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PM Modi participates in COP-28 Presidency’s session on 'Transforming Climate Finance' | Antony Blinken calls for Iraq to protect US installations | Several hostages, including grandfather and a kindergarten teacher, killed in Hamas captivity | Counting day for Mizoram assembly election changed to Dec 4 | Mysterious White Lung Syndrome spreads globally, cases reported in US, Denmark, Netherlands

Women farmers pillar of food security: UN

New York, Mar 7 (IBNS): Ahead of International Women’s Day, United Nations food relief agencies gathered to remind the world that women farmers play a central role in achieving food and nutrition security, urging countries to step up efforts to empower rural women who too often do “backbreaking work” to harvest food.

UN review finds vast majority of climate-related disasters

New York, Mar 7 (IBNS): The United Nations office dedicated to disaster risk reduction on Friday appealed to world leaders ahead of a major gathering in northern Japan next week to provide clear, action-oriented guidance to tackle the underlying drivers of risk, such as climate change, which now accounts for 87 per cent of the disasters that have killed some 700,000 people over the past decade.

Ban welcomes important step forward towards Mali peace

New York, Mar 7 (IBNS): Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the progress made towards the establishment of an inclusive peace in Mali in an effort to resolve the country's ongoing crisis, the United Nations spokesperson confirmed on Friday.

UN to scale back food aid to Syrian refugees in Turkey

New York, Mar 7 (IBNS): The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) on Friday said “a critical shortage of funding” has forced it to reduce the number of Syrian refugees it can assist through an innovative electronic voucher system in Turkey, which hosts the largest number of asylum-seekers fleeing fighting in neighbouring Syria.

Road ahead will be difficult in Ukraine: UN political chief

New York, Mar 7 (IBNS): As the Security Council on Friday morning met to hear briefings from top United Nations officials on the political, humanitarian and human rights situations in Ukraine, members heard that the eastern part of the country remains “in limbo.”

Security Council condemns use of chemical weapons in Syria

New York, Mar 7 (IBNS): The Security Council on Friday adopted a resolution strongly condemning the use of any toxic chemical, such as chlorine, as a weapon in Syria and stressing that those who use such weapons must be held accountable.

Ban disappointed over failed progress on South Sudan peace talks

New York, Mar 7 (IBNS): Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday expressed profound disappointment after the unsuccessful conclusion of peace talks in South Sudan and the failure of President Salva Kiir and former Vice President Riek Machar to display statesmanship and reach a power-sharing deal.

UN sets equality targets for 2030

New York, Mar 7 (IBNS): The past 20 years has seen haltering progress on women’s rights issues and, in some areas, outright stagnation and regression, the head of the United Nations entity for gender equality and women’s empowerment said on Friday.

Pakistan: Students form shield for Hindus celebrating Holi in Karachi temple

Karachi, Mar 6 (IBNS) In a bid to show solidarity with Hindus in attendance, the National Student’s Federation (NSF) organised the formation of a human shield at the Swami Narayan Temple in Pakistan's Karachi city during a Holi celebration, media reports said on Friday.

FBI team investigates Roy murder scene

Dhaka, Mar 6 (IBNS) A Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) team, which is currently in Bangladesh to investigate writer Avijit Roy's murder case, visited the crime scene at Dhaka University on Friday, media reports said.

Member States must enforce human rights: UN rights chief

New York, Mar 6 (IBNS): The world may be at a “turning point” as violent extremism and intolerance remain pervasive across the spectrum of global society, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Thursday as he urged Member States to uphold the human rights principles underlying their communities in their fight against radicalism.

UN agencies step up aid deliveries in northern Iraq

New York, Mar 6 (IBNS): Several United Nations agencies are working closely with humanitarian partners to deliver life-saving assistance to thousands of families in the Salah al-Din Governorate of Iraq amid heavy fighting between Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which has caused the displacement of thousands of people.

World food prices dip to lowest level since July 2010

New York, Mar 6 (IBNS): Food prices dipped to a 55-month low in February, dropping a steady per cent from the previous month and 14 per cent below its level compared to a year earlier, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported on Thursday.

Gaza: UN reports undermining living standards due to blockade

New York, Mar 6 (IBNS): The living conditions of nearly 2 million Palestinians residing in the Gaza Strip have been undermined by the enduring blockade against the enclave, the United Nations humanitarian office reported on Thursday.

WHO announces start of Ebola vaccine testing in Guinea

New York, Mar 6 (IBNS): The World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Thursday that it will begin conducting Ebola vaccination trials in Guinea this week, which if found effective, could be the “game-changer to finally end the epidemic” that has affected nearly 24,000 people, mostly in West Africa.