UNITED NATIONS - India's Aniruddha Rajput has been elected by the UN General Assembly to the International Law Commission (ILC). Rajput received 160 votes on Thursday, outpolling the other nine Asian candidates vying for the seven ILC seats for the region. Among them, Japan's candidate got 148 votes and China's 146. A total of 34 candidates were elected to five-year terms on the Geneva-based body that works on developing...
UNITED NATIONS - The UN celebrated Diwali for the first time this year. "Happy Diwali! UN celebrates Diwali for 1st time," Syed Akbaruddin, India's permanent representative to the UN, tweeted on Saturday night. "Thank you President of the General Assembly for this initiative," he said. "It is a privilege and honour to serve India at UN. I am humbled. Thank you for all the good wishes," Akbaruddin added.
MUMBAI - United Nations' Virtual Reality app, UNVR, has acquired Indian documentary in VR, titled "Cost of Coal". Anand Gandhi, best known for his directorial "Ship of Theseus", and his team at Memesys Culture Lab are the minds behind the film, helmed by filmmaker Faiza Khan. It is based in Korba, Chhattisgarh, where about a fourth of India's coal is mined, leaving the land ravaged, air and water contaminated and lives disrupted.
UNITED NATIONS - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the adoption of the critically important amendment to cut production and use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), at a meeting in Kigali, Rwanda. The amendment was agreed upon to the Montreal Protocol phasing-down production and use of HFCs, which are powerful, short-lived greenhouse gases that contributes to climate change,
UNITED NATIONS - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday called on countries to strengthen climate protection by reducing the use of hydrofluorocarbons, saying that the international community should "do more to protect our atmosphere".C"The world has changed since we last marked International Ozone Day," the secretary-general said in his message to mark the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer,
UNITED NATIONS - Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman enthralled a packed audience at the iconic UN General Assembly hall with his renditions of Indian Carnatic legend M S Subbulakshmi’s music, Sufi songs and the foot-tapping ‘Jai Ho’ at a concert to mark India’s 70th Independence Day here. Rahman, 49, became only the second Indian artist after Subbulakshmi to perform in the General Assembly hall,
UNITED NATIONS - India has made the starting contribution to the trust fund set up by the UN for victims of sex abuse by peacekeepers, a spokesperson for Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced on Friday. The spokesperson, Farhan Haq, told reporters that India's contribution of $100,000 was the first to the fund established in March to help the victims of sex abuse by UN peacekeepers. "India has illustrated its strong commitment...
UNITED NATIONS - China's Permanent Representative Liu Jieyi has reiterated Beijing's claim that Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohamed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar does not qualify as a terrorist who would have to face UN sanctions. Speaking to reporters here Friday after assuming the rotating presidency of the Security Council, Liu asserted that Azhar did not meet "the Council's requirements" to be considered a terrorist.
UNITED NATIONS - Indian-origin law professor Surya Deva has been appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council as an adviser on human rights and multinationals and businesses. The Council approved in Geneva on Thursday his appointment to the position formally known as "Special Procedure Mandate Holder". He will be a member of the four-member Working Group on the issue of human rights...
UNITED NATIONS - India has challenged the world body to rise above the differences of its members over fighting terrorism and adopt an international convention to unitedly combat the spreading menace. "Every day we are faced with distressing reminders to governments, societies and individuals of the threat held out by terrorists," India's Permanent Representative Syed Akbaruddin said on Thursday after a briefing by...