WASHINGTON, Feb. 13: Nearly half of the world's migratory species are in decline, according to a new United Nations report released Monday.

Nepal to review SDGs

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KATHMANDU, Jan 17: Nepal is going to prepare a 'Voluntary National Review' report on sustainable development by June and present it at the meeting of the high-level political forum under the United Nations (UN).

KATHMANDU, Dec 19: Following the United Nations' decision to wind down the peace mission in conflict-ridden Mali, Nepal's involvement in the UN peace efforts has been diminished to 12 missions.

Would you like to be a part of the campaign for safeguarding our planet after the world leaders return to their respective countries following the crucial agreements and negotiations at the United Nations Climate Summit (COP-28) in Dubai? Our participation counts, regardless of whether we were present at the COP-28 conference or not.

The United States vetoed a United Nations resolution demanding an immediate humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza, where Israeli troops rounded up Palestinian men in the northern part of the territory for interrogation, seeking Hamas militants.

KATHMANDU, Dec 6: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defense Purna Bahadur Khadka has expressed Nepal's commitment for playing an effective role in global peacekeeping in association with the United Nations.

KATHMANDU, Nov 7: A number of organizations related to the United Nations on Monday launched a joint emergency response mechanism to help earthquake victims of Western Nepal that has been experiencing continuous jolts since Friday night.

During his four-day official visit to Nepal, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres delivered a powerful message with significant implications for the nation's future. As he departed for New York on Wednesday, his visit left an indelible mark, emphasizing the importance of addressing climate change, concluding the transitional justice process in Nepal, and promoting peace in the region. Guterres' visit coincided with the upcoming United Nations Climate Conference, COP-28, set to be held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, at the end of this year.

KATHMANDU, Nov 1: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who is on a four-day official visit to Nepal, and Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Narayankaji Shrestha held a good will meeting on Tuesday.

GANDAKI, Oct 31: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who arrived in Pokhara on Monday in the course of his four-day official visit to Nepal, has reached the Annapurna Base Camp.

KATHMANDU, Oct 30: Visiting United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said that Nepal's efforts made to its graduation from LDC are praiseworthy.

Visiting United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Gutterres has made a compelling and timely call for Nepal to ensure that its transitional justice (TJ) process meets international standards, adheres to the Supreme Court's rulings, and addresses the needs of the victims.

KATHMANDU, Oct 29: Visiting United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres today paid a courtesy visit to Nepali Congress (NC) President and former Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba.

KATHMANDU, Oct 29: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has arrived in Kathmandu on a four-day official visit to Nepal, on Sunday.

JERUSALEM, Oct 16: An estimated one million people have been displaced in the first seven days of the conflict in Gaza, the United Nations agency supporting Palestinian refugees said Sunday.

GENEVA, Oct 11: Israel's total siege of the Gaza Strip, depriving civilians of goods essential for survival, is banned under international law, the United Nations human rights chief said on Tuesday.

KATHMANDU, Oct 6: Since the formation of the government led by Maoist Center Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal last December, Kathmandu has been the focal point for diplomatic engagements with representatives from powerful nations and international organizations.

KATHMANDU, Sept 21: The International Day of Peace is being observed around the world today. The day is observed at the call of the United Nations.

NEW YORK, Sept 21: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda', who is in New York to represent Nepal in the 78th General Assembly of the United Nations, met with Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre at the United Nations Headquarters on Wednesday.

KATHMANDU, Sept 18: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has said that Nepali citizens outside the country for various reasons will be provided the opportunity to vote in general elections.

KATHMANDU, Aug 8: President Ram Chandra Paudel on Monday appointed Lok Bahadur Thapa as the Ambassador of Nepal to Nepal's Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York.

LONDON, July 15: Global public debt surged to a record $92 trillion in 2022 as governments borrowed to counter crises, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, with the burden being felt acutely by developing countries, a United Nations report said.

WASHINGTON, July 13: World hunger stopped rising in 2022 after growing for seven years but remains above pre-pandemic levels and far off track to be eradicated by 2030, UN agencies said Wednesday. Between 691 million and 783 million people faced hunger last year, with a midrange of 735 million, the five agencies said in a report.

VIENNA, June 27: A United Nations (UN) report published on Monday warned of a sharp rise in the number of drug users globally and ever-expanding illicit drug markets fueled by the easily accessible synthetic drugs.

BEIRUT, May 28: The United Nations on Saturday declared that it has decided to temporarily pause the use of dual currency for next month's disbursement of cash assistance to Syrian refugees in Lebanon. A UN statement said that the agency is discussing with Lebanese authorities the appropriate modalities to give cash assistance to refugees in Lebanon.

GENEVA, May 18: The United Nations on Wednesday demanded a tripling of pledges aimed at filling the global digitization gap, asking countries and the private sector to hike the funding to $100 billion by 2026. Around 2.7 billion people around the world were offline in 2022, according to data from the International Telecommunications Union, the UN's telecoms agency.

Nepal’s Experience with the UN

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Though the UN marks 77th year of its advent this year, Nepal on her part observes the 67th year of her belonging to the UN as she got admitted on 14 December 1955 being the 75th UN member.

KATHMANDU, August 20: The international communities in Nepal including the country representatives of the United Nations (UN) have extended their best wishes for the success of Nepal's unique model of peace process.

KATHMANDU, March 17: Minister for Women, Children and Senior Citizens, Uma Regmi has said that resilient recovery and realization of sustainable development will be a distant dream without the inclusion of women, who constitute more than half of the global population.

GLASGOW, Nov 14: Negotiators closed a deal setting rules for carbon markets at the United NationsCOP26 climate talks on Saturday, potentially unlocking trillions of dollars for protecting forests, building renewable energy facilities and other projects to combat climate change.

China in the United Nations

November 4, 2021 06:30 am

China now heads four of the UN’s 15 Specialized Agencies including the Food and Agriculture Organization, International Telecommunication Union, United Nations Industrial Development, and International Civil Aviation Organization. As the US suspended funding to the WHO in 2020, China promised $2 billion to fight the pandemic. The Economist writes “any retreat by America from global leadership is an opportunity for China.”

In order to build a community with a shared future for mankind, we need to build an open and inclusive world of common prosperity. Similarly, we need to build a world in which we share weal and woe together. And that is possible only in a fair and just world.

LONDON, Oct 27: The United Nations called on Wednesday for the world's biggest economies to ensure net zero commitments made by financial institutions were robust, backed by science and ended financing for new fossil fuel projects.

Afghanistan and the United Nations

September 23, 2021 06:45 am

Was the US withdrawal from Afghanistan its defeat or a tactical move to refocus on a larger strategic contest it sees more seriously challenging its vital national interests and security?

MYANMAR, March 30: About 300 Rohingya Muslim refugees were still unaccounted for last week after a huge fire swept through the world’s biggest refugee settlement in Bangladesh, the U.N. refugee agency said on Tuesday.

In defense of the United Nations

September 21, 2020 13:22 pm

September is known for the annual sessions of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. But this time, most of the activities are being conducted due to Covid-19.This year marks UN’s 75th anniversary, although the collective future of the organization is shrouded in unilateralism, nationalism and populism. The intergovernmental organization should have been the desirable multilateral forum for finding solutions to many of the world’s most pressing problems—from pandemic to nuclear weapons to disruptive technologies to devastating wildfires. That is not the case at the moment. Instead, the global body has been the prisoner of the politics of big powers.

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE, Sept 18: U.S. President Donald Trump will not travel to New York on Tuesday for his speech to the United Nations General Assembly, but will deliver the address from the White House, his chief of staff, Mark Meadows, said on Thursday.

KATHMANDU, Sept 18: Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli will be addressing the General Debate of the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) virtually on September 25, 2020.

KATHMANDU, Aug 27:  United Nations Secretary-General’s Task Force on Digital Finance on Thursday released a new report titled “People’s Money: Harnessing Digitalization to Finance a Sustainable Future”, spelling out how digital finance can be harnessed in ways that empower citizens as tax-payers and investors in envisaging a digital transformation at scale that better aligns people’s money with their needs, collectively expressed by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

WASHINGTON, July 31:The annual meeting of world leaders at the United Nations is going virtual this year for the first time in its 75-year history because of the COVID-19 pandemic — except for the likely personal appearance by President Donald Trump.

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II and the 75th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations. The spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated around the world, which has hit over 210 countries and regions, claimed over 400,000 precious lives, and posed a serious threat to people all over the world.  As Antonio Guterres, secretary general of the United Nations, warned, the current coronavirus outbreak is the biggest challenge for the world since World War II.  He also called on the world to remember the lessons of 1945 and work together to end the pandemic and build a future of peace, safety and dignity for all.

KATHMANDU, April 30 : The United Nations has urged governments around the world to dramatically overhaul policies and invest in public health, economic stimulus, social safety nets and affordable internet access to help their countries recover faster from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

KATHMANDU, April 2: Three different United Nations (UN) agencies including the UNICEF, ILO, and the UN Women have urged the government for greater support to working families to minimize the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown on children, laborers, and women.

KATHMANDU, Mar 1: The International Trade Centre (ITC), a multilateral joint agency under the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the United Nations, is providing US$ 9 million to help boost the production and export of Nepali coffee and Chyangra Pashmina.

KATHMANDU, Mar 1: Chief of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Michelle Bachelet has expressed concern over Nepal’s long-delayed transitional justice (TJ) process.

GENEVA, Feb 21: The United Nations said on Friday ceasefire talks were back on track between the forces fighting over Libya’s capital, days after the internationally recognized government pulled out of the negotiations as its foes shelled Tripoli’s port.

KATHMANDU, Jan 27: Unconvinced by the government’s approach to the transitional justice (TJ) process, Nepal’s conflict victims have threatened to invite the international community including the United Nations to intervene in the ‘botched’ justice process.  They believe recent government efforts taken toward resolving the conflict-era cases have dampened the hopes of the conflict victims.

KATHMANDU, Dec 5: International Volunteers Day (IVD) is being observed in Nepal today by organizing various programs.

KATHMANDU, Nov 20: The government is preparing to hold consultations on the draft of the Transitional Justice (TJ) bill in all seven provinces in a bid to seek wider support for the controversial bill.