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21-Sep-2018 United Nations

UN chief sees multilateral diplomacy under threat

Leading with a plea for implementation of the recent bilateral breakthrough to spare Idlib in Syria, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said his "overriding concern" is for international, multilateral diplomacy."I call on all the parties to implement...

11-Sep-2018 United Nations

UN chief Antonio Guterres calls for efforts to stem corruption

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday called for more efforts from member states to fight corruption.People across the world continue to express outrage at the corruption of their leaders, and at how deeply corruption is embedded in societies....

09-Sep-2018 United Nations

UN chief welcomes Horn of Africa rapprochement

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Saturday welcomed the visit by foreign ministers of Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia to Djibouti, hailing it as "another important step" in the rapprochement among the countries in the Horn of Africa region.In a statement...

18-Aug-2018 United Nations

Kofi Annan, global statesman, architect of UN development goals

Kofi Annan, the gentle global statesman who died on Saturday, led the world body for two terms during which brought focus to development as the foundation of peace and security.During his tenure from January 1997 to December 2006 as Secretary General, he...

07-Aug-2018 United Nations

UN chief condoles deaths in Indonesia quake

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has expressed condolence over the devastating loss of life, injuries and damage caused by the earthquake in Indonesia's Lombok island.In a statement on Monday through UN deputy spokesperson Farhan Haq, Guterres...

31-Jul-2018 United Nations

UN chief Antonio Guterres calls for efforts to end human trafficking

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday called for global efforts to end the scourge of human trafficking.In a message on World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, which falls on July 30, Guterres said that human trafficking knows no borders."Human...

26-Jul-2018 United Nations

UN chief condemns suicide attack in Pakistan

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has condemned Wednesday's suicide attack outside a polling station in Pakistan's Quetta that killed 31 people, said his spokesman.Guterres extended his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and to the...

19-May-2018 United Nations

Guterres working hard to make UN great again : Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump has said UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres was working hard to "Make the United Nations Great Again and lauded his UN envoy Nikki Haley for doing a fantastic job at the world body.Guterres met Trump in the White House on Friday...

05-Apr-2018 United Nations

Protectionism is not answer to today's problems : Antonio Guterres

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said "the answer to today's problems is not protectionism, is not isolationism"."I am a strong believer in multilateralism to address global problems. There is no way global problems can be addressed on...

05-Apr-2018 United Nations

Antonio Guterres reiterates concern over Kashmir situation

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has reiterated his concern over the situation in Kashmir and his call for protecting civilians."The Secretary General has expressed and will continue to express his concern at the situation," his Spokesperson Stephane...

27-Mar-2018 United Nations

UN chief shocked by Myanmar general's Rohingya remarks

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was shocked by the remarks made by Myanmar Army chief regarding the Rohingya Muslim minority."The Secretary-General is shocked at reports of remarks attributed to Myanmar Senior General U Min Aung Hlaing," Guterres'...

12-Mar-2018 United Nations

Change unequal power dynamics against women : Antonio Guterres

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres said on Monday that it is important to change the unequal power dynamics that underpin discrimination and violence against women."Progress for women and girls means changing the unequal power dynamics that underpin...

11-Mar-2018 Indian Wells (US)

Serena Williams continues to win in BNP Paribas Open

The comeback of Serena Williams, 36, continued with a victory over world No. 29 Kiki Bertens at the BNP Paribas Open here.Fourteen months after her last tournament, the 23-time Grand Slam champion has won her second match of the WTA Premier Mandatory event...

06-Feb-2018 United Nations

India hits out at secretive operations of UNSC, demands reforms

India has hit out at the secretive functioning of Security Council sanctions committees, which operate in a "subterranean universe" with no accountability, and called for reforms to make their decision-making transparent.The "decisions of the Sanctions Committees...

06-Feb-2018 United Nations

World fails to stop war on children : Unicef

The United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) has said violence had a devastating toll on children, who were being killed in ongoing conflicts or suicide attacks, or freezing to death as they fled active war zones.Describing January as "a dark month" in crisis-torn...

02-Feb-2018 United Nations

Sex assault on infant, girl in India, Pakistan 'heart-breaking': UN

Sex assaults on an infant in India and on a girl in Pakistan are "heart-breaking" but the "scourge" of violence against girls affects all countries, Stephane Dujarric, the spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said.Asked by a reporter,...

02-Feb-2018 United Nations

UNSC reform text should represent universal views : India

India has said that the various options and differing views of nations on Security Council reform should be presented in a negotiating text and no one should insist that their submissions must take precedence over others."The first principle of multilateralism...

29-Jan-2018 United Nations

No talks with Afghan Taliban, will 'finish' it : Donald Trump

Asserting the United States determination to finish off the Afghan Taliban, President Donald Trump has ruled out for now talks with the organisation that has unleashed a wave of carnage on Afghanistan in recent days."Innocent people are being killed left and right"...

22-Jan-2018 United Nations

India will regain rank as fastest growing economy in 2018-19: IMF

The International Monetary Fund on Monday reaffirmed that India's economy is projected to grow by 7.4 percent in the next fiscal year, regaining the rank of the world's fastest growing large economy.The Fund's World Economic Outlook Update released in Davos...

17-Jan-2018 United Nations

Iran nuclear deal must be safeguarded : Antonio Guterres

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has stressed the importance of an international deal on Iran's nuclear issue on the second anniversary of the implementation of the agreement."The secretary-general remains convinced that the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive...

11-Jan-2018 United Nations

Migration is positive global phenomenon : Antonio Guterres

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday asked governments to treat migration as a positive global phenomenon and refrain from setting up barriers to legal international migration."Let me emphasize: migration is a positive global phenomenon. It...

22-Dec-2017 United Nations

UNSC adopts resolution to tighten sanctions against N. Korea

The UN Security Council on Friday adopted a new resolution to tighten sanctions against the North Korea in response to Pyongyang's ballistic missile launch on November 28.The resolution, which was passed by the council unanimously, targets the supply of...

22-Dec-2017 United Nations

Confounding US policy, India partners with Iran to aid Afghanistan

In an aid programme that confounds the US policy in the region, India is partnering with Iran to send Afghanistan the assistance that President Donald Trump has said New Delhi should provide."Last month, the first consignment of wheat grain assistance from...

11-Dec-2017 United Nations

Human rights situation improves : Antonio Guterres

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said the overall human rights situation has improved over the decades but problems remain."Over seven decades, humanity has achieved considerable progress. People around the world have gained progressively greater...

18-Nov-2017 United Nations

'Over 100 Rohingya killed fleeing Myanmar in two months'

More than 100 Rohingya refugees have drowned in shipwrecks and boat capsizes as they fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh, according to a UN official.Stephane Dujarric, the chief UN spokesman, on Friday said that the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has received reports...

14-Nov-2017 United Nations

Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh targeted by human traffickers

Members of the Rohingya Muslim minority who have fled violence in Myanmar to Bangladesh, were being targeted by human traffickers, according to UN agencies."The UN Migration Agency (IOM) has found that human trafficking and exploitation is rife among Rohingya...

10-Nov-2017 United Nations

Judge Dalveer Bhandari's re-election to world court hangs in balance

World court Judge Dalveer Bhandari's re-election bid hung in the balance after he could not clear five rounds of balloting in the General Assembly and the Security Council and another vote was set for Monday.In an unusual development Bhandari was locked in...

09-Nov-2017 United Nations

Voting underway at UN in world court Judge Bhandari's re-election bid

Voting began on Thursday in the Security Council and the General Assembly for the election of world court judges in which Dalveer Bhandari of India is facing a Lebanese diplomat in his re-election bid.The Assembly and the Council are holding separate ballots...

08-Nov-2017 United Nations

World Court Judge Dalveer Bhandari running for re-election

 World Court Judge Dalveer Bhandari of India is running for re-election on Thursday when the UN General Assembly and the Security Council will hold separate ballots to elect five judges.Bhandari was elected to the Hague-based International Court of Justice...

08-Nov-2017 United Nations

Open up UNSC reform process to world scrutiny: India

Frustrated by the secretive machinations that have crippled the UN Security Council reform process, India has called for "opening it up to world scrutiny" so everyone can see what is behind its failure to even taking the "first concrete steps towards real negotiations"."Transparency...

07-Nov-2017 New Delhi

UNSC issues presidential statement on Myanmar after 10 years

The UN Security Council has issued a presidential statement on Myanmar complimenting and criticising the country over its stance on the Rohingya crisis and it also gave the government a month to "get its act together".Ambassador Sebastiano Cardi of Italy,...

07-Nov-2017 United Nations

India to contribute $100 mn to UN development fund

India has pledged to contribute $100 million to the India-UN Development Partnership Fund to help the poorest nations achieve the world organisation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to reduce poverty and raise the quality of life.Anjani Kumar, a Counsellor...

01-Nov-2017 United Nations

India slams US sanctions on Cuba

 India has come out strongly against the decades-old US sanctions against Cuba calling it a "contravention of world opinion," even as President Donald Trump wants to roll back the minor relaxations introduced by his predecessor, Barack Obama.Trinamool MP Sudip...

28-Oct-2017 United Nations

Harsh winter awaits 1.5mn kids in Middle East: Unicef

The UN Children's Fund (Unicef) has warned that the coming winter will be a "harsh blow" to children affected by conflict across the Middle East unless assistance is urgently provided."Freezing temperatures, storms and heavy snowfall will add to the misery...

13-Oct-2017 United Nations

UNSC must push Myanmar to let refugees return: Kofi Annan

 Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has asked the deadlocked Security Council to push the Myanmar government to allow the Rohingya refugees sheltered in Bangladesh to return home in safety and with dignity.Speaking to reporters after he had briefed the Security...

13-Oct-2017 United Nations

UN General Assembly President discusses reform with Indian MPs

 UN General Assembly President Miroslav Lajcak discussed reform of the UN during a meeting on Friday with the members of Parliament, who are in the Indian delegation to the current session, according to his Spokesperson Brenden Verma.They also discussed...

12-Oct-2017 United Nations

Digital technology key to fighting poverty: India

Digital technology can play a key role in fighting poverty, which can have disastrous consequences like fomenting armed conflicts and refugee crises, Indian lawmaker Santosh Ahlawat said here on Thursday.A member of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, Ahlawat,...

12-Oct-2017 United Nations

India calls for prevention of weaponisation of outer space

 India has called upon the international community to work together to prevent the weaponisation of outer space and endeavour to formulate a global pact to avoid an arms race in space."There are a lot of threats to space security," India's top disarmament diplomat...

05-Oct-2017 United Nations

Involve troop contributors in UN peacekeeping decisions: India

India has demanded that troop-contributing countries, whose soldiers lay down their lives in peacekeeping operations, should be involved in the decisions by the Security Council on their mandates.The Military Adviser at India's UN Mission, Colonel Sandeep...

04-Oct-2017 United Nations

UN reforms inadequate for challenges world faces: India

The reforms under consideration for the global organisation are not adequate for meeting the challenges posed by a "creaking and crumbling" world order confronting a furious pace of change, India's Permanent Representative Syed Akbaruddin has told the General...

04-Oct-2017 United Nations

Pakistan provocation at UN is 'lonely voice' wasting time: India

India has dismissed Pakistan's latest provocation at the General Assembly by raising surgical strikes and Kashmir as a waste of time "symbolic of what holds us all back".Pakistan Permanent Representative Maleeha Lodhi's remarks about India on Tuesday were...

03-Oct-2017 United Nations

ICMR head Swaminathan appointed WHO Deputy Director General

Soumiya Swaminathan, the head of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), has been appointed Deputy Director General of the World Health Organisation (WHO).WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who was elected this year to head the Geneva-based...

02-Oct-2017 United Nations

On Gandhi Jayanthi, leaders re-commit UN to embodying nonviolence

Meeting under the grim shadow of the overnight Las Vegas massacre, the leadership of the global organisation on Monday renewed its commitment to embodying Mahatma Gandhi's belief in the power of nonviolence.Gandhi's principle of nonviolence was the core principle...

29-Sep-2017 United Nations

Attacks on Hindus in Rakhine, terrorism threat raised in UNSC

Attacks on Hindus and other minorities in Myanmar's Rakhine state and the threats from terrorism were raised on Thursday in the UN Security Council while members strongly condemned Myanmar's onslaught on Rohingyas that led to the refugee crisis.Secretary-General...

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