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Glimpses: Leaders at the UN, in their own words

United Nations, SEP 27 (AP/UNB) — Lots of leaders saying lots of things about lots of topics — topics that matter to them, to their regions, to the world. That’s what the speechmaking at the U.N. General Assembly invariably produces each year. And each year, certain enormous topics and certain louder voices dominate. Read More »

Actions not words: Promises made at UN climate action summit

23 September 2019, Climate Change – UN Secretary-General warned leaders not to come to his landmark Climate Action Summit with beautiful speeches, but to present concrete plans for cutting harmful greenhouse gas emissions, and strategies for carbon neutrality by 2050. So what, exactly, was promised at Monday’s all-day event at UN Headquarters in New York? Read More »

At UN, Trump focuses on religious freedom, not climate

United Nations, Sept 24 (AP/UNB) — President Donald Trump made his political priorities clear Monday within an hour of arriving at the United Nations for a three-day visit: He breezed by a major climate change summit to focus instead on religious persecution, an issue that resonates with his evangelical supporters. Read More »

The world and the UN must reduce population growth

by Frank Götmark, Robin Maynard Gothenburg/London – On September 24-25, world leaders will gather at the United Nations in New York to review progress toward the UN’s 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The SDGs, which aim “to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all,” are commendable, and summarize the kind of world many of ... Read More »

UN: Revival of Multilateralism or Obituary for World Order

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 5 2019 (IPS) – The United Nations will be hosting six high level plenary meetings –- unprecedented even by its own standards—during the beginning of the 74th session of the General Assembly in late September. The meetings are being viewed primarily as an attempt at reviving multilateral diplomacy at a time when a rash of hard-right nationalist ... Read More »

July the hottest month in history: UN

Dhaka, Aug 3 (UNB) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has shared new data from the World Meteorological Organization and Copernicus Climate Change Programme, including that July at least equaled, if not surpassed, the hottest month in recorded history. “According to the very latest data from the World Meteorological Organization and its climate centre—the month of July at least equaled ... Read More »

‘2021 Int’l Year for elimination of child labour’: UN

DHAKA, July 27, 2019 (BSS) – The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has unanimously adopted a resolution declaring 2021 as the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour, and has asked the International Labour Organization (ILO) to take the lead in its implementation. “The UNGA has urged the international community to step up efforts to eradicate forced labour and ... Read More »

UN Special Envoy discussed Rohingya repatriation with BD

Dhaka, July 24 (UNB) – Christine Schraner Burgener, the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General on Myanmar, on Tuesday discussed Rohingya repatriation issues with Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque. The envoy arrived in Dhaka on Monday after visiting Myanmar from July 9-18. While in Myanmar, Burgener underscored the need for dialogue amongst all stakeholders – the Union Government, the ... Read More »

‘Last resort’ partial aid halt to opposition-held Sana’a: UN

The World Food Programme (WFP), the UN’s emergency food relief agency, confirmed on Friday in a statement that it has started a “partial suspension” of aid to areas of Yemen controlled by Houthi opposition forces, including the capital, Sana’a. Spokesperson Hervé Verhoosel briefed journalists in Geneva that the agency took the decision after efforts failed to prevent aid being diverted ... Read More »

A premature death every five seconds for air pollution: UN

Dhaka, June 3 (UNB) – Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment David Boyd on Monday urged governments to take bold action to beat air pollution, improve health, address climate change and fulfill their human rights obligations. “Air pollution is a silent, invisible and prolific killer that is responsible for the premature death of 7 million people each year, ... Read More »

UN’s mandate to protect human rights takes another hit

By Thalif Deen UN, May 20, 2019 (IPS) – The UN’s longstanding mandate to promote and protect human rights worldwide –- undermined recently by right-wing nationalist governments and authoritarian regimes – has taken another hit. The Geneva-based Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) says six of the UN’s 10 treaty bodies are being forced to cancel ... Read More »

UN chief outlines ‘intertwined challenges’ of climate change

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres addresses the Pacific Islands Forum in Fiji on 15 May 2019., by UN Photo-Mark Garten

Visiting Fiji for the first time as Secretary-General, António Guterres outlined two “fundamental challenges” facing leaders attending the Pacific Islands Forum on Tuesday, namely climate change and the world’s rising ocean, which threatens to submerge low-lying nations. “The Pacific region is on the frontline of climate change”, he said. “That means you are also our important allies in the fight ... Read More »

Impact of high debt levels on LDCs ‘can’t be overstated’: UN

The impact of high levels of debt on development efforts “cannot be overstated”, the head of the United Nations Development Fund (UNDP) told a Ministerial Breakfast Meeting on least development countries (LDCs) on Saturday. “While debt financing remains an important source for achieving positive development outcomes in LDCs, the recent trends are a cause for concern” UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner ... Read More »

SDGs ‘once-in-a-generation opportunity’

Unless the world faces its “social, economic and environmental challenges head-on”, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), will not be met. Addressing the final plenary of the UN Youth Forum on Tuesday, he warned that “the once-in-a-generation opportunity we have to end poverty and bring lasting prosperity for all on a healthy planet, ... Read More »

UN urges BD govt not to relocate Rohingya refugees

Dhaka, March 25 – United Nations (UN) on Monday urged the govt of Bangladesh not to relocate Rohingyas to Bhasan Char before reaching a consensus with them on the modalities. Appreciating the Bangladesh government’s move to decongest the overcrowded settlements of Rohingyas in Cox’s Bazar, UN in a press release said they are discussing with the government the ‘critical protection ... Read More »

Model UN conference held in Rajshahi

Rajshahi, Jan 19 – A Model UN Conference, organised by the Paramount School and College, was held in Rajshahi on Saturday. The conference was held with International Press (IP), United Nation Development Programme (UNDP), United Nation Environment Program (UNEP) and the United Nation Security Council (UNSC). A total of 50 delegates from 15 Institutions took part in the program. Professor ... Read More »