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  • UN chief Antonio Guterres says pandemic toll is 'mind-numbing' Sep 29, 2020 12:51 PM IST

    UN chief Antonio Guterres says pandemic toll is 'mind-numbing'

    Guterres warned there is no end in sight to the spread of the virus, the loss of jobs, the disruption of education, the upheaval to our lives.

  • Coronavirus pandemic threatens peace and risks new conflicts: UN chief Antonio Guterres Aug 13, 2020 08:08 AM IST

    Coronavirus pandemic threatens peace and risks new conflicts: UN chief Antonio Guterres

    United Nations' Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned that the COVID-19 pandemic not only threatens gains in fighting global poverty and building peace, but also risks exacerbating existing conflicts and generating new ones.

  • COVID-19 pandemic created largest disruption of education in history, affecting 1.6 billion students: Antonio Guterres Aug 04, 2020 10:55 AM IST

    COVID-19 pandemic created largest disruption of education in history, affecting 1.6 billion students: Antonio Guterres

    The UN chief underlined that the world already faced a learning crisis before the pandemic as more than 250 million school-age children were out of school and only a quarter of secondary school children in developing countries were leaving school with basic skills.

  • An additional 49 million people may fall into extreme poverty this year due to COVID-19: UN chief Jun 10, 2020 11:20 AM IST

    An additional 49 million people may fall into extreme poverty this year due to COVID-19: UN chief

    Secretary-General Guterres warned that unless immediate action is taken, it is increasingly clear that there is an impending global food emergency that could have long-term impacts on hundreds of millions of children and adults.

  • COVID-19 could cause $8.5 trillion loss in global output: UN chief Antonio Guterres May 29, 2020 11:41 AM IST

    COVID-19 could cause $8.5 trillion loss in global output: UN chief Antonio Guterres

    “We must avoid it. The pandemic has demonstrated our fragility. Despite all the technological and scientific advances of recent decades, we are in an unprecedented human crisis, because of a microscopic virus,” the UN Secretary General said on Thursday to the high-level event on Financing For Development.

  • UN chief appreciates India's assistance to other countries during COVID-19 pandemic: T S Tirumurti May 29, 2020 10:50 AM IST

    UN chief appreciates India's assistance to other countries during COVID-19 pandemic: T S Tirumurti

    Tirumurti, who assumed charge as India's Permanent Representative to the UN last week, presented his credentials virtually as telecommuting arrangements are in place at the UN headquarters due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • India-China border standoff | UN secretary general Antonio Guterres urges to avoid action that may increase tensions May 28, 2020 10:28 AM IST

    India-China border standoff | UN secretary general Antonio Guterres urges to avoid action that may increase tensions

    The UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General, said at the daily press briefing on Wednesday.

  • UN chief warns of vulnerability of LGBTI community during virus pandemic May 17, 2020 12:31 PM IST

    UN chief warns of vulnerability of LGBTI community during virus pandemic

    The UN chief said in a message marking Sunday's commemoration that the day comes at a time of great challenge when the world needs to protect the LGBTI community.

  • Vizag chemical plant gas leak incident needs to be fully investigated: UN chief May 08, 2020 07:45 AM IST

    Vizag chemical plant gas leak incident needs to be fully investigated: UN chief

    "We obviously send our condolences to the victims and hope for quick recovery to those who have been impacted. And I think these kinds of incidents need to be fully investigated by the local authorities,” UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said at the daily press briefing.

  • Coronavirus pandemic | 1 billion people with disabilities hit hard by COVID-19: UN chief May 06, 2020 03:38 PM IST

    Coronavirus pandemic | 1 billion people with disabilities hit hard by COVID-19: UN chief

    Secretary-General Antonio Guterres's video message was released alongside a UN report that said people with disabilities are estimated to be 15% of the world's population and 46% of the world's people who are older than 60.

  • Coronavirus pandemic: 'None of us is safe until all', says UN chief Antonio Guterres May 05, 2020 11:38 AM IST

    Coronavirus pandemic: 'None of us is safe until all', says UN chief Antonio Guterres

    Leaders from 40 countries came together to support the ACT Accelerator through the COVID-19 Global Response International Pledging Event, hosted by the European Commission.

  • UNSC President Estonia calls Security Council's handling of COVID-19 'a shame' May 02, 2020 01:40 PM IST

    UNSC President Estonia calls Security Council's handling of COVID-19 'a shame'

    The ambassador Sven Jürgenson said he personally hoped that a Security Council resolution on COVID-19 “would have been voted two or three weeks ago.”

  • 'We have no information about the situation of Kim Jong Un': UN chief Antonio Guterres May 01, 2020 07:47 AM IST

    'We have no information about the situation of Kim Jong Un': UN chief Antonio Guterres

    Guterres was responding to a question on whether any UN official had spoken to any North Korean official about the health and whereabouts of Kim.

  • World should follow South Korea on COVID-19 fight: UN chief May 01, 2020 07:44 AM IST

    World should follow South Korea on COVID-19 fight: UN chief

    At the same time, he said, South Korea has presented plans for “a very ambitious green deal” for its recovery from the pandemic, including a ban on new coal-fired plants and a reduction of emissions from existing coal-fired plants.

  • World cannot afford a lost generation of youth due to COVID19: UN SG Guterres Apr 28, 2020 11:11 AM IST

    World cannot afford a lost generation of youth due to COVID19: UN SG Guterres

    In a video conference Monday, Guterres told the Security Council that even before the current crisis, young people were facing enormous challenges.

  • Pandemic is fast becoming a 'human rights crisis': UN chief Apr 23, 2020 10:55 AM IST

    Pandemic is fast becoming a 'human rights crisis': UN chief

    The U.N. chief said in a video message that there is discrimination in the delivery of public services to tackle COVID-19 and there are “structural inequalities that impede access to them.”

  • For Earth Day, UN chief urges "green recovery" in response to coronavirus Apr 22, 2020 03:30 PM IST

    For Earth Day, UN chief urges "green recovery" in response to coronavirus

    With global battle lines emerging between investors backing "green stimulus" measures and industry lobbyists aiming to weaken climate regulations, Guterres cautioned governments against bailing out heavily polluting industries.

  • UN warns virus putting children `in jeopardy’ Apr 17, 2020 08:42 AM IST

    UN warns virus putting children `in jeopardy’

    The U.N. chief said in a video statement Thursday that the lives of children “are being totally upended” by COVID-19, with almost all students out of school, family stress levels rising as communities face lock-downs, and reduced household income expected to force poor families to cut back on essential health and food expenditures, “particularly affecting children.”

  • Coronavirus pandemic | UN chief says COVID-19 is worst crisis since World War II Apr 01, 2020 08:15 AM IST

    Coronavirus pandemic | UN chief says COVID-19 is worst crisis since World War II

    There is also a risk that the combination of the disease and its economic impact will contribute to "enhanced instability, enhanced unrest, and enhanced conflict," the UN chief Antonio Guterres said at the launch of a report on the socioeconomic impacts of COVID-19 on March 31.

  • Will actively engage with India, US, China on carbon neutrality in 2050: UN chief Antonio Guterres Mar 11, 2020 02:10 PM IST

    Will actively engage with India, US, China on carbon neutrality in 2050: UN chief Antonio Guterres

    Guterres and Secretary General of the World Meteorological Organization Petteri Taalas launched the ‘WMO Statement on the State of the Global Climate in 2019'.

  • Delhi violence: Mahatma Gandhi's spirit needed more than ever, says UN chief Antonio Guterres Feb 28, 2020 11:45 AM IST

    Delhi violence: Mahatma Gandhi's spirit needed more than ever, says UN chief Antonio Guterres

    Guterres has expressed sadness over the casualties following the protests in Delhi, and called for maximum restraint and for violence to be avoided, the UN chief's spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters on Thursday.

  • India rejects UN chief's offer to mediate on Kashmir issue Feb 17, 2020 09:12 AM IST

    India rejects UN chief's offer to mediate on Kashmir issue

    The assertion by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) came after Guterres said in Islamabad that he was concerned over the situation in Kashmir, and that he was ready to mediate between India and Pakistan to resolve the long pending issue.

  • Antonio Guterres to visit Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib during trip to Pakistan Feb 11, 2020 09:16 AM IST

    Antonio Guterres to visit Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib during trip to Pakistan

    The UN Secretary-General will arrive in Islamabad on Sunday and will hold bilateral meetings with Prime Minister Imran Khan and Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on that day and speak at an event on sustainable development and climate change.

  • US, EU, China, India among 'big emitters', must lead way on climate action: UN chief Feb 05, 2020 12:15 PM IST

    US, EU, China, India among 'big emitters', must lead way on climate action: UN chief

    UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, however, noted that awareness of the risks is growing and in "some good news", announcements of climate action by governments and the private sector are gathering steam.

  • UN chief says committed to supporting Palestinians, Israelis resolve conflict as Trump unveils peace plan Jan 29, 2020 10:51 AM IST

    UN chief says committed to supporting Palestinians, Israelis resolve conflict as Trump unveils peace plan

    Standing along with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the White House on Tuesday, Trump proposed a two-state solution and said no Israelis or Palestinians would be uprooted from their homes.

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