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A UN report released on Thursday, March 4, 2021 estimates 17% of the food produced globally each year is wasted.(AP)

UN report says 17% of food wasted at consumer level

Posted by Kunal Gaurav | Reuters
PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 08:38 PM IST
The report, produced jointly by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and WRAP, also found that consumer waste was broadly similar in rich and poor countries.
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So far, the planet has heated up by about 1.2C, bringing worsening extreme weather and rising seas.(HT_PRINT)
So far, the planet has heated up by about 1.2C, bringing worsening extreme weather and rising seas.(HT_PRINT)

Climate pledges for 2030 put world far off 1.5 degree Celsius goal, warns UN

Posted by Kunal Gaurav | Reuters, Barcelona
PUBLISHED ON FEB 26, 2021 06:49 PM IST
A UN report summarising the revised climate action plans heating emissions said they would deliver a combined emissions reduction of only 0.5% from 2010 levels by 2030.
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The painting “Guernica”, considered one of Picasso’s masterpieces and by many art critics as perhaps the most powerful anti-war painting in history, hangs in the Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid.(AP)
The painting “Guernica”, considered one of Picasso’s masterpieces and by many art critics as perhaps the most powerful anti-war painting in history, hangs in the Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid.(AP)

Iconic tapestry of Picasso's 'Guernica' is gone from the UN

AP, United Nations
PUBLISHED ON FEB 26, 2021 12:47 PM IST
The iconic tapestry of Pablo Picasso’s “Guernica” is gone from its place of honor outside the U.N. Security Council in the United Nations headquarters complex overlooking New York’s East River.
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Autopsies of Ambassador Luca Attanasio and Carabiniere paramilitary officer Vittorio Iacovacci are scheduled for Wednesday and a state funeral for both men was set for Thursday in Rome. REUTERS (via REUTERS)
Autopsies of Ambassador Luca Attanasio and Carabiniere paramilitary officer Vittorio Iacovacci are scheduled for Wednesday and a state funeral for both men was set for Thursday in Rome. REUTERS (via REUTERS)

Italy presses UN for answers on envoy's slaying in Congo

Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri | AP, Rome
UPDATED ON FEB 24, 2021 06:18 PM IST
  • The minister said Italy also will spare no effort to determine the truth behind the killing of Ambassador Luca Attanasio and Carabiniere paramilitary officer Vittorio Iacovacci. A WFP Congolese driver, Moustapha Milambo, was also killed in the attack.
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The UN logo at the United Nations headquarters in New York. (HT archive)
The UN logo at the United Nations headquarters in New York. (HT archive)

UN to rich nations: Don't undermine Covax vaccine program

AP
PUBLISHED ON FEB 22, 2021 07:46 PM IST
European nations have given financial support to the UN-backed Covax effort to get vaccines to the world’s most vulnerable people and are considering sharing some of their own doses — though they haven't specified when.
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International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Grossi meets with head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization Ali-Akbar Salehi, in Tehran, Iran February 21, 2021. (via Reuters)
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Grossi meets with head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization Ali-Akbar Salehi, in Tehran, Iran February 21, 2021. (via Reuters)

Head of UN nuclear watchdog meets Iran nuclear chief in Tehran

AP
PUBLISHED ON FEB 21, 2021 02:25 PM IST
Iran’s parliament in December approved a bill that would suspend part of U.N. inspections of its nuclear facilities under a 2015 nuclear deal if European signatories do not provide relief from oil and banking sanctions by Feb 23.
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Airport employees load a truck with a batch of the AstraZeneca coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at its arrival at El Salvador February 17, 2021.(REUTERS)
Airport employees load a truck with a batch of the AstraZeneca coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at its arrival at El Salvador February 17, 2021.(REUTERS)

UN: 130 countries haven't received single Covid-19 vaccine dose

ANI, New York
PUBLISHED ON FEB 18, 2021 06:57 AM IST
The UN chief called for an urgent 'Global Vaccination Plan' to bring together those with the power to ensure fair vaccine distribution - to ensure all people in every nation get inoculated as soon as possible, Al Jazeera reported.
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"The world is watching," the UN's deputy rights chief Nada al-Nashif told the Human Rights Council in Geneva.(Reuters)
"The world is watching," the UN's deputy rights chief Nada al-Nashif told the Human Rights Council in Geneva.(Reuters)

'World is watching', UN rights body warns Myanmar after coup

AFP
PUBLISHED ON FEB 12, 2021 06:42 PM IST
The UN also voiced concern over sanctions being imposed following the February 1 coup, stressing they needed to be "carefully targeted" to avoid harming vulnerable people.
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Buddhist monks display pictures of deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi during a street march against the military coup in Mandalay, Myanmar on Friday, Feb. 12, 2021.(AP)
Buddhist monks display pictures of deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi during a street march against the military coup in Mandalay, Myanmar on Friday, Feb. 12, 2021.(AP)

UN says Malaysia should not deport refugees amid concern over Myanmar detainees

Reuters, Kuala Lumpur
PUBLISHED ON FEB 12, 2021 04:05 PM IST
Malaysia agreed to return them after the Myanmar military, which seized power in a Feb. 1 coup, offered to send three navy ships to pick citizens held in Malaysian immigration detention centres, officials and sources told Reuters this week.
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File photo smoke rises from a factory. (AP)
File photo smoke rises from a factory. (AP)

UN’s race to zero draws climate pledges from a fifth of FTSE 100

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON FEB 12, 2021 09:03 AM IST
They include AstraZeneca Plc, Vodafone Group Plc and Rolls Royce Holdings Plc, he said.
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FILE PHOTO: Overview of the first day of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum at an undisclosed location, Switzerland, February 1, 2021. Violaine Martin/U.N. Photo/Handout via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES/File Photo(via REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Overview of the first day of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum at an undisclosed location, Switzerland, February 1, 2021. Violaine Martin/U.N. Photo/Handout via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES/File Photo(via REUTERS)

Vote for new Libyan government heads into run-off at UN talks

Reuters, Geneva/tripoli
PUBLISHED ON FEB 05, 2021 06:17 PM IST
The selection of an interim government is part of a UN peacemaking process based around holding national presidential and parliamentary elections in December.
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Michael Bloomberg was previously the UN special envoy for climate action between March 2018 and November 2019(REUTERS)
Michael Bloomberg was previously the UN special envoy for climate action between March 2018 and November 2019(REUTERS)

UN chief names Michael Bloomberg climate envoy to rally action

Reuters, New York
PUBLISHED ON FEB 05, 2021 05:12 PM IST
The media mogul will support Guterres in "growing and strengthening" a coalition of governments, companies, cities, and businesses committing to net-zero emissions by 2050 in line with the goals of the 2015 global climate deal struck in Paris, the United Nations said.
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"There is no doubt we are all in a tough spot right now," Patricia Espinosa said.(AP)
"There is no doubt we are all in a tough spot right now," Patricia Espinosa said.(AP)

UN climate chief urges world 'in a tough spot' to keep fighting warming

Reuters, London
PUBLISHED ON FEB 03, 2021 11:59 PM IST
The new coronavirus has ignored national borders and "climate change respects them even less", Patricia Espinosa said in an online lecture for the London School of Economics (LSE).
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Antonio Guterres was responding to a question on whether Twitter made the right move in closing down the account of former US President Donald Trump.(AP file photo)
Antonio Guterres was responding to a question on whether Twitter made the right move in closing down the account of former US President Donald Trump.(AP file photo)

Worried about power of social media companies: UN chief

PTI, United Nations
PUBLISHED ON JAN 29, 2021 04:42 PM IST
  • UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, addressing a press conference on Thursday following his informal briefing to the UN member states on ‘Priorities for 2021’, said he does not think “we can live in a world where too much power is given to a reduced number of companies".
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As arrivals drop by 74%, UN World Tourism Organization tags 2020 as 'worst year'( Unsplash/Yousef Alfuhigi)
As arrivals drop by 74%, UN World Tourism Organization tags 2020 as 'worst year'( Unsplash/Yousef Alfuhigi)

As arrivals drop by 74%, UN World Tourism Organization tags 2020 as 'worst year'

ANI
UPDATED ON JAN 29, 2021 09:33 AM IST
The latest data from UN World Tourism Organization revealed that global tourism suffered its worst year on record in 2020, with international arrivals dropping by 74 per cent as destinations worldwide welcomed 1 billion fewer international arrivals due to Covid-19 travel restrictions
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On his first day in office last week, Biden rescinded the US decision to withdraw from the WHO and announced a return to the climate agreement.(Bloomberg)
On his first day in office last week, Biden rescinded the US decision to withdraw from the WHO and announced a return to the climate agreement.(Bloomberg)

Joe Biden's UN pick to warn that US absence allows China to thrive at world body

Reuters, New York
PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2021 05:00 PM IST
  • "We know China is working across the UN system to drive an authoritarian agenda that stands in opposition to the founding values of the institution - American values," veteran diplomat Linda Thomas-Greenfield will say, when she appears before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
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The resolution condemns the increasing targeting of “cultural property, including religious sites and ritual objects ... by terrorist attacks and outlawed militias,” often resulting in destruction as well as theft and illicit trafficking of stolen items.(Usplash)
The resolution condemns the increasing targeting of “cultural property, including religious sites and ritual objects ... by terrorist attacks and outlawed militias,” often resulting in destruction as well as theft and illicit trafficking of stolen items.(Usplash)

UN approves global conference on protecting religious sites

AP, United Nations
PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2021 10:30 AM IST
The U.N. General Assembly adopted a resolution condemning damage and destruction of religious sites and asking the secretary-general to convene a global conference to spearhead public support for safeguarding places of religious heritage.
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UNEP called for a drastic scale-up of public and private finance for adaptation, as well as increased investment in nature-based solutions such as protecting and sustainably restoring ecosystems.(Reuters/ File photo)
UNEP called for a drastic scale-up of public and private finance for adaptation, as well as increased investment in nature-based solutions such as protecting and sustainably restoring ecosystems.(Reuters/ File photo)

UN says nations failing to fund climate adaptation to help vulnerable countries

AFP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 17, 2021 05:13 PM IST
The deal requires signatories to implement adaptation measures through national planning, but also through funding to at-risk countries.
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United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres speaks during a press briefing at United Nations Headquarters in New York City.(AP)
United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres speaks during a press briefing at United Nations Headquarters in New York City.(AP)

UN chief Antonio Guterres declares he will seek second term

AP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 12, 2021 05:25 AM IST
The General Assembly elects the secretary-general on the recommendation of the 15-member Security Council where the five permanent members have veto power, so their support is crucial.
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The Houthi group is the de facto authority in northern Yemen and aid agencies have to work with it to deliver assistance.(Reuters file photo)
The Houthi group is the de facto authority in northern Yemen and aid agencies have to work with it to deliver assistance.(Reuters file photo)

US plans to designate Yemen's Houthi movement as foreign terror group

Reuters, Riyadh/washington
PUBLISHED ON JAN 11, 2021 11:33 AM IST
A Saudi Arabia-led military coalition intervened in Yemen in 2015, backing government forces fighting the Houthi group.
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NDRF personnel along with their sniffer dogs carry out a rescue operation.(PTI)
NDRF personnel along with their sniffer dogs carry out a rescue operation.(PTI)

India to get UN tag of international disaster response force for NDRF

PTI
UPDATED ON JAN 10, 2021 03:23 PM IST
It will be a matter of great prestige for India that its force is known as an international response force, NDRF director general S N Pradhan said.
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It takes courage to push a conversation that evokes almost zero public sympathy in an audience that is inclined to believe that consent has no place on the marital bed(Shutterstock)
It takes courage to push a conversation that evokes almost zero public sympathy in an audience that is inclined to believe that consent has no place on the marital bed(Shutterstock)

The conversation India refuses to have

By Namita Bhandare
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 08:01 PM IST
In the past few years, India has broken traditional silences on sexual abuse, on consent, and on the rights of sexual minorities. It’s time to break another traditional silence
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Earlier on Monday, the Indian national flag was installed at United National Security Council (UNSC) stakeout as India assumed the membership of the UN body for the eighth time as a non-permanent member of the powerful UN body for the 2021-22 period.(REUTERS)
Earlier on Monday, the Indian national flag was installed at United National Security Council (UNSC) stakeout as India assumed the membership of the UN body for the eighth time as a non-permanent member of the powerful UN body for the 2021-22 period.(REUTERS)

US welcomes India to UN Security Council, looks forward to working together

By Asian News International | Posted by NIlavro Ghosh | Washington, US
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 08:20 AM IST
In a tweet, the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs (SCA), wrote, “A new year brings new opportunities to strengthen relationships with old friends and partners.”
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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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Activist Greta Thunberg gestures in a photo which was posted with a message thanking her supporters for their well wishes for her 18th birthday, in this undated picture taken from social media.(@GRETATHUNBERG via REUTERS)
Activist Greta Thunberg gestures in a photo which was posted with a message thanking her supporters for their well wishes for her 18th birthday, in this undated picture taken from social media.(@GRETATHUNBERG via REUTERS)

Greta Thunberg, Swedish teenage climate activist, turns 18

By Reuters | Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 04, 2021 10:27 AM IST
Thunberg began a climate change campaign that swelled from a one-person school strike to a worldwide movement, drawing in millions of school children, as well as adults.
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In 2003, the first president of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, signed a decree temporarily suspending the death penalty.(AP representative image)
In 2003, the first president of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, signed a decree temporarily suspending the death penalty.(AP representative image)

Kazakhstan ratifies international protocol to abolish death penalty

By Asian News International | Posted by Deepali Sharma | Nur-Sultan
PUBLISHED ON JAN 02, 2021 02:34 PM IST
The Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights commits its signatories to ensuring the abolition of death penalty within their jurisdiction, with the exception of war time.
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Iran has recently been enriching uranium up to 4.5 percent.(Reuters/ File photo)
Iran has recently been enriching uranium up to 4.5 percent.(Reuters/ File photo)

Iran tells IAEA it plans to enrich uranium to up to 20% at Fordow site

By Reuters| Posted by Mallika Soni | Tehran
PUBLISHED ON JAN 02, 2021 03:04 AM IST
“Iran has informed the Agency that in order to comply with a legal act recently passed by the country’s parliament, the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran intends to produce low-enriched uranium (LEU) up to 20 percent at the Fordow Fuel Enrichment Plant,” the IAEA said in a statement.
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If current indications are anything to go by we are witnessing the revival, even intensification of the ecologically-damaging production and consumption patterns which have landed us in this predicament. Carbon emissions are rising once again as economies begin to revive. Environmental safeguards are being relaxed on the plea that industries badly hit by the pandemic cannot bear the burden of such regulation at least for some time.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
If current indications are anything to go by we are witnessing the revival, even intensification of the ecologically-damaging production and consumption patterns which have landed us in this predicament. Carbon emissions are rising once again as economies begin to revive. Environmental safeguards are being relaxed on the plea that industries badly hit by the pandemic cannot bear the burden of such regulation at least for some time.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

The climate crisis needs a vaccine too

By Shyam Saran
UPDATED ON JAN 01, 2021 06:02 AM IST
The pandemic has starkly exposed the perils of the rampant degradation of our planet’s fragile ecology
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U.N. experts predict the gender poverty gap will widen in 2021 amid the economic downturn.(Pixabay)
U.N. experts predict the gender poverty gap will widen in 2021 amid the economic downturn.(Pixabay)

From child marriage to revenge porn: 10 set-backs for women in 2020

By Reuters | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta | Reuters
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2020 08:34 AM IST
From mass job losses to soaring domestic violence, the rise of revenge porn and a widening gender poverty gap, 2020 has threatened to hobble progress on women’s equality as the Covid-19 pandemic wreaks global havoc.
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Bangladesh says it is transferring only people who are willing to go and the move will ease chronic overcrowding in camps that are home to more than 1 million Rohingyas(REUTERS)
Bangladesh says it is transferring only people who are willing to go and the move will ease chronic overcrowding in camps that are home to more than 1 million Rohingyas(REUTERS)

Bangladesh set to move second batch of Rohingya refugees to remote island

By Reuters | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri | Dhaka
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2020 02:31 PM IST
Around 1,000 Rohingya refugees, members of a Muslim minority who have fled Myanmar, will be moved to the island in the next few days after Bangladesh relocated more than 1,600 early this month, two officials with the direct knowledge of the matter said.
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