India rescues 81 Rohingya on drifting boat, 8 dead, one missing

India’s coastguard finds 81 survivors and eight dead on a boat crammed with Rohingya refugees adrift in the Andaman Sea. India’s coastguard has found 81 survivors and eight dead on a boat crammed with Rohingya refugees adrift in the Andaman Sea, an Indian foreign ministry official said. The official on Friday added that the survivors […]

US announces it will seek seat on UN Human Rights Council

Secretary of State Blinken says Washington hopes to return to the rights body after Donald Trump’s withdrawal in 2018. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told the United Nations Human Rights Council on Wednesday that Washington will seek a permanent seat on the panel for the 2022-2024 term. The announcement is the latest instance of […]

‘Political move’: Sri Lanka urges rejection of UNHRC resolution

Sri Lanka subjected to ‘unprecedented propaganda campaign’, the foreign minister says in video address to the UN Human Rights Council. Sri Lanka has urged the United Nations Human Rights Council to reject a forthcoming resolution voicing “serious concern” over the “deteriorating” rights situation in the country. Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena told the council it would […]

US Senate confirms Thomas-Greenfield as UN ambassador

New UN ambassador faces diplomatic task turning around US leadership at United Nations after Trump era. The United States Senate on Tuesday confirmed diplomat Linda Thomas-Greenfield to be the US ambassador to the United Nations. Thomas-Greenfield was confirmed by a vote 78-20 as President Joe Biden’s nominee to represent the US at the UN. A second […]

What to watch as Biden admin ‘re-engages’ with UN

The United States Senate is set to confirm President Joe Biden’s nominee for ambassador to the United Nations this week, a major step in the administration’s drive to take a multilateral approach to foreign policy and mend Washington’s relationship with the international body. While the country has held an outsized role at the UN since […]

Italian ambassador to DR Congo dies after UN convoy attacked

The Italian ambassador and a policeman travelling with him were killed after a UN convoy was attacked near the town of Kanyamahoro. The Italian ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and a military policeman travelling with him have been killed in an attack on a United Nations convoy in eastern DRC, the Italian […]

Biden tells Munich Security Conference ‘America is back’

In his first big appearance on the global stage, President Joe Biden promised the Group of Seven (G7) leaders during the virtual Munich Security Conference that the United States was recommitted to multilateral engagement. “America is back,” he said on Friday, breaking away from his predecessor Donald Trump’s isolationist foreign policy that saw the US […]

UN experts: Loss of Kashmir autonomy undermining minority rights

Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir – United Nations human rights experts have expressed concern over India’s decision to strip Kashmir’s limited autonomy in 2019 and the subsequent passing of new laws, which they warned “could curtail the previous level of political participation of Muslims and other minorities”. The statement on Thursday came a day after nearly two […]

Yemen famine could threaten opportunity for peace, UN warns

UN Yemen mediator Martin Griffiths also called for a stop to a Houthi offensive on the government-held city of Marib. An enormous famine could wipe out a new opportunity created by renewed US engagement to end the war in Yemen, top United Nations officials have told the Security Council. UN Yemen mediator Martin Griffiths also […]

UN chief backs new blueprint to end ‘suicidal’ war on nature

A new scientific blueprint for tackling climate change, pollution and the accelerating loss of plant and animal species shows how to end the world’s “suicidal” war on nature, UN chief Antonio Guterres has said. “Humanity is waging war on nature. This is senseless and suicidal,” Guterres wrote in the preface of the United Nations Environment […]

UN chief, climate envoy Kerry to mark US return to Paris accord

Return to 2015 climate agreement comes as Biden administration seeks to re-engage in international organisations. United States Special Presidential Envoy on Climate John Kerry and United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres are to “celebrate” the US’s return to the Paris Agreement, the US state department has announced. The event on Friday will mark Washington’s official return […]

‘Wildly unfair’: UN boss says 10 nations used 75% of all vaccines

Antonio Guterres urges wealthy nations to lead global effort to ensure people in every country get inoculated for COVID as soon as possible. The United Nations chief has sharply criticised the “wildly uneven and unfair” distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, pointing out that just 10 countries have administered 75 percent of all vaccinations. Addressing a high-level […]

UN chief: CAR peacekeeping force needs 3,700 reinforcements

The UN chief says 2,750 military reinforcements and 940 additional police are needed to help the peacekeeping mission. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is recommending an increase of nearly 3,700 soldiers and police to bolster the UN peacekeeping force in the Central African Republic (CAR), saying the conflict-torn country is at “a critical juncture”. The […]

UN ‘alarmed’ at military escalation in Yemen’s Marib

The UN’s humanitarian chief says he is “very alarmed” by a Houthi rebel advance on the Yemeni government’s last northern stronghold, saying an assault on the city of Marib could endanger millions of civilians. Mark Lowcock, the UN undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs, tweeted on Tuesday that an assault would endanger two million civilians and could […]

UN envoy draws rebuke for bid to relax Venezuela sanctions

Opposition forces in Venezuela cry foul saying UN representative is falling into ‘regime propaganda’ of Nicolas Maduro. A UN envoy said US and EU sanctions on Venezuela were worsening a humanitarian crisis and recommended that the United States relax the measures, drawing criticism from the country’s opposition, who labelled it on Friday as “regime propaganda”. […]

‘World is watching’: UN warns Myanmar after coup

The United Nations human rights investigator for Myanmar has urged the UN Security Council to consider imposing punitive sanctions, arms embargoes and travel bans in response to a military coup. The United States, which imposed its own sanctions on Thursday, urged other UN member states to follow suit, in its first remarks to the Human […]

UN envoy for Yemen in Iran for talks on long-running conflict

Martin Griffiths’s trip is part of efforts to bring together more diplomatic, regional and international support for a negotiated political solution to Yemen’s war. Martin Griffiths, the United Nations envoy for Yemen, has visited Iran for the first time amid renewed efforts to end a long-running war that has caused the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. During […]

Iran calls for UN response over Israeli military action threat

An Israel general said its military is preparing ‘operational plans’ in reaction to Iran boosting its nuclear programme. Tehran, Iran – Iran’s representative to the United Nations has protested recent Israeli military action threats against the country, calling on the intergovernmental organisation to interfere. In a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Majid Takht-Ravanchi said Israel […]

Rights groups call for review of Bangladeshi UN troop deployments

Seven prominent human rights groups have called on the United Nations to review its use of Bangladeshi peacekeeping troops after the world body denied claims by the country’s military that secretly bought mass surveillance equipment, exposed by Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit, was used for peacekeeping missions. The Al Jazeera investigation, All the Prime Minister’s Men, […]

UN warns situation in Ethiopia’s Tigray now ‘extremely alarming’

UN says most of the troubled region remains ‘inaccessible’ for aid workers amid growing hunger due to ongoing fighting. Life for civilians in Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region has become “extremely alarming and continues to deteriorate rapidly” as hunger grows and fighting remains an obstacle to aid reaching millions of people, the United Nations has said. […]

UN’s top court dismisses Qatar discrimination case against UAE

The ICJ upholds objections raised by the UAE that the 2017 blockade measures were not racially motivated. The United Nations’ top court has dismissed a case brought by Qatar against the United Arab Emirates alleging it had imposed blockade measures, which have since been lifted, that amounted to racial discrimination. The court, formally known as […]

UN calls for Bangladesh army probe after Al Jazeera investigation

The United Nations is calling for a full investigation into evidence of corruption and illegality involving the Bangladesh army, which was exposed during an investigation released by Al Jazeera on Monday. The corruption involves Bangladesh’s Chief of Army Staff, General Aziz Ahmed, who is due to meet senior UN officials in New York next week. […]

Beyond the Beirut explosion: The many dangers of ammonium nitrate

On August 4, 2020, nearly 2,750 tonnes of improperly stored ammonium nitrate exploded in the seaport in Beirut, killing more than 200 people, injuring more than 6,000, and displacing thousands from their homes. As Beirut residents still await answers from the official investigation, it is important not to brush aside this incident as the product […]

Continued increase in COVID cases and deaths in LatAm: PAHO

Officials said the new Brazil variant, as well as two others, have spread to 20 countries in the Americas. While coronavirus infections are finally decreasing in the United States and Canada after weeks of unrelenting rise, cases and deaths continue to increase in Latin American countries, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said on Wednesday. […]