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As UNGA chief arrives today, India to push text-based talks on reforms

The Ministry of External Affairs is quite happy with the development, as was disclosed by its official spokesperson.

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Pakistan contacts United Nations over cancellation of NSA-level talks

Pakistan decided against sending its NSA Sartaj Aziz to Delhi to meet his counterpart Ajit Doval because it found the Indian condition of not inviting Kashmiri separatists for consultations unacceptable.

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UN chief Ban Ki-moon’s envoy for youth to visit India this week

The UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth is mandated with the task of bringing the voices of young people to the United Nations System.

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War-torn Yemen on brink of famine, warns United Nation

The lack of basic foodstuffs, shortage of clean water, and diminished fuel supply have created “the dawn of a perfect storm for the most vulnerable Yemeni people”, according to WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin.

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UN to let Iran inspect alleged nuclear work site

The revelation on Wednesday riled Republican lawmakers in the U.S. who have been severely critical of a broader agreement to limit Iran’s future nuclear programs.

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Yemen conflict has killed nearly 400 children: UN report

The report says that as of a week ago, 398 children have been killed, 377 have been recruited to fight and 1.3 million have fled their homes.

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Italian marines case: UN tribunal hears Italy-India row over fishermen deaths

Italy maintains that the shooting occurred in international waters, that the fishermen were mistaken for pirates and the case should be heard in an Italian court.

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Climate change: UN chief Ban Ki-moon welcomes Barack Obama’s plan

“President Obama’s leadership by example is essential for bringing other key countries on board and securing a universal, durable and meaningful agreement in Paris in December.”

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US envoy to United Nations visits Cuba’s UN Mission, a first in decades

After almost 54 years of hostilities, US President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro announced on December 17 that they would negotiate a restoration of ties.

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Russia’s Putin voices opposition to International Tribunal for MH17

The Kremlin quoted Putin as saying a tribunal would be “inexpedient” because Russia still has “a lot of questions” about the investigation to which it had little access.

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United Nations observer group probing ceasefire violation along Indo-Pak border unable to draw conclusion

The UN has long maintained an institutional presence in the contested area between India and Pakistan.

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Start investing in books, rather than in weapons, says Malala Yousafzai

Governments must “start investing in books, education and hope, rather than in weapons, war and conflicts,” Malala said, reiterating that some 100 countries committed to provide free education to all children by 2030.

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India made ‘impressive progress’ in providing primary education: UN Report

“India has made impressive progress in the provision of primary education but is struggling to do the same for lower
secondary education,” the report said.

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India reduces open defecation by 31 per cent: UN report

It said India is among the 16 countries that have reduced open defecation rates by at least 25 percentage points. The progress termed as “moderate” by the UN report.

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United Nations: Internet companies should respond to extremist exploitation

A UN panel is calling for Internet and social media companies to respond to the exploitation of their services by al-Qaida and other extremist groups who use the web to recruit fighters and spout “increasingly horrific propaganda.” The panel recommended in a report circulated Wednesday that these companies brief the Security Council committee monitoring sanctions […]