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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

Coronavirus pandemic cost global tourism $1.3 trillion in 2020: UN

MADRID: The coronavirus crisis cost the global tourism sector $1.3 trillion in lost revenue in 2020 as the number of people travelling plunged, the UN said, calling it “the worst year in tourism history”. The World Tourism Organization said the

Pakistan opposes creation of new permanent seats in UNSC: Munir Akram

NEW YORK: Pakistan has firmly opposed the creation of new permanent seats in the United Nations Security Council and has warned that attempts by the aspirants – India, Brazil, Germany and Japan – known as G-4 to derail efforts to

Over half of Syrian children deprived of education: UN

DAMASCUS: More than half of children in war-torn Syria are missing out on education, the UN children’s agency UNICEF said, with a third of schools in ruins or controlled by fighters. The figures are a sharp rise from previous estimates

UN says Pakistan makes lasting contribution to national development priorities

ISLAMABAD: The United Nations Sustainable Development Framework for Pakistan (UNSDF) has said that the UN is committed to working with the government of Pakistan with a grassroots level approach, reaching the people of Pakistan and make a lasting contribution to

Guterres to run for second term as UN chief

NEW YORK: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will run for a second five-year term as the organization’s chief, his spokesman said. Guterres informed the president of the General Assembly and Security Council that “he is available to serve a second

India receives setback in securing leadership of UNSC committees

NEW YORK: India’s bid to assume the chairmanship of some of the most important subsidiary bodies of the UN Security Council could not muster support from other members of the 15-nation body. Diplomatic sources told the state-owned news agency that

World food price index rises for seventh month in Dec: FAO

NEW YORK: World food prices rose for the seventh consecutive month in December, led by dairy products and vegetable oils, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. The FAO Food Price Index averaged 107.5 points in

India must allow UN to investigate human rights violations in IoK: FM

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has urged India to allow the United Nations to investigate the grave human rights violations in its Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir. In his message on Kashmiris’ Right to Self-determination Day, he said the

PM reminds UN of granting Kashmiris rights to self-determination

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has urged the United Nations to honour its commitment of providing the right to self-determination to the people of Kashmir. In a series of tweets on the occasion of Right to Self-Determination Day being observed

UN ends peacekeeping mission in Darfur region

KHARTOUM: The United Nations and African Union have ended a 13-year mission to maintain peace in the Darfur region of Sudan. Fighting erupted in Darfur in 2003, when ethnic minority rebels rose up against the Arab-dominated government in Khartoum, which

UN designates 2021 as International Year of Fruits and Vegetables

NEW YORK: The United Nations is marking 2021 as the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables (IYFV), highlighting their vital role in human nutrition and food security, as well as urging efforts to improve sustainable production and reduce waste. In

India attacks UN peackeepers

Indian forces have committed innumerable ceasefire violations across the Line of Control targeting innocent civilians and villages. But the deliberate targeting of UN peace observers is certainly a ‘new look’ in their conduct and nefarious designs. Indian forces opened fire

Indian forces open fire at UN peace observers along LoC

RAWALPINDI: Indian Army resorted to unprovoked fire and targeted an vehicle of the United Nations peace keeping force According to the Inter-Service Public Sector (ISPR), Indian troops opened fire in Chirikot Sector of the Line of Control (LoC) and deliberately

PM to address the UN-hosted Climate Ambition Summit today

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan will address the Climate Ambition Summit 2020 being held virtually today by the United Nations in connection with the fifth anniversary of Paris Agreement. The prime minister will apprise the world about the efforts being

UN human rights experts express concern over Indian govt’s atrocities

GENEVA: Prominent UN human rights experts have written a second letter expressing concerns over the hate speech, violent attacks and harassment of peaceful protestors by the Indian government. In a second joint letter sent to India based on reports and

Human rights are central to COVID-19 recovery efforts: UN

NEW YORK: The International Human Rights Day is being observed on Thursday to raise awareness about human equality, dignity and justice. This year the day is being celebrated under the theme ‘Recover Better-Stand up for Human Rights’ with an aim

UN urges dialogue to reduce India, Pakistan tensions

ISLAMABAD: The United Nations has called upon India and Pakistan to reduce tensions and engage in a dialogue and pursue solutions in accordance with the United Nations Charter and Security Council resolutions. This was stated by UN Under-Secretary-General for Counter-Terrorism

UN warns 2021 shaping up to be a humanitarian catastrophe

NEW YORK: Next year is shaping up to be a humanitarian catastrophe and rich countries must not trample poor countries in a “stampede for vaccines” to combat the coronavirus pandemic, top officials told the UN General Assembly. World Food Programme

UN removes cannabis, marijuana from ‘highly addictive drugs’ list

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has removed narcotics such as cannabis and marijuana from its list of most tightly controlled drugs. A majority of members of the United Nations Narcotics Drugs voted to remove it from

World AIDS Day being observed amid COVID-19 pandemic

NEW YORK: World AIDS Day is being observed today to raise awareness and prevention as the world is facing another pandemic. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s World AIDS Day holds extra significance. Not since the HIV/AIDS pandemic of

World Toilet Day being observed globally today

GENEVA: World Toilet Day is being observed across the globe today. Every year on this day, on 19th November, Toilet Day is observed by the United Nations to raise awareness of the 4.2 billion people living without access to safely

75th UN Day a reminder that Kashmir dispute remains unresolved: PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has sent a message on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, marking the historic day when the global body was officially founded. The prime minister said the world is celebrating this

UN summit decries slow progress on women’s rights

NEW YORK: More than 170 countries promised during a virtual UN summit to step up their efforts to advance women’s rights. The meeting took place on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly and marked the 25th anniversary of

PM Imran’s UNGA speech becomes most viewed on UN’s YouTube channel

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan’s speech at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) is the most-watched video on the UN’s official Youtube channel. The prime minister had virtually addressed the 75th session of the UNGA on September 25. The video