NEW YORK, Oct 4: Various countries including Nepal have been voicing for reform in the United Nations (UN), especially the structure of its Security Council, for years to increase their representation in the decision-making bodies of the organization.

KATHMANDU, Sept 27: Nepali delegation to the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly engaged in a number of important events and bilateral meetings in New York on Friday on the sidelines of the ongoing General Debate.

NEW DELHI, Sept 27: An Indian girl who was among the 16 young activists filing a complaint at the United Nations accusing countries of inaction on climate change has taken that step before.

UN Budget : Who Has Paid Their Dues?

September 25, 2019 00:00 am

All permanent UN members have made their full regular payments to the intergovernmental body, except the United States.

NEW YORK, Sept 22: Millions of youths and school students marched on the streets around the world on Friday to draw the attention of their governments for climate action, ahead of the 74th General Assembly of the United Nations.

KATHMANDU, Aug 28: Nepal and Saint Lucia established formal diplomatic relations in New York on Wednesday.

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 15: The U.N. Security Council is due to meet behind-closed-doors on Friday at the request of China and Pakistan to discuss India’s decision to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, diplomats said.

BRUSSELS, Aug 13: The United Nations refugee agency urgently appealed to European governments Tuesday to let two migrant rescue ships disembark more than 500 passengers who remain stranded at sea as countries bicker over who should take responsibility for them.

GENEVA, Aug 13: United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet urged Hong Kong authorities on Tuesday to exercise restraint and investigate evidence of its forces firing tear gas at protesters in ways banned by international law.

KATHMANDU, Aug 12: International Youth Day is being observed across the country today by organizing various programs.

JAKARTA, Aug 5: United Nations investigators urged world leaders on Monday to impose targeted financial sanctions on companies linked to the military in Myanmar and said foreign firms doing business with them could be complicit in international crimes.

CAIRO, Aug 5: The United Nations investigators assembled in the departure hall of Sanaa’s airport were preparing to leave with precious evidence: laptops and external drives collected from the staff of the World Health Organization.

VIENNA, July 22: U.N. nuclear watchdog chief Yukiya Amano has died, the International Atomic Energy Agency said on Monday, the day he had been expected to announce he would step down early because of an illness that had visibly weakened him over the past year.

KATHMANDU, July 16: The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has expressed deep sorrow over the deadly monsoon-triggered incidents that took place across South and South-East Asia including Nepal, Bagladesh, Nepal and Myanmar leaving many people dead, injuring and displacing many others and depriving them of their properties.

SEOUL, South Korea, July 12: South Korea said Friday it wants an investigation by the United Nations or another international body as it continues to reject Japanese claims that Seoul could not be trusted to faithfully implement sanctions against North Korea.

KATHMANDU, July 10: Permanent Mission of Nepal to the United Nations in New York and the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) jointly organized an event titled "Impacts of Climate Change on the Mountains" at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on Wednesday.

June 29: Over 7,500 children have been killed or wounded in Yemen in the last 5 1/2 years as a result of airstrikes, shelling, fighting, suicide attacks, mines and other unexploded ordnance, according to a U.N. report released Friday.

ROME, June 23: Members of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have started voting to elect the new head of the United Nation’s food agency.

PM Oli attends reception in Geneva

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GENEVA, June 10: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and members of his delegation attended a reception organized Sunday evening by Nepal's Permanent Mission to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva.

LUMBINI May 19: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has vowed to revive an international committee formed  under the United Nations  some 49 years ago for the development  of  Lumbini,  birthplace of Lord Gautam Buddha, and garner international support for that purpose.

GENEVA, May 14: Myanmar's military commanders should be financially "isolated" and brought to trial to face charges of war crimes and genocide against the Rohingya minority, UN investigators said Tuesday.

KATHMANDU, May 8: Nepal has been elected member of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND), one of the functional commissions of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

Agenda for Europe

May 6, 2019 00:25 am

AMSTERDAM – The European Union has spent much of the past decade managing crises, and has even faced a possible threat to its continued existence. Popular attitudes toward the EU have soured, too. Whereas citizens were generally positive about the first two waves of European integration in the 1950s and 1980s, they have been increasingly critical of the EU since at least 2008-2009, if not earlier. The key question in Europe nowadays is this: are we better off with or without each other?

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GENEVA, April 12: The United Nations human rights office on Friday urged judicial authorities to ensure that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, currently in British custody and the subject of an extradition request from United States, gets a fair trial.

KATHMANDU, April 12: The United Nations Headquarters has said that Nepali soldiers would continue to stay in troubled Libyan capital city of Tripoli.

TRIPOLI/ROME, April 11: Fighting between eastern Libyan forces and Tripoli government troops killed 56 people and forced 6,000 to flee their homes in the capital in the last week, the United Nations said on Thursday, as France and Italy wrangled over how to respond to the renewed conflict.

KATHMANDU, April 11: The Nepal government has already informed the United Nations that it would withdraw its peacekeeping forces from war-torn Libya if conditions continue to worsen. The United States and India have already pulled their security forces amid escalating conflict.

GENEVA, April 9: The UN’s health body announced Tuesday said local facilities had reported 47 people killed and 181 wounded in clashes between the Libyan National Army (LNA) and militias countering its advance on the capital, Tripoli.

The United Nations has condemned “cruel and inhuman” laws set to take effect in Brunei this week that impose death by stoning for gay sex and adultery, and amputations for theft.

KATHMANDU, March 31: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence, Ishwar Pokhrel, held a meeting with the UN Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, on Friday morning. During the meeting, the two sides discussed the issues related to the UN peacekeeping, including its critical role in the prevention and resolution of conflicts in the areas of its deployment.

Nepal as tax-free zone

March 30, 2019 00:25 am

It has been a long time when this historical event took place but the old timers among us may recall the sensation created in 1975 when late King Birendra announced to the international community his proposal of Nepal to be recognized as Zone of Peace. He asked the country’s foreign missions to work vigorously with their host countries to push the United Nations to declare Nepal a Zone of Peace country.

United Nations, Mar 26: Top UN officials say the number of people needing humanitarian aid in Congo has increased dramatically in the past year to 13 million, including 7.5 million children.

Describing how we was “deeply saddened by the loss of life and heart-wrenching images of human suffering” in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, António Guterres also praised rescue teams “who have been working around the clock to save thousands of lives” in desperately challenging conditions.

GENEVA, March 18: Israel is depriving millions of Palestinians of access to a regular supply of clean water while stripping their land of minerals “in an apparent act of pillage”, a United Nations human rights investigator said on Monday.

The UN has published a comprehensive and rigorous assessment on the state of the environment this week, warning that ecological damage to the planet is becoming so dire that millions of lives will soon be at risk unless urgent action is taken.

KATHMANDU, March 15: President Bidya Devi Bhandari is returning home today afternoon after participating in the high-level event on ‘Women in Power' organized by the President of the United Nations General Assembly.

The former Ecuadorian Minister of Foreign Affairs who leads the 193-member world body, pointed out that in 2105 it would have taken 30 years to close the gender gap, but now, she told the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), if current trends continue, gender parity will not be reached for “107 years”.

KATHMANDU, March 13: President Bidya Devi Bhandari participated in the high-level event on ‘Women in Power’ organized by the President of General Assembly (PGA) during the 63rd session of the Commission of the Status of Women (CSW-63), on Tuesday.

KATHMANDU, March 9: President Bidya Devi Bhandari is leaving for the United States on Sunday to participate in the High-Level Event on Women in Power to be hosted by the President of the UN General Assembly (PGA) Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces on March 12 in New York.

KATHMANDU, March 9: Nepal's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Amrit Bahadur Rai presented his credentials to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres at a special ceremony held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, on Saturday.

ISLAMABAD, March 1: Pakistan plans to lodge a complaint against India at the United Nations, accusing it of “eco-terrorism” over air strikes that damaged pine trees and brought the nuclear-armed nations to blows, a government minister said on Friday.

FEB 18: 6 things to know by 6 PM today

February 18, 2019 18:00 pm

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UNITED NATIONS, Feb 18: Yemeni government and Houthi representatives have reached an agreement on the first phase of their redeployment of forces under a U.N.-sponsored deal for the warring armies to leave the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah, the United Nations said on Sunday.

GENEVA, Feb 12: Boosting the number of women and girls entering careers involving STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) is vital to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, UN chief António Guterres said on Monday, in a message to mark the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

UNITED NATIONS, Jan 31: More than 6700 children have been killed since the outbreak of the Yemen war in 2015, the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) announced yesterday.

UNITED NATIONS, Jan 30: The UN agency for Palestinian refugees on Tuesday appealed to nations to help it maintain a US$1.2-billion budget in 2019 after it was hit last year by the withdrawal of U.S. funding.

Jan 24: 6 things to know by 6 PM today

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NAIROBI, KENYA, Jan 2 : Somalia’s government has ordered the United Nations envoy to the country to leave, amid questions over the arrest of the al-Shabab extremist group’s former deputy leader who had run for a regional presidency.

KATHMANDU, Dec 23: Nepal has been elected as a member of the organizational committee of the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) on Friday.