GENEVA, Oct 12: There has been a dramatic increase in extreme weather events in the past 20 years, which are taking a heavy human and economic toll worldwide and are on track to expand further, and Asia has been hardest-hit, the United Nations said on Monday.

KATHMANDU, Oct 10: The United Nations in Nepal has urged the government of Nepal to take urgent action to address the increasing mental health problems in the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

JOHANNESBURG, Sept 27: In a year of cataclysm, some world leaders at this week’s annual United Nations meeting are taking the long view, warning: If COVID-19 doesn’t kill us, climate change will.

KATHMANDU, Sept 22: While reaffirming Nepal’s commitment to peace, prosperity and justice, Prime Minister KP Sharma has called for strengthening the United Nations and empowering it as the centre of multilateralism to deal with the complex challenges the world is confronting today.

It’s time to reform the UN

May 17, 2020 15:30 pm

DOHA – The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed many institutional weaknesses, but above all, it has shown that the United Nations is in urgent need of reform. In particular, the response of the World Health Organization – the UN’s global health agency – to the virus has revealed obvious shortcomings, which reflect a lack of international consensus and cooperation, as well as widespread protectionism on the part of its stakeholders.

KATHMANDU, April 11: The inflow of remittance has begun to witness a sharp plunge. The tourism industry faces the biggest catastrophe in Nepal's recent history. And there is only a slim chance for the country's exports to grow any further.

GENEVA, March 30: Developing countries will need a $2.5 trillion support package this year to face the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, a U.N. report said on Monday.

KATHMANDU, Jan 18: Amid forecast of the US-based National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) that the smoke from Australia's fires will make a full circuit around the world, there are concerns around the world if this would leave impact on other countries as well. Meteorologists and atmospheric scientists in Nepal, however, say there is no need to panic although there are some chances of receiving slightly visible effects in the sky over this Himalayan nation should the fire keep on razing at a dangerous pace.

The specter of war

January 9, 2020 08:15 am

Iran has announced that it is withdrawing from the 2015 Iran Nuclear Deal. Pulling out of the deal that was constraining its uranium enrichment is a clear sign that Iran is considering acquiring a nuclear weapon. This is a major blow to the nonviolent efforts initiated by the Obama administration to bring Iran’s nuclear-arms pursuit to its end. The assassination of Iran’s top military leader, General Qassem Soleimani, essentially has put the countries on a volatile space.

GENEVA, Dec 3 : The United Nations said on Tuesday it was procuring food assistance for 4.1 million Zimbabweans, a quarter of the population in a country where shortages are being exacerbated by runaway inflation and climate-induced drought.

MADRID, Dec 2 : U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Sunday that the world’s efforts to stop climate change have been “utterly inadequate” so far and there is a danger global warming could pass the “point of no return.”

Is Nepal growing as hub for conference?

November 13, 2019 08:02 am

KATHMANDU, Nov 13: Kathmandu recently hosted the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Global Gathering. The four-day event held from November 4 to 7 brought together all SUN government focal points and representatives of their partners from civil society, donors, UN agencies, private sector partners, academia, media, parliamentarians and others for the cause of promoting nutritious food.

GENEVA, Oct 23: A Syrian Kurdish man in his 30s set himself on fire outside the United Nations refugee agency headquarters in Geneva on Wednesday and was quickly airlifted to hospital after the flames were extinguished, police said.

UNITED NATIONS, Sept 17:  As some world leaders question whether the world is facing a climate emergency, more than a dozen cities are stepping up to tackle global warming and sustainable development and will next week pledge to report their progress to the United Nations.

BANGKOK, Aug 16: Myanmar and Bangladesh are making a second attempt to start repatriating Rohingya Muslims after more than 700,000 of them fled a security crackdown in Myanmar almost two years ago, the U.N. refugee agency said Friday.

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 13: U.N. experts say they are investigating at least 35 instances in 17 countries of North Koreans using cyberattacks to illegally raise money for weapons of mass destruction programs — and they are calling for sanctions against ships providing gasoline and diesel to the country.

NEW DELHI, August 11: Authorities enforcing a strict curfew in Indian-administered Kashmir will bring in trucks of essential supplies for an Islamic festival next week, as the divided Himalayan region remained in a lockdown Saturday after India’s decision to strip it of its constitutional autonomy.

WASHINGTON, Aug 8: On the ground, climate change is hitting us where it counts: the stomach — not to mention the forests, plants and animals.

KINSHASA, August 1: A second person died Wednesday of Ebola in Congo’s major crossroads city of Goma, again raising fears the virus could spread beyond the country’s borders as the outbreak enters a second year.

UNITED NATIONS, July 27:  A Saudi Arabia-led military coalition fighting in Yemen killed or injured 729 children during 2018, accounting for nearly half the total child casualties, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a report to the Security Council on Friday that blacklisted the coalition for a third year.

GENEVA, July 26: Airstrikes by the Syrian government and its allies on schools, hospitals, markets and bakeries have killed at least 103 civilians in the past 10 days, including 26 children, U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said in a statement on Friday.

GENEVA, July 12: The U.N. Human Rights Council voted on Thursday to set up an investigation into mass killings during Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s so-called ‘war on drugs’, a step that activists said was long overdue.

KATHMANDU, July 11: The United Nations World Population Day is observed annually on 11 July. The day was established by the governing council of the United Nations Development Program in 1989 to focus on the urgency and importance of population issues.

CAIRO, July 10: The battle between rival militias for the Libyan capital has killed more than 1,000 people since it began in April, the U.N. said Tuesday, a grim milestone in a stalemated conflict partly fueled by regional powers.

UNITED NATIONS, July 10: The UN Security Council on Tuesday held an open debate on the linkage between international terrorism and organized crime.

UNITED NATIONS, June 27: The European Union (EU) on Wednesday firmly supported the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal, regretted over U.S. withdrawal from the deal and asked Iran to implement the agreement.

KATHMANDU, June 26: International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is being observed today with various programs all over the world.

GENEVA, June 24: U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said on Monday that 55,000 captured Islamic State fighters, including foreigners, and their families detained in Syria and Iraq should face fair trials or be freed.

GENEVA/RIYADH, June 20: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and other senior officials should be investigated over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi given credible evidence against them, a U.N. rights investigator said on Wednesday.

GENEVA, June 19:  An independent U.N. report into the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi said Wednesday there is “credible evidence” to warrant further investigation into the possible role of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and suggested sanctions on his personal assets.

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NEW YORK, June 18: India is projected to surpass China as the world's most populous country in the next eight years, a recently-released report of the United Nations said.

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BRUSSELS, June 16: U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called on the European Union to aim for a 55% cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, far more than the bloc’s current target for a 40% reduction.

NEW YORK, June 15: The International Organization for Migration (IOM)—together with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), and the 2019 Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) Chairmanship—is hosting a high-level meeting at the UN Headquarters on Sunday.

BEIJING, June 15: The U.S. government expressed deep concerns to the U.N. about a reported trip by the U.N. counterterrorism chief to the restive Xinjiang region in China’s far west.

NEW YORK, June 12: “At least 19 children have reportedly been killed in Sudan and another 49 have been injured since June 3. I am gravely concerned at the impact of the continuing violence and unrest in the country on children and young people, especially the reported use of excessive force against peaceful protestors.

UNITED NATIONS, June 6: A United Nations emergency relief coordinator says more than 2 million men, women and children could die of starvation in Somalia by summer’s end if international aid is not sent quickly to the drought-stricken African country.

June 5: On the day of World Environment Day, 2019  which has air pollution as its theme, David Boyd, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment, called on states to take urgent action to improve air quality in order to fulfill their human rights obligations.

GENEVA, June 4: Some 7 million people die prematurely every year from air pollution, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment said Monday ahead of World Environment Day, noting there are also success stories.

GENEVA, May 28: North Koreans are forced to pay bribes to officials to survive in their isolated country, where corruption is “endemic” and repression rife, the United Nations human rights office said on Tuesday.

Where people are the happiest

May 24, 2019 09:54 am

In 2012, the UN adopted the GNH with the help of Bhutan and has been releasing an annual report named “World’s Happiness Report” ever since. In 2018, Nepal ranked as the 101st happiest country in a list of 156 countries.

May 23: Violence in Libya killed 20 civilians and injured 69 others, including women and children, in February and March, UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) said Wednesday.

SRINAGAR, May 20: A prominent rights group in Indian-controlled Kashmir is advocating for the United Nations to establish a commission of inquiry to investigate what it calls the endemic use of torture by government forces who have faced a decades-long anti-India uprising in the disputed region.

LUMBINI, May 18: It has been over five decades since then secretary general of the United Nations, U Thant, visited Lumbini and set in motion the UN’s initiatives for the development of Gautam Buddha’s birthplace.

CHRISTCHURCH,  May 14: U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday visited the two New Zealand mosques where 51 worshippers were killed by a gunman in March.

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GENEVA, May 7: The U.N.’s environment program is warning about the overuse of sand resources, saying a three-fold increase in demand over the last 20 years amid increasing population, urbanization and building work has contributed to beach erosion, flooding and drought.

CONGO, May 4: More than 1,000 people have died from Ebola in eastern Congo since August, the country’s health minister said Friday as hostility toward health workers continues to hamper efforts to contain the second-deadliest outbreak of the virus.

UNITED NATIONS, May 4: Heavy fighting in southern Tripoli, including airstrikes and rocket barrages, has taken a toll on civilians and structures alike, forcing more than 50,000 people to leave their homes, a UN spokesman said on Friday.