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UNESCO recognises India’s garba dance and Bangladesh’s rickshaws as humanity’s cultural heritage

“Over the decades Garba has been an integral, multivalent component of Gujarati culture in India and among the Indian diaspora across the globe”, it said.

Call at UN to make India-launched Mission LIFE a collective movement to address environmental challenges

Mission LIFE adds “a synergy of individual choices and global collaboration” as “an important force in addressing environmental challenges”, the senior UN official said.

Pakistan set to get elected to UNSC as non-permanent member

If elected, Pakistan, which has used every opportunity at the UN to bring up Kashmir even on unrelated discussions, can be expected to keep harping on it on a platform that will give it more visibility.

India-UN Development Fund is seen as ‘epitome of South-South cooperation’

India’s Permanent Representative Ruchira Kamboj said, “India stands as a pillar of leadership and advocacy for the Global South”. 

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Modi to participate in International Yoga Day celebrations at UN

Following the UN lead, Yoga Day has become an international celebration around the world with group practices and asana demonstrations across the globe.

India denounces attacks on all religions, calls for inter-faith dialogue to fight bigotry

“Sarva dharma sama bhava is a unique concept of Indian secularism, which maintains that all religions are inherently good and worthy of respect”, the Indian representative said.

UN unanimously backs India’s proposal for monument to honour peacekeepers; highest number of peacekeepers killed are from India

A measure of the unity around paying homage to the peacekeeping heroes was the support of Pakistan, which had moments earlier attacked India at the Assembly on a different issue, but joined in as one of the main co-sponsors of the monument resolution.

US pushing for six UNSC permanent members without veto rights?

The Biden administration supports Germany and Japan in addition to India for permanent seats, and also as yet undetermined representatives of Latin American and African nations. France and Britain also support permanent seats for the three countries and for Brazil, while Russia backs India publicly but not the others.

UN honours three Indian peacekeepers killed in service; India, Bangladesh, Nepal seek accountability for crimes

In December, India launched the Group of Friends to promote accountability for crimes against peacekeepers with Bangladesh, Egypt, France, Morocco and Nepal as co-chairs. The group advocates for bringing to justice those committing crimes against peacekeepers.

UN recognition for Bangladesh's Community Clinics

The government has so far established more than 14,000 community clinics in public-private partnerships across the country to provide basic healthcare to the people. 

India will continue to be the 'bright spot' in world economy: UN review

The latest UN report cut the overall growth projects by 0.1 per cent for all of South Asia to 4.7 per cent this year and 5.8 per cent next year. The inflation rates for Pakistan and Sri Lanka are expected to be in the "double digits" due to the weakening of local currencies.

Can UNSC that excludes world’s largest democracy be inclusive, India asks

“Is the UNSC in its present form -- which denies permanent representation to entire continents of Africa, Latin America and the world’s largest democracy – can it be deemed to be ‘inclusive’”, Kamboj asked at an open debate at the Council.

India criticised for attacks on press freedom at UNESCO-sponsored UN event

Earlier, at the 30th Anniversary of the World Press Freedom Day Global Conference, New York Times Publisher A.G. Sulzberger got the criticism of India rolling, saying that “in India, authorities have raided newsrooms and treated journalists essentially as terrorists”. 

UNSC condemns Taliban ban on UN women workers in rare unanimity show

The unanimous adoption of the Council resolution proposed by the United Arab Emirates and Japan and co-sponsored by about 90 countries underlines the Taliban regime’s international isolation and signals international unity before the Doha meeting.

Abolish veto rights or give them to new permanent members in a reformed UNSC, demands India

The root cause in the view of India and many countries is the architecture of the Council that reflects the post-World War II scenario and gives veto-wielding permanent seats to the five victorious allies - Britain, China, France, the United States and Russia, which hold the seat originally given to the Soviet Union.

Template for reformed Security Council could reflect G20 composition, says Russia

Lavrov said that the United States and the West were against a multipolar world and wanted their dominance to continue.

Whither UN reform? India warns of 'anachronistic’ UNSC, as calls for reforms echo - with exceptions

Pakistan’s Permanent Representative Munir Akram struck a discordant note by opposing the addition of permanent members to the Council.  China's Permanent Representative Zhang Jun supported calls for reforming international financial institutions but was silent on the Council -- opposing it would have roiled the African nations that form the largest group at the UN.

With safety of Indians in Sudan in mind, Jaishankar intensifies diplomatic efforts

There are about 4,000 Indian citizens in Sudan, and according to the Indian embassy in Khartoum of them, about 1,500 are longtime residents. An Indian ex-serviceman. Albert Augustine, who was working in Sudan, was killed by a stray bullet as he was speaking to his son while standing at the window of his apartment.

‘Big news' is India’s population growth is below replacement level: UN expert says that's 'window of opportunity for country

The challenges for India, she said, are “there's so many people that are in the informal labour market. Again, educational standards are highly uneven – if you go north to south, south to north in India, we see tremendous diversity within such a large country”.