UN says almost 5.2 million Ukrainians flee war

GENEVA: The number of Ukrainians who have fled the country since Russia s invasion two months ago is approaching 5.2 million, the UN refugee agency said. The total figure of 5,186,744 is an increase of 23,058 over Saturday s data, the

China, Russia block US bid to sanction North Koreans

NEW YORK: China and Russia delayed a US bid to impose UN sanctions on five North Koreans, as Pyongyang suggested it may resume tests of nuclear weapons and long-range missiles. The move by China and Russia came ahead of a

PM Khan welcomes UN’s fundraising appeal for Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday welcomed the United Nations’ funding pledge of more than $5 billion for Afghanistan to avert collapse of basic services in the war-ravaged country. The prime minister said that the UN initiative was the

UN warns of ‘colossal’ Afghan banking system collapse

NEW YORK: The United Nations pushed for urgent action to prop up Afghanistan’s banks, warning that a spike in people unable to repay loans, lower deposits and cash liquidity crunch could cause the financial system to collapse within months. In

Enforced disappearances in IoK a ‘grim reality’: Pakistan tells UN

NEW YORK: Pakistan has told a UN panel that enforced disappearances in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) were a “grim reality” and called for pursuing investigations into the cases. “Enforced disappearances in IIOJK have led to torture, custodial

UN needs $100bn a year to address environmental problems

GENEVA: The United Nations has said that the international community needs 100 billion to tackle the world’s environmental and economic problems, for which the banking sector must come forward. In a message on Twitter, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the

UN offers to help Pakistan with Balochistan earthquake situation

NEW YORK: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio has expressed his condolences over the loss of lives and damages to properties resulting from the deadly earthquake that hit parts of the Balochistan province, saying UN was ready to help Pakistan deal with

UN Human Rights Council ends Yemen war crimes probe

GENEVA: The UN Human Rights Council voted to end to shut down the body’s investigation of war crimes in Yemen in a blow to Western nations who wanted the probe to continue. The 47-member council voted against renewing the mandate

‘No country should take advantage of Afghanistan’ says Modi at UNGA address

NEW YORK: In his address to the UN General Assembly, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed concern over the situation in Afghanistan, saying it was essential to ensure that the war-torn country’s territory is not used for terrorist activities. In

Malala pleads to protect Afghan girls’ education after Taliban takeover

NEW YORK: Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai pleaded with the world not to compromise on the protection of Afghan women’s rights following the Taliban takeover. As countries and organizations take the first steps to engage with the hardline group,

Kashmir is not India’s internal matter: Pakistan responds to Indian assertion

NEW YORK: Pakistan categorically rejected India’s claim at the United Nations that Jammu and Kashmir is its integral part, saying the state was an internationally recognised disputed territory. “Jammu and Kashmir neither is a so-called ‘integral’ part of India, nor

Pakistan to play active role for UN Security Council reforms: Qureshi

NEW YORK: Minister for Foreign Affairs Shah Mehmood Qureshi said Pakistan will continue to play an active role to promote comprehensive reform of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). Speaking at the virtual Uniting for Consensus (UfC) Ministerial meeting, the

FM Qureshi thanks Turkey for supporting Kashmir at UN

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi met his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu on the sidelines of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York and reviewed their close bilateral relations. They discussed steps to further enhance

International Day of Peace being observed worldwide today

NEW YORK: The International Day of Peace is observed around the world today on 21 September. The UN General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, through observing 24 hours of non-violence and

UN seeks $600 million to avert Afghanistan humanitarian crisis

GENEVA: The United Nations is convening an aid conference in Geneva on Monday in an effort to raise more than $600 million for Afghanistan, warning of a humanitarian crisis there following the Taliban takeover. Even before the Taliban’s seizure of

UN warns Afghanistan needs money to prevent total breakdown

NEW YORK: The United Nations warned that the freezing of billions of dollars in Afghan assets to keep them out of Taliban hands would inevitably spark “a severe economic downturn” and could push millions more Afghans into poverty and hunger.

Qatar to resume Gaza funding with new method involving UN

GAZA CITY: Qatar will soon resume funding for civil servants and poor families in the Gaza Strip under a new mechanism involving the Palestinian Authority and the United Nations, the Gulf state’s aid envoy said. Doha has underwritten Gaza rebuilding

UN assures to provide aid after meeting with Taliban leaders in Kabul

KABUL: Senior Taliban officials met in Kabul on Sunday with the UN undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs, who promised to maintain assistance for the Afghan people, Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen said. Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, head of the Taliban’s political office

UN chief warns of looming ‘humanitarian catastrophe’ in Afghanistan

NEW YORK: United Nations chief Antonio Guterres warned of a looming “humanitarian catastrophe” in Afghanistan as he urged countries to provide emergency funding following the departure of US forces. Guterres expressed his “grave concern at the deepening humanitarian and economic

UN Security Council urges Taliban to let people leave Afghanistan

NEW YORK: A divided UN Security Council adopted a resolution calling on the Taliban to allow safe passage for those seeking to leave Afghanistan but did not mention the creation of a safe zone in Kabul, as suggested by the

UN raises concerns about women as Taliban take power over Afghanistan

NEW YORK: The United Nations has raised concerns about the rights of women and young girls after the Taliban took power in Afghanistan. In this regard, a Security Council meeting will be held today. In a statement, UN Secretary-General Antonio

‘Afghanistan is spinning out of control’: UN chief calls on Taliban to halt offensive

NEW YORK: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on the Taliban to immediately halt their offensive in Afghanistan, and warned that “Afghanistan is spinning out of control.” “This is the moment to halt the offensive. This is the moment to start

UN sounds alarm over ‘irreversible’ impact of climate change

NEW YORK: The UN panel on climate change sounded a dire warning on Monday, saying the world is dangerously close to runaway warming – and that humans are “unequivocally” to blame. Greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere are already high

UN Security Council to discuss deadly tanker attack off Oman

LONDON: Britain will raise a deadly tanker attack off the coast of Oman during a closed-door United Nations Security Council meeting on Friday, diplomats said, but the 15-member body is not expected to take any action. Britain, Romania and Liberia

India assumes UNSC presidency

India has assumed the presidency of the powerful United Nations Security Council for the month of August. This will frustrate Pakistan’s plan of raising the Kashmir issue at the global forum and will also bring on a collision course with

Pakistan hopes India will abide by rules after assuming UNSC Presidency

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has expressed the hope that India would abide by the relevant rules and norms governing the United Nations as it assumes the Presidency of the Security Council. India, which is currently a non-permanent member of UNSC for a

Pakistan seeks UN probe of India’s use of Pegasus spyware

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan called on the United Nations to investigate whether India used Israeli-made Pegasus spyware to spy on public figures including Prime Minister Imran Khan. The prime minister’s phone number was on a list of what an investigation by a

PM to address UN high level forum on sustainable development

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan will on Tuesday (today) deliver a keynote address at the United Nations High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development spelling out his vision over the economic challenges posed by COVID-19 and climate change. The prime

Pakistan prioritised support to vulnerable while battling pandemic: SAPM Sania Nishtar

NEW YORK: Pakistan told a UN panel that its health response was central to the deadly coronavirus pandemic with prioritised support to the vulnerable. Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Poverty Alleviation and Social Protection, Dr Sania Nishtar, was

Pakistan to work closely with UN chief Antonio Guterres: Munir Akram

NEW YORK: Pakistan has felicitated Antonio Guterres on being elected as United Nations Secretary-General for a second term and said it was looking forward to working with him. Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Munir Akram, praised Antonio Guterres’ “skilled