Child labour rises for first time in two decades: UN

NEW YORK: The world has marked the first rise in child labour in two decades and the coronavirus crisis threatens to push millions of more youngsters toward the same fate, the United Nations said. The International Labour Organization (ILO) and

UNGA president regrets India’s reaction to Kashmir remarks

NEW YORK: United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) President Volkan Bozkir has expressed regrets that India took his recent remarks on Jammu and Kashmir out of context, saying they were consistent with the long-standing UN position regarding the dispute. “The president

UN launches investigation into whether Israel, Hamas committed crimes

GENEVA: The United Nations Human Rights Council agreed to launch an international investigation into alleged crimes committed during the 11-day conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. The independent investigation will have a broad mandate to look into all alleged

Two Pakistani peacekeepers among 129 honoured with UN medals posthumously

NEW YORK: The United Nations honoured 129 military, police and civilian personnel from 44 countries, including two Pakistani peacekeepers, who lost their lives while serving in peacekeeping missions in 2020. The virtual ceremony, presided over by Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, marked

Muslim countries seek UNHRC probe into possible crimes in Gaza

GENEVA: Muslim countries are calling on the United Nations to investigate possible crimes committed during the 11-day conflict between Israel and the Palestinian military group Hamas and to establish command responsibility. The UN Human Rights Council will hold a special

UN humanitarian chief visits Gaza, presses both sides over ceasefire

GAZA CITY: The top UN aid official in the region visited the rubble-strewn areas of Gaza hit by airstrikes during fighting between Israel and Hamas, and appealed to both sides to observe a ceasefire as aid teams assess the damage.

FM Qureshi urges UN Chief to help resolve Kashmir dispute

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi met with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres in New York and discussed a wide range of issues including the Israel-Palestine conflict. The UN chief welcomed the ceasefire announcement by Israel and Hamas and hoped

UN ‘deeply concerned’ by escalation of violence in Palestine

NEW YORK: The United Nations rights office said Tuesday it was “deeply concerned” by the escalation of violence in the occupied Palestinian territories, East Jerusalem and Israel. The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights appealed for calm

Kerry, UN envoy launch global finance plan to boost climate action

NEW YORK: UN climate envoy Mark Carney and US peer John Kerry announced a new plan to boost efforts by the financial system to help move the global economy to net zero greenhouse gas emissions. While many large banks, insurers

Pakistan elected member of three key UN bodies

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has secured the membership of three key UN bodies during elections held at the United Nations headquarters in New York. The committees include the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ), Commission on the Status of Women

Greta Thunberg to skip UN climate summit over unfair vaccine rollouts

STOCKHOLM: Swedish climate campaigner Greta Thunberg said she plans to skip the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow this November, saying the uneven rollout of COVID-19 vaccine campaigns would mean countries could not participate on even terms. The 18-year-old activist deplored

Biden restores assistance for UN Palestinian refugee agency

WASHINGTON: The Biden administration announced it would provide $235 million in US aid to the Palestinians, restarting funding for the United Nations agency supporting refugees and restoring other assistance cut off by then-President Donald Trump. The package, including humanitarian, economic

UN Security Council ‘strongly’ condemns Myanmar violence

NEW YORK: The UN Security Council on Thursday (April 1) “strongly condemned” the deaths of hundreds of civilians in Myanmar, in a unanimous statement watered down by China after two days of tough negotiations. “Members of the Security Council expressed

UN special envoy warns of ‘imminent bloodbath’ in Myanmar

NEW YORK: United Nations special envoy on Myanmar Christine Schraner Burgener told a session of the UN Security Council that “a bloodbath is imminent” because of the military’s intensified crackdown on anti-coup protesters. Schraner Burgener told a closed session of

North Korea accuses UNSC of ‘double standard’ over missile tests

SEOUL: North Korea said on Monday that the UN Security Council showed a double standard as its sanctions committee criticised the country’s recent missile test as a violation of UN resolutions. North Korea launched a new type of tactical short-range

Pakistan supports second term for Guterres as UNSG

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi held a telephone conversation with the United Nations Secretary-General (UNSG) Antonio Guterres. They discussed views on a wide range of issues on the UN agenda including the COVID-19 situation, economic recovery during the pandemic;

Pakisan urges UN for global dialogue on countering Islamophobia

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi called upon the UN Secretary General to convene a global dialogue on countering rising Islamophobia and promoting inter-faith harmony. The foreign minister was virtually addressing an event in commemoration of the International Day to

UN chief appoints Jean Arnault as personal envoy on Afghanistan

NEW YORK: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has appointed veteran French diplomat Jean Arnault as his personal envoy on Afghanistan and regional issues. The appointment comes a day before Russia, China, the United States, Pakistan, a delegation of top Afghan

Pakistan joins new UN campaign for equal access to coronavirus vaccines

NEW YORK: Pakistan joined a new United Nations public advocacy campaign, ‘Only Together’, which calls for coronavirus vaccines to be available to everyone and everywhere in order to stop the deadly pandemic. “This year of crisis has caused a tidal

1 in 3 women experience physical or sexual violence: UN

NEW YORK: Nearly one in three women worldwide is subjected to physical or sexual violence during her lifetime as the pervasive criminal behaviour increased during the coronavirus pandemic. This was stated in a new report by the World Health Organization

Nearly a fifth of all food reaching consumers is wasted: UN

NEW YORK: Seventeen percent of the food available to consumers worldwide in 2019 – almost one billion tonnes – was thrown away by households, retailers, institutions and the hospitality industry, far more than previously suspected, the UN said. “The scale

Myanmar forces fire on anti-coup protests

NEW YORK: Britain has called for the UN Security Council to meet on Friday as security forces in Myanmar have steadily stepped up their use of violence against anti-coup demonstrators. Authorities fired live rounds and tear gas at protesters again

Myanmar’s UN envoy fired for denouncing junta

NEW YORK: Myanmar’s junta fired its United Nations ambassador for breaking ranks to denounce the military’s ouster of civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, as police stepped up a crackdown on protesters across the country. Myanmar’s ambassador to the United

Myanmar envoy urges UN to stop military coup

NEW YORK: Myanmar’s UN envoy urged the United Nations to use “any means necessary” to stop a military coup there, making a surprise appeal on behalf of the ousted government. The country has been in crisis since the army seized

UN warns Myanmar against harsh response to protesters

WASHINGTON: The United Nations special envoy has warned Myanmar’s army of “severe consequences” for any harsh response to protesters demonstrating against the coup in a call with the military leadership, a UN spokesman said. Despite the deployment of armoured vehicles

Over 2 million Yemeni children under 5 could die of starvation in 2021: UN

DUBAI: Four United Nations agencies in a joint report, have said more than two million Yemeni children under the age of five are expected to endure acute malnutrition in 2021. According to the joint report prepared by the Food, Agriculture

North Korea developed nuclear, missile programs in 2020: UN report

NEW YORK: North Korea maintained and developed its nuclear and ballistic missile programs throughout 2020 in violation of international sanctions, funding with around $300 million stolen through cyber hacks, according to a confidential United Nations report. The report by independent

Cross border terrorism

Pakistan has hailed a counterterrorism report by the UN Security Council’s monitoring team that identifies the threat from militants based across the border in Afghanistan. The foreign ministry said the report ‘vindicates’ the stance that terror groups such as the

US to rejoin UN Human Rights Council

WASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden’s administration will reengage with the United Nations Human Rights Council, three years after former President Donald Trump withdrew over what his administration called bias against Israel and a lack of reform. Secretary of State Antony

UN chief receives COVID-19 vaccine in New York

NEW YORK: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in New York. “I was fortunate and grateful to get the first dose of my #COVID19 vaccine today,” Guterres said on Twitter. “We must get