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  • COP26 climate change summit may be postponed due to pandemic: Report Mar 31, 2021 09:53 PM IST

    COP26 climate change summit may be postponed due to pandemic: Report

    The November summit was originally due to be held in 2020, but was postponed due to COVID-19.

  • UN chief Antonio Guterres flags COVID-19 debt crisis for developing world: Report Mar 29, 2021 10:20 AM IST

    UN chief Antonio Guterres flags COVID-19 debt crisis for developing world: Report

    "The response to COVID and to the financial aspects [of the crisis] has been fragmented, and geopolitical divides are not helping," Guterres told the FT.

  • Myanmar mourns bloodiest day since coup, UN investigator condemns "mass murder" Mar 28, 2021 08:13 AM IST

    Myanmar mourns bloodiest day since coup, UN investigator condemns "mass murder"

    Children were among those killed on Saturday, Myanmar's Armed Forces Day, according to news reports and witnesses, in a crackdown that drew renewed Western criticism. The UN investigator said the army was carrying out "mass murder".

  • 15 dead, 400 missing in Rohingya camp blaze in Bangladesh: UN Mar 23, 2021 03:46 PM IST

    15 dead, 400 missing in Rohingya camp blaze in Bangladesh: UN

    The fire broke out Monday and left at least 50,000 people homeless as it ripped through their flimsy bamboo-and-tarpaulin shelters, according to police and aid groups. Terrified families fled with whatever they could carry, with distraught children separated from their children in the rush.

  • UN chief Antonio Guterres "profoundly concerned" over rise of violence against Asians, people of Asian descent Mar 23, 2021 09:39 AM IST

    UN chief Antonio Guterres "profoundly concerned" over rise of violence against Asians, people of Asian descent

    Guterres's statement comes against the backdrop of multiple shootings this month in and around Atlanta that killed eight people, among whom six were Asian women.

  • India expected to register largest increase in child and maternal deaths in South Asia in 2020 amid COVID-19 disruptions: UN Mar 18, 2021 12:19 PM IST

    India expected to register largest increase in child and maternal deaths in South Asia in 2020 amid COVID-19 disruptions: UN

    The report also noted that India could spend nearly $10 billion on COVID-19 testing and healthcare utilisation by September 2021, the biggest share of the overall costs in the region.

  • 'This is hell': UN food aid chief visits Yemen, fears famine Mar 10, 2021 06:28 PM IST

    'This is hell': UN food aid chief visits Yemen, fears famine

    Beasley said that at a child malnutrition ward in a Sanaa hospital he saw children wasting away from lack of food. Many, he said, were on the brink of death from entirely preventable and treatable causes, and they were the lucky ones who were receiving medical care.

  • In Nepal and Across the World, Child Marriage Is Rising Mar 08, 2021 10:47 PM IST

    In Nepal and Across the World, Child Marriage Is Rising

    In a report released Monday, the U.N. Children’s Fund predicted that an additional 10 million girls this decade will be at risk of child marriage, defined as a union before the age of 18.

  • COVID-19 Update | The World Needs Syringes. He Jumped In to Make 5,900 Per Minute Mar 05, 2021 10:45 PM IST

    COVID-19 Update | The World Needs Syringes. He Jumped In to Make 5,900 Per Minute

    The world needs between 8 billion and 10 billion syringes for COVID-19 vaccinations alone, experts say. In previous years, only 5% to 10% of the estimated 16 billion syringes used worldwide were meant for vaccination and immunization.

  • Estimated 931 million tonnes of food wasted globally in 2019; India's share 68 million: UN report Mar 05, 2021 02:40 PM IST

    Estimated 931 million tonnes of food wasted globally in 2019; India's share 68 million: UN report

    The Food Waste Index Report 2021, from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and partner organisation WRAP, said that around 931 million tonnes of food waste was generated in 2019, 61 percent of which came from households, 26 percent from food service and 13 percent from retail.

  • United Nations warns of mass famine in Yemen ahead of donor conference Feb 28, 2021 06:58 PM IST

    United Nations warns of mass famine in Yemen ahead of donor conference

    OCHA, said the risk of large-scale famine in the Arab world's poorest country has never been more acute, adding that the years-long conflict, economic decline, and institutional collapse created enormous humanitarian needs in all sectors.

  • Who is Arora Akanksha, the 34-year-old running for UN Secretary-General? Feb 27, 2021 08:02 AM IST

    Who is Arora Akanksha, the 34-year-old running for UN Secretary-General?

    Not widely known outside her workplace, Arora Akanksha has committed a number of head-turning firsts.

  • UN human rights chief hopes for equitable solution to farmers' agitation Feb 27, 2021 07:56 AM IST

    UN human rights chief hopes for equitable solution to farmers' agitation

    UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet criticised the action taken against journalists and activists covering the protests by farmers and efforts to curb freedom of expression on social media.

  • UN vaccine plan is underway, but problems remain Feb 25, 2021 03:22 PM IST

    UN vaccine plan is underway, but problems remain

    COVAX is supposed to make deals to buy vaccines in bulk from drug companies and can also receive donated shots from rich countries. Poorer nations can receive free doses from the initiative — and wealthier ones can also buy from it, as a way of diversifying their supply.

  • Right of self-defence applies also to attacks by non-state actors: India tells UN meeting Feb 25, 2021 10:36 AM IST

    Right of self-defence applies also to attacks by non-state actors: India tells UN meeting

    India's Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador K Nagaraj Naidu said at an Arria Formula meeting organised by Mexico that a 1974 UN General Assembly declaration requires that a member state should not allow territory under its control to be used for terrorism against another state.

  • Pandemic used as 'pretext' to crush dissent: UN Feb 22, 2021 05:14 PM IST

    Pandemic used as 'pretext' to crush dissent: UN

    Speaking at the opening of the UN Human Rights Council's main annual session, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres charged that authorities in a number of nations were using restrictions meant to halt the spread of COVID-19 to weaken their political opposition.

  • India slams UN experts over Kashmir concerns, says lack objectivity Feb 19, 2021 01:26 PM IST

    India slams UN experts over Kashmir concerns, says lack objectivity

    External Affairs Ministry spokesman Anurag Srivastava said that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and the changes made in its status were enacted by Parliament.

  • UN chief Antonio Guterres 'extremely grateful' for India's 200,000 COVID vaccines for peacekeepers Feb 18, 2021 11:35 AM IST

    UN chief Antonio Guterres 'extremely grateful' for India's 200,000 COVID vaccines for peacekeepers

    External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, while addressing the UN Security Council meeting on COVID-19 on Wednesday, announced a gift of 200,000 COVID-19 doses for the UN peacekeepers.

  • India announces gift of 200,000 COVID-19 doses for UN peacekeepers Feb 17, 2021 09:31 PM IST

    India announces gift of 200,000 COVID-19 doses for UN peacekeepers

    'Keeping in mind the UN Peacekeepers who operate in such difficult circumstances, we would like to announce today a gift of 200,000 doses for them,' Jaishankar told the UN Security Council in a virtual address.

  • UN chief Antonio Guterres urges 'global vaccination plan' for COVID-19 Feb 17, 2021 07:26 PM IST

    UN chief Antonio Guterres urges 'global vaccination plan' for COVID-19

    "The world urgently needs a global vaccination plan to bring together all those with the required power, scientific expertise and production and financial capacities," Antonio Guterres told a high-level Security Council meeting on vaccines.

  • Ajai Malhotra becomes first Indian Chairperson of the Advisory Committee of the Human Rights Council Feb 15, 2021 10:10 PM IST

    Ajai Malhotra becomes first Indian Chairperson of the Advisory Committee of the Human Rights Council

    Ajai Malhotra served as the Ambassador of India to the Russian Federation till his retirement in 2013.

  • Myanmar sanctions should target coup leaders, not people: UN Feb 12, 2021 03:26 PM IST

    Myanmar sanctions should target coup leaders, not people: UN

    Speaking before the Human Rights Council in Geneva, the UN's deputy rights chief Nada al-Nashif expressed concern after Washington announced sanctions on the generals behind last week's coup in Myanmar.

  • Antonio Guterres says UN stands ready to contribute to ongoing rescue and assistance efforts in Uttarakhand Feb 08, 2021 09:51 AM IST

    Antonio Guterres says UN stands ready to contribute to ongoing rescue and assistance efforts in Uttarakhand

    A portion of the Nanda Devi glacier broke off in Uttarakhand's Chamoli district on Sunday, triggering an avalanche and a deluge in the Alaknanda river system that washed away hydroelectric stations, leaving at least seven people dead and 125 missing who are feared dead.

  • UN chief reappoints billionaire Bloomberg as climate envoy Feb 05, 2021 06:20 PM IST

    UN chief reappoints billionaire Bloomberg as climate envoy

    The U.N. said Friday that Secretary-General Antonio Guterres wants the former New York mayor to “mobilize stronger and more ambitious climate action” in the lead-up to a November global climate summit.

  • Global food inflation fears grow as UN index hits 6-1/2-year high Feb 04, 2021 07:31 PM IST

    Global food inflation fears grow as UN index hits 6-1/2-year high

    The Food and Agriculture Organization's food price index, which measures monthly changes for a basket of cereals, oilseeds, dairy products, meat and sugar, averaged 113.3 points last month December's 108.6, revised up from 107.5.

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