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Act now to avert unimaginable devastation: UN urges leaders

By Samira Sadeque UNITED NATIONS, May 29 2020 (IPS) – Unless global leaders act now, the COVID-19 pandemic will cause unimaginable suffering and devastation around the world, the Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres said yesterday, May 28. He painted a picture of hunger and famine at historic proportions, with some 60 million people pushed into extreme poverty and ... Read More »

26 current, ex envoys to UN sing M Jackson’s Heal the World

The entire world is facing an unprecedented threat as the COVID-19 pandemic has rapidly covered the globe, spread sufferings, disrupted billions of lives and endangered the global economy. The World Health Organization (WHO) is leading and coordinating the global effort, supporting countries to prevent, detect and respond to the pandemic. Under these challenging circumstances, during the year when the 75th ... Read More »

UN faces financial & liquidity crisis as pandemic rages

By Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury NEW YORK, Apr 17 2020 (IPS) – The current financial crisis, triggered as a result of withholding or delaying payment of assessed contributions by Member States, is nothing new to the United Nations. We have travelled that road quite a few times in recent decades. No reason to panic. The past crises have been somehow ... Read More »

Mali: Army, UN fail to stop massacre

Second Militia Attack on Ogossagou Village Killed at Least 35 Bamako – An ethnic militia in Mali massacred over 35 villagers on February 14, 2020, after government troops left the area, Human Rights Watch said today. The killings in the village of Ogossagou occurred hours after village leaders alerted government officials that the Malian army had vacated a post created ... Read More »

HR Commission of Sri Lanka statement to UN HR Council

Madame President, Distinguished Delegates and Friends, Our Commission acknowledges the continuing human rights obligations of Sri Lanka, As in the previous year, we are encouraged by the High Commissioner’s recognition of the role played by the 19th Amendment to the Constitution in strengthening independent institutions which are key to discharging those obligations. Weakening of the relevant provisions will seriously hamper ... Read More »

UN Bangla font being launched Friday

Dhaka, Feb 21 – United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Bangladesh is going to celebrate the International Mother Language Day by launching the UN Bangla font and Bangla version of the Human Development Report 2019 on Friday. Read More »

Alarming crisis: 258 million kids not in schools: UN

UN, AP/UNB, Jan 25 -The U.N. deputy chief said Friday there is an “alarming” crisis in education, pointing to the 258 million children under the age of 17 who are not going to school — and only 49 percent completing secondary education. In addition, about 770 million adults are illiterate, most of them women, Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed told the ... Read More »

Indian citizenship law ‘discriminatory’ against Muslims: UN

The United Nations human rights office voiced concern on Friday that India’s new citizenship law is “fundamentally discriminatory in nature” by excluding Muslims and called for it to be reviewed. Violent clashes erupted in Delhi between police and thousands of university students on Friday protesting the enactment of the contentious new law. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist government has ... Read More »

UN to resolve the Rohingya humanitarian crisis

By Askiah Adam The Rohingya refugees have, for decades now, been fleeing their homeland, the Rakhine province in Myanmar. Mostly through Yangon’s inaction, elements of the military and members of the majority Buddhist population were left to run rampage amongst this helpless Muslim minority. Made stateless by Yangon in 1982, left totally vulnerable to the frightful violence of rape, mass ... Read More »