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US refuse to support UN draft resolution on Palestine

US refuse to support UN draft resolution on Palestine

The United States would not support a new Palestinian-proposed UN Security Council draft resolution, US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Thursday. "It is not something we would support," Psaki told reporters. Earlier, Israel's foreign minister described a draft resolution that calls for a peace deal within a year and ending the occupation of...

UN for saving boat people as record numbers take to seas

UN for saving boat people as record numbers take to seas

  Governments must focus on saving lives rather than keeping foreigners out at a time when more people than ever are embarking on risky sea crossings in search of asylum or a better life, the United Nations' refugee agency said on Wednesday. UNHCR said at least 384,000 people, including a growing number of asylum seekers,...

Syria conflict: UN in record humanitarian aid appeal

Syria conflict: UN in record humanitarian aid appeal

The UN has asked for $16.4bn (£10.5bn; 13.3bn euros) for its aid operations in 2015, with the largest single sum - $7.2bn - going to help Syrian refugees. Its last annual humanitarian appeal was for $13bn, making the new request a record for the organisation. The request comes as aid agencies warn they are running...

Clock ticking, UN climate talks resume in Lima

Clock ticking, UN climate talks resume in Lima

Negotiators from more than 190 countries get together Monday in Lima for the last main stop of the UN climate negotiations on the road to a planned global warming deal in Paris next year. The slow-moving talks have gained momentum in the past two months with pledges from the world's top carbon polluters —...

Bangladeshi scientist Qadri named member of high-level UN panel

Bangladeshi scientist Qadri named member of high-level UN panel

Bangladeshi scientist Firdausi Qadri has been named as a member of a high-level panel which will advise the UN chief on the organisational and operational aspects of a proposed Technology Bank and Science, Technology and Innovation Supporting Mechanism dedicated to the least developed countries (LDCs). A prominent immunologist, Qadri is director at Centre for...

North Korea threatens nuclear test

North Korea threatens nuclear test

North Korea has threatened to conduct a nuclear test in response to a United Nations move towards a probe into the country's human rights violations. Its foreign ministry on Thursday accused the United States of orchestrating a recent UN resolution calling for the investigation. North Korea previously conducted nuclear tests in 2006, 2009 and 2013. Its...

5 Ukrainian soldiers killed, German foreign minister visits Kiev

5 Ukrainian soldiers killed, German foreign minister visits Kiev

Five Ukrainian soldiers have been killed in the conflict in eastern Ukraine in the past 24 hours, the military said on Tuesday, as Germany's foreign minister prepared to hold talks on the crisis in both Kiev and Moscow. The trip by Frank-Walter Steinmeier will be one of the first visits by a senior German...

Enhancing development cooperation through AIMS

GLOBALLY, the data revolution is underway -- offering both policy makers and ordinary citizens unprecedented new opportunities to make informed decisions. The UN Secretary-General's High-Level Panel on Post-2015 Development Agenda, in its Report in 2013, drew attention toward a number of transformational shifts that will be required for inclusive sustainable development through enhanced global partnership. In order to translate this vision into reality, goals or targets relating to development efforts will have to be rigorously monitored to assess impacts....

US pledges 3b for UN climate fund

US pledges 3b for UN climate fund

US President Barack Obama will pledge $3 billion to a UN fund aimed at mitigating the effects of climate change in the world's poorest countries, a US official said yesterday. "It is in our national interest to helping vulnerable countries to build resilience to climate change," the administration official said as Obama headed to...

Ukraine crisis: US accuses Russia over 'incursion'

Ukraine crisis: US accuses Russia over 'incursion'

The US has accused Russia of undermining a ceasefire in Ukraine after reports of Russian troops and military hardware entering the country. The US envoy to the UN, Samantha Power, also accused Russia of pursuing war in Ukraine while talking peace. Russia's deputy ambassador to the UN, Alexander Pankin, dismissed the allegations as propaganda. More than...

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