Bangladesh’s RAB force in UN peacekeeping missions (Photo: HumanRightWatch)

Rights groups seek ban on Bangladesh’s RAB force in UN peacekeeping missions

Twelve rights groups, including Amnesty International, had privately written to the United Nations (UN) two months ago seeking a ban on the deployment of Bangladesh’s Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), an elite paramilitary force, in UN peacekeeping missions

Re-energised Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan aiding Pakistan-based Lashkar, Jaish, warns India At UN

The era of classifying terrorists as "your terrorist" and "my terrorist" was over, said India

'Future looks dark' for Afghan women: Taliban attempting to ‘erase’ women and girls from public life: UN rights experts

The Taliban through a “wave of measures” are attempting to “erase" women and girls from public life, UN rights experts have said, highlighting what they call “collective punishment” of women by enforcing "gender-biased and harmful" policies

Deadly Delta wave killed 240,000 people in India last year; ‘similar episodes’ could take place in near term: UN report

A United Nations report said on Thursday that the deadly wave of Covid-19 Delta variant led to the loss of 240,000 lives in India in three months between April and June in 2021 and disrupted economic recovery, and warned that “similar episodes” could take place in the near term

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Ghana slams European countries barring India-made Covishield; calls it ‘retrogressive’ step

Ghana President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has criticised European countries for not recognising the Indian-made Covishield vaccine, calling it a “retrogressive” step

Form women leaders’ network to ensure gender equality: Bangladesh PM tells UN

Bangladesh – a country where the prime minister’s chair has alternated between two women over the past 30 years  – has called upon the United Nations to lay special emphasis on forming a Women Leaders’ Network to act as a force to ensure gender equality

SAARC foreign ministers’ meet canceled over Taliban participation; Taliban seeks to address UNGA

The Taliban has written a letter to the United Nations (UN), seeking a chance to address the ongoing UNGA session, and nominated its Doha-based leader, Suhail Shaheen, as their representative, the UN Secretary-General Office confirmed

No country will be safe if Maldives ceases to exist: President Solih gives strong message on climate change

There is no guarantee of survival for anyone nation in a world where the Maldives ceases to exist, the Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih said at the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA)

Erdogan tones down reference to Kashmir in UN speech; brings up Uighur Muslim rights in China

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has again raised the Kashmir issue at the United Nations but his statement was much milder compared to those he made the previous two years

Child marriages, teenage pregnancies, gender violence - pandemic affected young girls most": UN youth envoy

The global Covid pandemic has seen a rise in child marriages, teenage pregnancies, and gender-based violence, with young girls facing the worst of the conditions, a UN envoy said today

Maldives calls for easy, predictable finances for small island nations

Assistance funds established to support Small Island Developing States (SIDS) need to be “adequate, predictable, and accessible”, Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohammed Solih said while underscoring the complexity involved in the process of accessing the assistance

Quad partnership 'elevated'; US will defend allies against attack, says Biden

US President Joe Biden said on Tuesday that the Quad alliance of India, the US, Japan and Australia has been "elevated" and declared that Washington will stand up for allies and friends

UN chief Guterres warns world on 'edge of abyss'; but GA President Shahid sees ‘rays of hope’

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday projected a gloomy prognosis for the world warning that it was on the “edge of an abyss” and called for immediate action to save it from the plethora of crises ranging from the Covid pandemic and climate change to inequality and polarisation

Afghanistan, covid pandemic, climate crisis to dominate UN summit

The annual parade of presidents, prime ministers, princes and potentates starts off on Tuesday in New York City when they meet in person and virtually at the United Nations General Assembly to grapple with global problems, promote their own agendas and engage in diplomacy

UN appoints Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi as SDG advocate

UN Secretary Genral Antonio Guterres has appointed Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi as new Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Advocate ahead of the start of the 76th UN General Assembly

UN should redesign Sustainable Development Goals, revise targets under Covid challenge

It is the best time to pursue a truly transformative framework by prioritizing the goals, resetting targets with deadlines and setting the strategic actions to fruitfully implement SDGs and their gradual achievements, writes Dr. Mohammad Rezaul Karim for South Asia Monitor

'Catastrophic' economic crisis will engulf Afghanistan if urgent action not taken: UNDP

With Afghanistan in an economic crisis, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has warned that 97 percent of Afghans could fall below the poverty line by mid-2022 unless the country's political and economic challenges are addressed promptly

UNSC urged to draw a red line on Taliban treatment of women; India wants Taliban to honor commitment not to harbor terrorists

Warning that terrorism continues to threaten Afghanistan, India has demanded that the Taliban keep its commitment to not allow the country to be used by terrorists

Peacekeeping transition should recognise the primacy of national governments and national ownership: India

India has said that countries emerging into a phase of stability after UN peacekeeping operations should be allowed to set their priorities for nation-building with a “humancentric” approach

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