Former senior Indian diplomat Preeti Saran has been elected unopposed to an Asia Pacific seat on the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) of the UN. The UN's Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) elected the recently-retired External Affairs Ministry Secretary (East) by acclamation on Wednesday to the 18-member committee of experts that monitors the implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESR).
UNITED NATIONS - The US embargo on Cuba is preventing Indian companies from sending medicines and development-related equipment to the Caribbean island nation, according to Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. In his annual report to the General Assembly on the US embargo on Cuba, he said that the State Bank of India (SBI) and at least four other banks have refused to carry out transactions to enable the companies to export...
UNITED NATIONS - India is set to be elected unopposed to the Human Rights Council on Friday as a candidate from the Asia-Pacific region. Only five countries are running for the five vacancies from the region, therefore, all are assured of election. The other four candidates are Bangladesh, Bahrain, Fiji and the Philippines. India's presence on the Council will be important because the previous UN High Commissioner for Human Rights...
UNITED NATIONS - North Korea on Saturday demanded the United States take steps to secure Pyongyang's trust before its denuclearization. "Without any trust in the US there will be no confidence in our national security and under such circumstances there is no way we will unilaterally disarm ourselves first," North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho told the UN General Assembly, Xinhua reported.
UNITED NATIONS - The International Monetary Fund (IMF) cut India's growth projections for this fiscal year to 7.3 per cent and for the next to 7.5 per cent on Monday, although the country will still retain its top spot in the global growth league. But "India's growth remains quite robust into the future; it is down but growing very strongly", said Maury Obstfeld, the director of the IMF's Research Department.
UNITED NATIONS - India has contributed $250,000 to the UN to fund a review of its programme for landlocked developing countries. Accepting the cheque on Thursday, Under Secretary-General Fekitamoeloa Katoa 'Utoikamanu said, "India is a major partner from the South and also an important transit country for landlocked developing countries to transport their products to sea ports."
UNITED NATIONS - UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres thanked India on Friday for the sacrifices made by its peacekeepers while serving in the most dangerous places to protect citizens of other nations. The highest number of peacekeepers who had given their lives for the UN were from India, he said. Of the 3,737 peacekeepers killed, 163 are from India. He praised India's pioneering role in sending an all-women police contingent to Liberia -
UNITED NATIONS - Delhi will become the world's largest city in a decade, according to the UN. "Tokyo remains the world's largest city in the world with 37 million inhabitants. Delhi, however, is projected surpass Tokyo as the world's largest agglomeration around the year 2028," John Wilmoth, the Director of Population Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), said on Wednesday.
UNITED NATIONS - International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde has said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Indian authorities should pay more attention to women's issues in the aftermath of the rape of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir. Answering a question at a news conference in Washington on Thursday about the Kathua incident, she said: "What has happened is just revolting."
NEW YORK - With some 1.3 million drivers, passengers and pedestrians dying each year on the worlds roads, the UN took a major step to address the tragedy by launching a trust fund to spur action that could save lives and prevent the loss of opportunity associated with road accidents. Speaking at the UN General Assembly where the launch was announced on Thursday, Deputy Secretary General Amina Mohammed highlighted the...