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Letter from Europe: Stage set for climate deal

The climate change talks held under the Ad Hoc Working Group of the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) in Geneva in February resulted in an important 86-page negotiating text. This text is a

Clean Ganga and water management key to India’s growth

Reviving Ganga is an important priority for the country since 45 percent of the country’s population depends on the river for livelihood and well-being, said Sanwar Lal Jat, minister of state

India ranks fifth in e-waste generation: UN report

India is the fifth largest generator of e-waste in the world. The country discarded 1.7 million tonnes (Mt) of electronic and electrical equipment in 2014, said a United Nations report.

We may need three Earths to sustain life by 2050

Protection of environment is proactive and continuous endeavour. June 5 is the day when the humanity observes World Environment Day. Under the United Nations’ the day is to bri

Morning briefing: Skill development takes leap as govt okays sector mentor committees

The Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Ministry has approved setting up mentor committees which would act as integrated panels for creating model curricula for skill training courses. This is a

World goes into huddle as North Korea tests hydrogen bomb

North Korea’s H-bomb test today presents a serious dilemma for world leaders and the United Nations Security Council is holding an emergency meeting today in New York. "Wh

Sonalika ITL, UNIC to promote UN Sustainable Development Goals in India

Sonalika Social Development Society, the CSR wing of India’s third largest tractor maker Sonalika International Tractors Ltd, in collaboration with United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in

Housing is a human right, says Leilani Farha

Leilani Farha is UN’s special rapporteur (SR) on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living, and on the right to non-discrimination in this context. Sh

“This conference is all about prevention [of violent extremism]”

Jehangir Khan is the director of Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF) and the UN Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNCCT) in the Department of Political Affairs (DPA) in the UN Secretari

The ordeals of preventing radicalisation

The UN co-hosted a high-level conference in Geneva on preventing violent extremism (PVE) on April 7 and 8. The conference drew some 30 government ministers, including the foreign ministers of Belgi

Selecting for the top UN job

The world’s most important diplomatic post is up for grabs. The process of selecting the next UN secretary-general (UNSG) has already begun. However, despite the fact that the final selection

UN general assembly acts on antimicrobial resistance

For the first time at the 71st session of the UN general assembly, world leaders laid thrust on the need to curb the spread of infections that are resistant to antimicrobial medicines. So far, on

Pak must abandon dreaming about Kashmir: Sushma at UNGA

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj today said terrorism was the biggest threat to human rights and asked the global community to isolate nations that don’t cooperate in fighting terroris

All you need to know about Paris Agreement

At COP 21 in Paris, parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) reached a landmark agreement to combat climate change and to accelerate and intensify the actions a

The India-Pakistan face-off at the UN

The glaring highlights for the Indian (and the Pakistani) reader from the 33rd session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) were the verbal spats between India and Pakistan. As the tones got increa

Resolve issues through dialogue: UN chief tells India, Pakistan

UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon, has offered “his good offices” to help resolve the escalating tension between India and Pakistan following a terror attack in Uri that left 19 Indian s

“Pakistan will have to pay a price for irresponsible conduct”

Hardeep Singh Puri, one of India’s ablest and most outstanding diplomats, has served as India’s representative to the UN. His first UN posting came in 1981 when as first secretary h

Reforms will have to top on the to-do list of next UN chief António Guterres

When Portugal’s former prime minister António Manuel de Oliveira Guterres succeeds Ban Ki-moon as the next UN secretary-general, he will find himself pitted against a host of challenge

Indians may have shifted to high risk farming due to crop insurance: UN

The rapid transformation of farming and food systems to cope with a warmer world, such as adopting climate-smart practices, particularly to curb greenhouse gas emissions, is critical for hunger and

India sees dramatic improvement in opportunities for girl child: UN

Both India and China, which together are home to roughly one in three 10-year-olds alive today, are among the world’s fastest growing economies and have seen dramatic improvements in the oppo

Proxy war for Aleppo at the United Nations

With the fighting intensifying in Syria’s Aleppo, parties to the conflict are aggressively pushing their agendas beyond the battlegrounds. The battle over the war-struck city has great symbol

US action against pipeline protestors ‘troubling’: UN rights expert

A UN human rights expert has issued a strong statement accusing the US security forces of using “increasingly militarised response” against North Dakota pipeline protestors, and called

The challenges and expectations in heading WHO

The process for selecting the chief of the world’s biggest multilateral health organisation is underway. The next director-general (DG) of the World Health Organisation (WHO) will be elected

The lost youth of Arab states

The UN has produced its first analysis of the socio-economic indicators in the Arab region since the 2011 uprisings. The results are not all heartening. The report titled ‘Arab Human Developm

“You cannot keep absorbing people in the public sector”

Dr Adel Abdellatif is the chief of the Regional Programme Division in UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Arab States and is based in New York. In his current capacity, he coordinates and oversees

“Interesting times” for US-UN diplomacy under Trump raj

The inevitable has happened albeit a tad sooner than expected. US president-elect Donald Trump has clashed with the UN even before he has assumed office promising that “things will be differe

Home is where the heart is not

“Genocide begins with the killing of one man – not for what he has done, but because of who he is.” – Kofi Annan A poster bearing this quote a

India makes strong case for cheap meds

The governing body of the UN’s health agency that sets the agenda of work on global health met late January. In its 140th session, the executive board (EB) of the World Health Organisation (W

The battle to access affordable medicines heats up

Tobeka Daki, a single South African mother and health activist from the eastern Cape, died fighting breast cancer in November last year. Her oncologist had told Tobeka that she needed trast

The great Syrian war game

As the 59 American Tomahawk missiles lit up the dark skies, smashing Syria’s Shayrat air base near Homs, the collective conscience of the “civilised world” was assuaged. S

India’s halls of shame

The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) adopted the report of India’s human rights record review on May 9. There were 250 recommendations by 103 countries that had taken the floor five days earli

Bhutan’s pursuit of happiness, shortage of health sub-centres in UP, and role of digitisation in IGNOU

In many ways the story of Gross National Happiness in a country is the story of Bhutan and its modern history. There are two major transition points in Bhutan’s recent history, the beginnin

Making cancer treatment accessible

 In a world that sees far-from-perfect global healthcare systems, lack of access to cancer treatment – a disease which currently is the second leading cause of death – is the most

Bihar, UP push India towards becoming world’s most populated country

Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh are the three states that have the highest total fertility rate (TFR), propelling India towards becoming the world’s most populous country in the nex

Towards a world free from nukes

“Voting has been completed. The machine is locked,” announced the secretary conducting the voting process for the adoption of a UN treaty at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

A world free from nukes, making budget more meaningful and, role of CVC

UN recently adopted the first-ever treaty to ban nuclear weapons. The ten-page treat is encompassing in its prescriptions: it prohibits a full range of nuclear-weapon-related activities, such as

29.5 m people engaged in high-risk drug use in 2015

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime released the 20th edition of its World Drug Report (WDR) in June

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