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Time is fast running out to tackle the climate crisis, the UN warned, with the pandemic having failed to put the brakes on “relentless” climate change.(Representative image)

World running out of time to save climate: UN

AFP | , Geneva
PUBLISHED ON APR 20, 2021 08:06 AM IST
The call comes alongside a major report ahead of US President Joe Biden’s climate summit on Thursday and Friday.
The UN logo at the United Nations headquarters in New York.
The UN logo at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

UN experts slam UK report for repackaging 'racist tropes'

AP |
PUBLISHED ON APR 19, 2021 09:39 PM IST
  • The UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent said Monday that it found it “stunning” that the report “repackages racist tropes and stereotypes into fact” and urged the British government to reject its findings.
The UN Trust Fund for Counter-Terrorism was established by the Secretary-General in 2009 under DPA.(Reuters file photo)
The UN Trust Fund for Counter-Terrorism was established by the Secretary-General in 2009 under DPA.(Reuters file photo)

India so far contributed over USD 1 million to UN Counter terrorism fund

ANI | , New York
PUBLISHED ON APR 08, 2021 06:52 AM IST
Underlining that terrorism is an attack against human rights, India in March said it has been at the forefront of global counter-terrorism efforts and does not see any contradiction between countering terrorism and promotion and protection of human rights.
The United Nations headquarters building is pictured though a window with the UN logo in the foreground, in the Manhattan borough of New York.(Reuters File Photo)
The United Nations headquarters building is pictured though a window with the UN logo in the foreground, in the Manhattan borough of New York.(Reuters File Photo)

Indonesia's tourism mega-project 'tramples' on human rights: UN

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON APR 02, 2021 01:55 PM IST
  • The Mandalika, located in Lombok's West Nusa Tenggara province, includes a Grand Prix motorcycle circuit, hotels and a golf course, and is part of the "10 New Balis" strategy proposed by President Joko Widodo in 2016 to boost tourism revenues.
The UN group has joined the list of countries that have asked China to address reports of human rights abuses in Xinjiang.(Reuters)
The UN group has joined the list of countries that have asked China to address reports of human rights abuses in Xinjiang.(Reuters)

'Well known global brands' may be linked to Xinjiang rights abuses: UN panel

ANI | , New York
PUBLISHED ON MAR 30, 2021 04:29 AM IST
No specific companies were named, but the working group mentioned the sectors of agribusiness, tech, automotive, and textile and garment.
Over the last four years, at least 46,500 migrants had made the trek including 6,240 minors.(Bloomberg | Representational image)
Over the last four years, at least 46,500 migrants had made the trek including 6,240 minors.(Bloomberg | Representational image)

Increase in child migrants passing through dangerous Darien Gap: UN

AP | , Panama City
PUBLISHED ON MAR 30, 2021 03:25 AM IST
While underage migrants made up only about 2% of those using the jungle corridor in 2017, in 2020 children comprised 25% of the migrants making the hard trek on foot, UNICEF's report said.
More than a year after the novel coronavirus first surfaced in China, a number of mysteries still surround the spread of the disease that has killed nearly 2.7 million people worldwide.
More than a year after the novel coronavirus first surfaced in China, a number of mysteries still surround the spread of the disease that has killed nearly 2.7 million people worldwide.

Covid may become 'seasonal' if it persists for many years: UN

AFP | | Posted by Prashasti Singh
UPDATED ON MAR 18, 2021 06:59 AM IST
In its first report, an expert team tasked with trying to shed light on one of those mysteries by examining potential meteorological and air quality influences on the spread of Covid-19, found some indications the disease would develop into a seasonal menace.
The United Nations headquarters building is pictured though a window with the UN logo in the foreground, in the Manhattan borough of New York.(Reuters File Photo)
The United Nations headquarters building is pictured though a window with the UN logo in the foreground, in the Manhattan borough of New York.(Reuters File Photo)

UN investigators seek evidence of criminal orders by Myanmar junta

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 17, 2021 02:06 PM IST
  • More than 180 protesters have been killed in the southeast Asian nation by security forces trying to crush a wave of demonstrations since the junta seized power, says activist group the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners.
Harris said Washington was strengthening its engagement with the world organisation and the broader multilateral system, as well as rejoining the Human Rights Council.(AP)
Harris said Washington was strengthening its engagement with the world organisation and the broader multilateral system, as well as rejoining the Human Rights Council.(AP)

Exclusion of women in decision-making marker of flawed democracy: Kamala Harris

PTI | | Posted by Prashasti Singh, United Nations
PUBLISHED ON MAR 17, 2021 08:33 AM IST
Harris voiced concern over the decline of democracy and freedom across the globe in her address to the 65th Session of theUN Commission on the Status of Women.
UN chief Antonio Guterres said he had one simple message: “if you don't feed people, you feed conflict.”(Reuters)
UN chief Antonio Guterres said he had one simple message: “if you don't feed people, you feed conflict.”(Reuters)

UN appeals for USD 5.5 billion to avert famine for 34 million people

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 11, 2021 10:59 PM IST
UN chief Antonio Guterres said that more than 88 million people were suffering from “acute hunger” at the end of 2020 due to conflict and instability -- a 20 percent increase in one year -- and “projections for 2021 point to a continuation of this frightening trend.”
The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a Ugandan insurgent faction active in eastern Congo since the 1990s, has committed a spate of brutal reprisal attacks on civilians since the army began operations against it in late 2019.(Image via twitter )
The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a Ugandan insurgent faction active in eastern Congo since the 1990s, has committed a spate of brutal reprisal attacks on civilians since the army began operations against it in late 2019.(Image via twitter )

US blacklists Islamic extremist groups in Congo, Mozambique as terrorist units

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 11, 2021 11:32 AM IST
The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in Congo and its leader Seka Musa Baluku and Mozambique's Ahlu Sunnah Wa-Jama and its leader Abu Yasir Hassan were also named "specially designated global terrorists."
But they have also led to "thousands of migrants becoming stranded with little access to basic services or protection," the IOM said. It said it was working with Ethiopian authorities to restart a voluntary repatriation programme for stranded migrants.(AFP)
But they have also led to "thousands of migrants becoming stranded with little access to basic services or protection," the IOM said. It said it was working with Ethiopian authorities to restart a voluntary repatriation programme for stranded migrants.(AFP)

UN urges Houthis to give African migrants access to Yemeni capital

AFP |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 10, 2021 05:41 PM IST
The Sunday blaze at an overcrowded holding facility in Sanaa killed an unconfirmed number of migrants and injured more than 170, over half of them seriously, the International Organization for Migration said.
Msehli said many of the survivors suffered from burns from engine fuel, and hypothermia, with some taken to hospital. (Representative Image)(Reuters image)
Msehli said many of the survivors suffered from burns from engine fuel, and hypothermia, with some taken to hospital. (Representative Image)(Reuters image)

UN says 15 Europe-bound migrants have died at sea off Libya

AP |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 28, 2021 08:25 PM IST
Safa Msehli, a spokesman for the International Organization for Migration, said the dead were on a rubber boat carrying at least 110 migrants, who embarked from the Libyan coastal town of Zawiya on Friday.
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)

New climate pledges 'far short' of meeting Paris Agreement goals: UN

ANI |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2021 07:53 PM IST
The UN Chief stated that now is the time the global coalition committed to net-zero emissions by 2050 is growing, across governments, businesses, investors, cities, regions and civil society.
Kyaw Moe Tun appeared emotional as he read the statement on behalf of a group of elected politicians that he said represented the legitimate government. Delivering his final words in Burmese, the career diplomat raised the three-finger salute of pro-democracy protesters and announced "our cause will prevail".(AP)
Kyaw Moe Tun appeared emotional as he read the statement on behalf of a group of elected politicians that he said represented the legitimate government. Delivering his final words in Burmese, the career diplomat raised the three-finger salute of pro-democracy protesters and announced "our cause will prevail".(AP)

Use "any means necessary" to stop military coup: Kyaw Moe Tun to UN

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2021 02:54 PM IST
The Southeast Asian country has been in crisis since the army seized power on Feb. 1 and detained elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi and much of her party leadership
Arora Akanksha(Image via social media)
Arora Akanksha(Image via social media)

Indian American Arora Akanksha, 34, running for UN chief

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Mallika Soni
UPDATED ON FEB 27, 2021 04:56 PM IST
Born in the northern state of Haryana, Akanksha moved with her family to Saudi Arabia when she was six years old. She studied at York University in Toronto, Canada, where she received a bachelor’s degree in administrative studies.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday highlighted India's effort in assisting neighbouring countries in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. (PTI)(HT_PRINT)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday highlighted India's effort in assisting neighbouring countries in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. (PTI)(HT_PRINT)

News updates from HT: PM says India's health ecosystem being praised worldwide

By hindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 26, 2021 01:02 PM IST
  • Here are today’s top news, analysis, and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
India for decades has been subject to such proxy cross-border and relentless state-supported terrorist attacks from its neighbourhood.(PTI)
India for decades has been subject to such proxy cross-border and relentless state-supported terrorist attacks from its neighbourhood.(PTI)

Would be compelled to take pre-emptive strike against imminent attack: India

PTI | , United Nations
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 03:24 PM IST
Naidu told the meeting that exercising self-defence is a primary right of States to be exercised when the situation is imminent.
Cyprus has been divided since Turkish forces captured its northern third in 1974, following an attempted coup in which a military junta in Athens sought to unite the island with Greece. To this day, the self-declared Turkish Cypriot state is recognized only by Turkey, while the Republic of Cyprus in the south of the island is internationally recognized and joined the European Union in 2004.(REUTERS)
Cyprus has been divided since Turkish forces captured its northern third in 1974, following an attempted coup in which a military junta in Athens sought to unite the island with Greece. To this day, the self-declared Turkish Cypriot state is recognized only by Turkey, while the Republic of Cyprus in the south of the island is internationally recognized and joined the European Union in 2004.(REUTERS)

UN plans Cyprus meeting in April as gap widens between sides

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 02:48 PM IST
Turkey and the breakaway Turkish Cypriot state in the north of the island say that a two-state solution to the Cyprus conflict is the only option that merits a discussion.
The World Food Program said that 15% of those surveyed by the organization in January 2021 said that they were making concrete plans to migrate - nearly double the percentage in 2018.(AFP)
The World Food Program said that 15% of those surveyed by the organization in January 2021 said that they were making concrete plans to migrate - nearly double the percentage in 2018.(AFP)

Hunger in Central America skyrockets, UN agency says

Reuters | , Mexico City
PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 08:17 AM IST
New data released by the UN's World Food Program showed nearly 8 million people across the four countries are experiencing hunger this year, up from 2.2 million in 2018.
World Social Justice Day is observed globally on February 20 to remind people to keep fighting against discrimination in all forms.(Twitter: @UN)
World Social Justice Day is observed globally on February 20 to remind people to keep fighting against discrimination in all forms.(Twitter: @UN)

World Social Justice Day: Covid-19 has worsened existing inequalities, says UN

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Anjali, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 20, 2021 10:29 AM IST
As the world progresses online, a Covid-19 friendly theme has been set up for this year namely “A Call for Social Justice in the Digital Economy”.
The UN estimates that the consequences of the pandemic are going to affect the economy for years to come
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.
Sinha succeeds Judith Karl, who retired in February after concluding her 30-year career in the United Nations.(Preeti Sinha/Twitter)
Sinha succeeds Judith Karl, who retired in February after concluding her 30-year career in the United Nations.(Preeti Sinha/Twitter)

Indian-origin Preeti Sinha to lead UN Capital Development Fund

PTI | , United Nations
UPDATED ON FEB 16, 2021 11:33 AM IST
Sinha commenced her tenure as UNCDF Executive Secretary, the highest leadership rank in the institution.
No woman has held the position of the world’s top diplomat in the 75-year history of the United Nations.(United Nations website)
No woman has held the position of the world’s top diplomat in the 75-year history of the United Nations.(United Nations website)

Indian-origin Arora Akanksha declares candidacy for UN Secretary-General post

PTI |
UPDATED ON FEB 13, 2021 12:21 PM IST
Arora Akanksha, 34, working as an audit coordinator for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), said she will run for the post of the world’s top diplomat and launched her campaign #AroraForSG this month.
Pyongyang: In this photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends at a meeting of Central Committee of Worker���s Party of Korea in Pyongyang, North Korean, Monday, Feb. 8, 2021. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. AP/PTI(AP02_09_2021_000004B)(AP)
Pyongyang: In this photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends at a meeting of Central Committee of Worker���s Party of Korea in Pyongyang, North Korean, Monday, Feb. 8, 2021. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. AP/PTI(AP02_09_2021_000004B)(AP)

UN experts say North Korea still modernizing nuclear arsenal

AP |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 09, 2021 11:53 AM IST
The Security Council has imposed increasingly tough sanctions on North Korea since its first test explosion of a nuclear device in 2006.
The government has compared the violence on Republic Day to the violence and chaos seen during the siege of the US Capitol on January 6.(AP)
The government has compared the violence on Republic Day to the violence and chaos seen during the siege of the US Capitol on January 6.(AP)

UN human rights agency calls for 'maximum restraint' by farmers and authorities

By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 06, 2021 07:37 AM IST
  • Earlier, the US called for dialogue to address the farmers’ protest and backed peaceful demonstrations and freedom of expression. Washington also offered support for reforms that improve and open up India’s markets to attract private investments.
The hands of a bonded child labourer are seen as he sits in a police van after being rescued during a raid by workers.(File Photo / AP)
The hands of a bonded child labourer are seen as he sits in a police van after being rescued during a raid by workers.(File Photo / AP)

UN goal to end child labour by 2025 deemed impractical, out of touch

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON JAN 28, 2021 06:45 PM IST
According to the academics, the objective was unrealistic even before the pandemic disrupted schooling and increased hardship for millions of children around the world.
The United Nations agency noted that most people who lost work stopped looking for a job altogether, likely because of restrictions on businesses that hire in big numbers like restaurants, bars, stores, hotels and other services that depend on face-to-face interactions. (Representative Image)(AFP)
The United Nations agency noted that most people who lost work stopped looking for a job altogether, likely because of restrictions on businesses that hire in big numbers like restaurants, bars, stores, hotels and other services that depend on face-to-face interactions. (Representative Image)(AFP)

Job losses from virus four times as bad as 2009 financial crisis: UN report

AP |
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 05:37 PM IST
The International Labor Organization estimated that the restrictions on businesses and public life destroyed 8.8% of all work hours around the world last year.
MINUSMA peacekeepers on patrol in northern Mali.(Image via Twitter)
MINUSMA peacekeepers on patrol in northern Mali.(Image via Twitter)

India condemns attack on UN peacekeepers in Mali

ANI |
PUBLISHED ON JAN 17, 2021 09:38 AM IST
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres too condemned the attack against the convoy of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) on Friday near Tessalit in the Kidal region.
UN acting envoy for Libya Stephanie Williams attends the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum in Tunis, Tunisia.(Reuters/ File photo)
UN acting envoy for Libya Stephanie Williams attends the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum in Tunis, Tunisia.(Reuters/ File photo)

UN says breakthrough achieved in Libya transition talks

AP |
PUBLISHED ON JAN 17, 2021 06:21 AM IST
UN acting envoy for Libya Stephanie Williams told a news conference in Geneva that the advisory committee’s members “have met their responsibility with a constructive spirit, cooperative efforts, and a great deal of patriotism.”
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