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‘We must continue to believe in the power of diplomacy,’ India says in UN...

The Minister outlined India’s commitment to multilateralism, evidenced, he said, by the decision to supply vaccines to over 100 nations, provide disaster relief to...

Flood-ravaged Pakistan’s leader appeals for urgent global support in UN address |

“No words can describe the shock we are living through or how the face of the country lies transformed,” Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif told the...

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine ‘tramples on the UN Charter’ says Japanese Prime Minister |

He noted that the UN has been playing a central role in the development of an international order where the rule of law is...

Alarm over Iranian woman’s death after ‘improper’ hijab arrest |

Mahsa Amini was arrested a week ago by Iran’s “morality police” in Teheran. The 22-year-old, whose Kurdish name is Jhina - fell into a...

Sri Lanka: WFP helps alleviate stress of pregnancy amidst skyrocketing food prices  |

An ongoing economic crisis and political turmoil have pushed food price inflation to above 90 percent, with a shortage of fuel disrupting access, livelihoods,...

UN independent expert proposes action plan to boost human rights in Cambodia |

UN Special Rapporteur Vitit Muntarbhorn announced the plan on Friday at the conclusion of an 11-day mission to the country.  Although Cambodia has achieved much...

Myanmar: 5 years since Rohingya mass exodus, UNHCR urges solutions  |

“The latest exodus from Myanmar is now officially defined as being a protracted situation,” UNHCR spokesperson Shabia Mantoo told journalists at a regular press briefing in...

UN deplores deadly attack in Afghanistan, killing scores and injuring many others |

“We deplore yesterday’s attack in a Kabul Mosque, the latest in a disturbing series of bombings which have killed & injured more than 250...

Nuclear-free Mongolia a ‘symbol of peace in a troubled world’: Guterres |

Mr. Guterres was speaking to journalists at a press conference in the capital, Ulaanbaatar, following a meeting with the Foreign Minister, Battsetseg Batmunkh. 

UN Human Rights Office ‘deplores’ executions in Singapore |

“We deplore the hanging today of two men in Singapore and are deeply troubled by the planned execution of two others on 5 August,”...

Top rights experts urge repeal of Hong Kong’s national security law |

Chinese and Hong Kong officials have said the law, imposed “overnight” by Beijing in June 2020, was necessary to restore and safeguard stability after...

Sri Lanka: UN chief calls for dialogue to ensure ‘smooth transition’ of power |

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has yet to comment publicly on the occupation of his residence, along with that of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, but the...

Record high inflation and skyrocketing prices leave 6.26 million Sri Lankans food insecure |

As prices keep healthy meals out of reach, some 61 per cent of households are regularly using food-based coping strategies, such as reducing the...

In Afghanistan, women take their lives out of desperation, Human Rights Council hears |

It comes as the top UN rights forum in Geneva agreed to Member States’ request for a rare Urgent Debate on the issue this...

Myanmar: Shocking toll on children must be spur to action, says UN rights expert ...

Three months since his last update to the UN rights forum in Geneva, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Thomas...

Life-saving relief continues to reach quake-hit eastern Afghanistan |

One of the UN teams on the ground, the refugee agency UNHCR, transported tons of relief items into the provinces of Khost and Paktika, where several...

Talking to the Taliban ‘only way forward’ in Afghanistan |

Ambassadors stood and observed a minute of silence for the victims of the disaster before being briefed by Ramiz Alakbarov, Deputy Special Representative at...

UN agencies rush to aid Afghanistan following deadly quake |

At least 1,000 people have been killed, according to media reports, and numbers are expected to rise.    UN humanitarian agency OCHA said the 5.9...

Myanmar’s multidimensional crises have ‘deepened and expanded dramatically’ |

Noeleen Heyzer said that since she took up the job six months ago, Myanmar has “continued to descend into profound and widespread conflict”. Already one of...

UNHCR chief urges support for Bangladesh to save Rohingya lives, ‘build hope’ |

“The world must remember the crisis that Rohingya refugees and their hosts have been facing for the last five years,” Filippo Grandi said after...

Afghanistan: Taliban orders women to stay home; cover up in public |

According to information received by UNAMA, this is a formal directive rather than a recommendation, any violations of which will lead to the punishment...

Deadly mosque explosion ‘another painful blow to the people of Afghanistan’ |

The blast at the Khalifa Sahib mosque, located in the Darulaman area in the west of the city, is the latest in a series...

Millet seeds, a powerful weapon against hunger |

Subasa Mohanta is no stranger to hunger. It has been a constant in the lives of this 50-year-old farmer, her husband, and two children. Despite...