well be “outside national boundaries” while the people suffering are inside.
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India beat China to win a four-year term on the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women, a prestigious wing of the United Nations’ Economic and Social Council.(AFP)
India beat China to win a four-year term on the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women, a prestigious wing of the United Nations’ Economic and Social Council.(AFP)

India wins three elections to key UN bodies

By Yashwant Raj | Hindustan Times, Washington
UPDATED ON SEP 15, 2020 09:52 PM IST
India beat China to win a four-year term on the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women, a prestigious wing of the world body’s Economic and Social Council, and won seats in two other ECOSOC bodies.
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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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Underworld don Dawood Ibrahim. (HT File Photo)
Underworld don Dawood Ibrahim. (HT File Photo)

Pakistan mentions Dawood Ibrahim’s Karachi addresses in sanctions document

By Imtiaz Ahmad and Rezaul H Laskar | Hindustan Times, Islamabad/New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 22, 2020 09:03 PM IST
Pakistan’s actions are clearly guided by the impending review of Islamabad’s anti-terror financing regime by the FATF later this year.
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Nepalese Prime Minister had also greeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Twitter.(ANI)
Nepalese Prime Minister had also greeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Twitter.(ANI)

Nepalese PM KP Sharma Oli calls Narendra Modi to greet him on I-day

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Sabir Hussain | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 15, 2020 07:57 PM IST
Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli’s phone call came amid Indo-Nepal ties hitting a rough patch after the Himalayan country recently unveiled a new map showing parts of Uttarakhand as its territory.
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Jaishankar expressed India’s appreciation for the “humanistic spirit of the government and the people of Bangladesh in hosting displaced people from the Rakhine state of Myanmar”.(AP)
Jaishankar expressed India’s appreciation for the “humanistic spirit of the government and the people of Bangladesh in hosting displaced people from the Rakhine state of Myanmar”.(AP)

India backs Bangladesh efforts to repatriate Rohingya home

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 09, 2020 12:50 AM IST
India’s position was conveyed in a letter written by external affairs minister S Jaishankar to his Bangladesh counterpart AK Abdul Momen on July 2.
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Members of the United Nations Security Council during a meeting at the UN headquarters in New York.(Reuters File Photo)
Members of the United Nations Security Council during a meeting at the UN headquarters in New York.(Reuters File Photo)

How UN Security Council condemned Karachi attack, and Pakistan

By Yashwant Raj | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi | Hindustan Times, Washington
UPDATED ON JUL 02, 2020 11:26 AM IST
The UNSC statement condemned the Karachi attack. But it was perfunctory, styled to fit a template.
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A revised draft resolution by France and China was submitted for a vote on Tuesday and the result is expected to be announced on Wednesday.(Reuters)
A revised draft resolution by France and China was submitted for a vote on Tuesday and the result is expected to be announced on Wednesday.(Reuters)

Security Council trying again for first Covid-19 resolution

By Associated Press | Posted by Shivani Kumar | United Nations
UPDATED ON JUL 01, 2020 07:11 AM IST
The draft resolution backs Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ March 23 call for global cease-fires to tackle the pandemic, and demands an “immediate cessation of hostilities” in all conflicts on its agenda including Syria, Yemen, Libya, South Sudan and Congo.
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Vikas Swarup, Secretary (West) in the Ministry of External Affairs said enhancing counter-terrorism cooperation will be one of India’s main priorities as a non-permanent member at the UNSC .(ANI)
Vikas Swarup, Secretary (West) in the Ministry of External Affairs said enhancing counter-terrorism cooperation will be one of India’s main priorities as a non-permanent member at the UNSC .(ANI)

India says priority at UNSC will be to enhance counter-terrorism cooperation

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 18, 2020 05:59 PM IST
As a non-permanent member of the UNSC, India will also work to improve and depoliticise the system of sanctioning terrorists.
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Mexico and India were elected unopposed to the United Nations Security Council.(REUTERS)
Mexico and India were elected unopposed to the United Nations Security Council.(REUTERS)

Mexico, India, Ireland, Norway elected to UN Security Council, one seat still open

By Reuters | Posted by Prashasti Singh | United Nations
UPDATED ON JUN 18, 2020 07:43 AM IST
Kenya and Djibouti were competing for the final seat, but there was no clear winner.
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Candidate countries such as India need two-thirds of the votes cast to win; no-shows will not count as yes, no or abstention, said officials familiar with the rules. (Reuters file photo)
Candidate countries such as India need two-thirds of the votes cast to win; no-shows will not count as yes, no or abstention, said officials familiar with the rules. (Reuters file photo)

India primed to win unopposed UNSC’s non-permanent member seat today

By Yashwant Raj | Edited by Ashutosh Tripathi | Hindustan Times, Washington
UPDATED ON JUN 17, 2020 09:35 PM IST
India is the endorsed candidate of the Asia-Pacific Group of UN member countries and faces no competition. Its election to one of the five open seats on the 15-member council is a given.
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S Jaishankar outlined India’s priorities for its campaign to secure the non-permanent seat in the Security Council during the election scheduled for June 17.(ANI)
S Jaishankar outlined India’s priorities for its campaign to secure the non-permanent seat in the Security Council during the election scheduled for June 17.(ANI)

Counterterror in focus as India prepares to occupy UNSC seat

By Rezaul H Laskar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 06, 2020 12:45 AM IST
External affairs ministry S Jaishankar outlined India’s priorities for its campaign to secure the non-permanent seat in the Security Council during the election scheduled for June 17.
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Pakistan houses “one of the largest numbers of UN-designated terrorists and terrorist entities”, and its “fallacious attempts to point fingers at others cannot deflect attention from the facts on the ground”, the person said.(REUTERS)
Pakistan houses “one of the largest numbers of UN-designated terrorists and terrorist entities”, and its “fallacious attempts to point fingers at others cannot deflect attention from the facts on the ground”, the person said.(REUTERS)

UN terror report reiterated Imran’s ‘confession’: Govt

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 06, 2020 12:53 AM IST
At the US Institute of Peace in Washington last July, Khan had said Pakistan still has “about 30,000 to 40,000 armed people who have been trained and fought in some part of Afghanistan or Kashmir”.
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There have been reports since last year of JeM and LeT, both blamed for high-profile attacks in India, sending in hundreds of fighters to Afghanistan following increased pressure from the world community on Pakistan to crack down on terror groups.(Reuters)
There have been reports since last year of JeM and LeT, both blamed for high-profile attacks in India, sending in hundreds of fighters to Afghanistan following increased pressure from the world community on Pakistan to crack down on terror groups.(Reuters)

6,500 Pak nationals among fighters in Afghanistan: UN

By Rezaul H Laskar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 03, 2020 01:04 AM IST
The report, from the UN Security Council’s analytical support and sanctions monitoring team and issued late last month, indicated the Pakistani terrorists formed a significant part of the foreign fighters that pose a serious threat to Afghanistan’s security because of their activities and permanent presence in the country.
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The head of the UN food agency has warned that, as the world is dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, it is also “on the brink of a hunger pandemic” that could lead to “multiple famines of biblical proportions” within a few months if immediate action isn’t taken.(Reuters image)
The head of the UN food agency has warned that, as the world is dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, it is also “on the brink of a hunger pandemic” that could lead to “multiple famines of biblical proportions” within a few months if immediate action isn’t taken.(Reuters image)

World could face many famines of biblical proportions: UN

By Associated Press | United Nations
UPDATED ON APR 23, 2020 05:53 AM IST
World Food Programme executive director David Beasley told the UN Security Council on Tuesday that even before Covid-19 became an issue, he was telling world leaders that “2020 would be facing the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II”.
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Afghan police after gunmen stormed a religious gathering of Afghanistan’s minority Sikhs in their place of worship in the heart of the Afghan capital’s old city on Wednesday.(AP)
Afghan police after gunmen stormed a religious gathering of Afghanistan’s minority Sikhs in their place of worship in the heart of the Afghan capital’s old city on Wednesday.(AP)

‘Heinous and cowardly’: UN Security Council condemns attack on Sikh worship place in Kabul

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 27, 2020 10:55 AM IST
“The members of the Security Council reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security,” the statement read.
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The now-nixed proposal to discuss Covid-19 in the UN Security Council had been moved by Estonia(UN Photo/Manuel Elias)
The now-nixed proposal to discuss Covid-19 in the UN Security Council had been moved by Estonia(UN Photo/Manuel Elias)

UNSC won’t discuss Covid-19; China blocks it with help from Russia, South Africa

By Shishir Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 27, 2020 12:55 PM IST
China, which holds the presidency of the UN Security Council till this month-end, cited lack of consensus to stop a proposal to discuss Covid-19 from being discussed.
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The United Nations has halted tours and much of the staff have been asked to work remotely, said its spokesman Stephane Dujarric.(Reuters file photo)
The United Nations has halted tours and much of the staff have been asked to work remotely, said its spokesman Stephane Dujarric.(Reuters file photo)

UN Security Council cuts March schedule over coronavirus

By Agence France-Presse | United Nations
UPDATED ON MAR 12, 2020 01:13 PM IST
China has advised a “scaling down of the meetings” including reducing delegation sizes, said its ambassador Zhang Jun.
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All 15 members of the UNSC on Tuesday supported the resolution, tabled by the United States, which endorses the joint US-Afghan declaration on peace and the agreement signed between Washington and the Taliban.(REUTERS)
All 15 members of the UNSC on Tuesday supported the resolution, tabled by the United States, which endorses the joint US-Afghan declaration on peace and the agreement signed between Washington and the Taliban.(REUTERS)

UN Security Council endorses US-Taliban peace deal

By Press Trust of India | United Nations
PUBLISHED ON MAR 11, 2020 11:05 AM IST
The agreement with the Taliban calls for the fundamentalists to sever ties with international terrorist groups and to prevent them from using Afghanistan to carry out attacks against the US.
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