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Joe Biden, Estonian PM discuss defence, efforts to strengthen NATO: White House

Washington/UNI/Sputnik: US President Joe Biden and Prime Minister of Estonia discussed bilateral defense relations and joint efforts to strengthen NATO’s deterrence capacity, on the sidelines of the United Nations climate conference in Glasgow on Monday, the White House said.

Joe Biden to hold one-on-one meeting with Tayyip Erdogan in Glasgow on Sunday: White House

Washington/UNI/Sputnik: US President Joe Biden will hold a bilateral meeting with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Oct 31, a senior White House official said on Saturday.

With crisis deepening in Mali, UN top envoy says ‘all is not lost’

New York: The UN Special Representative for Mali told the Security Council on Friday that despite collective efforts, “the reality is that the security situation has deteriorated and the crisis is deepening”, across the northwest African nation.

China is strong voice for developing nations in UN: Pakistani FM

Islamabad/UNI/Xinhua: China has emerged as a strong voice for the developing countries in the United Nations (UN) and championed the purposes and principles of the UN charter, the Pakistani Foreign Ministry said.  

Peacekeeping chief encouraged by ‘warming’ relations between Sudan and South Sudan over Abyei

New York: The Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations told the Security Council on Wednesday that he was encouraged by a thaw in relations between South Sudan and Sudan, now that both have established national committees on the question of Abyei, the disputed oil-rich border territory claimed by both countries. 

Half of Afghanistan's population face acute hunger as humanitarian needs grow to record levels: UN

Kabul: More than half the population of Afghanistan – a record 22.8 million people - will face acute food insecurity from November, according to the latest Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) report issued today by the Food Security and Agriculture Cluster of Afghanistan, co-led by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN and the UN World Food Programme.

UN’s top envoy warns Great Lakes Region is ‘at a crossroads’

New York: Speaking at a Security Council meeting on the situation in Africa’s Great Lakes region on Wednesday, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy, Huang Xia, told ambassadors that the countries concerned now stand “at a crossroads”. 

Rush for new profits posing threat to human rights, UN experts warn

New York: The finance industry’s demand for new sources of capital worldwide to satisfy investors, is having a serious negative impact on the enjoyment of human rights, a group of UN-appointed independent rights experts have warned.

Business leaders join UN chief to step up action for sustainability

New York: Business leaders joined UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday, to step up delivery of critical investment, for a ‘sustainable, net zero, resilient and equitable world’.

‘Sexism and misogyny’ heightened; women’s freedoms suppressed

New York: Gender-based violence, hate speech and disinformation are being used extensively online and offline, to chill or kill women’s freedom of expression, an independent UN human rights expert told the General Assembly on Monday.

When disaster strikes, developing countries still too vulnerable

New York: Many developing nations remain unprotected against disaster, even though it is accepted that building community resilience has many benefits, beyond saving lives and livelihoods.

Libya: UN lauds mercenary withdrawal plan on ‘path towards peace and democracy’

New York: The United Nations on Friday welcomed the signing of a long-awaited Action Plan to withdraw mercenaries, foreign fighters and foreign forces from Libya, after years of fighting between warring factions across the oil-rich nation.

Guterres criticizes ‘unprecedented expulsion’ of staff from Ethiopia; calls for focus on saving lives

New York: UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Wednesday urged authorities in Ethiopia to allow vital humanitarian work there to continue, following the recent decision to declare seven of the Organization’s staff persona non grata and expel them from the country.

Children ‘indoctrinated’ to fight for insurgents in Mozambique: UNICEF

New York: In northern Mozambique, worrying reports emerged on Tuesday that children as young as five have been shown how to handle weapons and indoctrinated to fight with insurgents.

At UN trade meeting, Guterres urges ‘quantum leap in support’ for vulnerable nations

New York: Recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic must be sustainable and inclusive, Secretary-General António Guterres said in remarks to a major UN trade conference which opened on Monday in Barbados, unveiling “an urgent four-point debt crisis action plan.”