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Partnerships for development: A shared responsibility

Partnerships for development: A shared responsibility

EVERY year on October 24, we celebrate UN Day, commemorating the founding of the United Nations. Since joining 40 years ago, Bangladesh has experienced significant gains in economic growth and human development. In 2000, world leaders met at the UN Headquarters in New York for the Millennium Summit, which introduced to the world the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). These goals would guide development progress towards meeting basic needs and increasing quality of life for all. Bangladesh has become one of the best performing least developed countries (LDC) in...

'Powerful' Ebola response defended

'Powerful' Ebola response defended

A senior UN health official has defended international moves to tackle the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. David Nabarro, UN system co-ordinator for Ebola, told the BBC that plans were on course to provide 4,000 beds for Ebola patients by next month, compared with 300 at the end of August. His comments follow a damning...

UN launches urgent Ebola aid appeal

UN launches urgent Ebola aid appeal

Ban Ki-moon has launched another urgent appeal for funds to help fight Ebola after a United Nations drive for donations fell short of its target. The UN chief said a $1bn trust fund he launched in September has received just $100,000 (£62,000) so far. Our latest overview of the West Africa #EbolaOutbreak: http://t.co/HP1CoFwSS2 pic.twitter.com/nrjLCIWiSE via...

‘Ebola winning the race,' UN warns

‘Ebola winning the race,' UN warns

The UN's Ebola mission chief says the world is falling behind in the race to contain the virus, with thousands of new cases predicted by December. "It is running faster than us, and it is winning the race," Anthony Banbury told the UN Security Council. Meanwhile, more questions are being asked in the US about...

UN worker dies of Ebola in Germany

UN worker dies of Ebola in Germany

A UN employee infected with Ebola has died at a hospital in Germany. Doctors at the hospital in Leipzig said the man, 56, died despite receiving experimental drugs to treat the virus. The outbreak has killed more than 4,000 people since March - mostly in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria. The World Health Organization described...

UN hopes for rapid Ebola containment

UN hopes for rapid Ebola containment

The UN special envoy on Ebola says he hopes that the outbreak can be brought under control within three months. David Nabarro told the BBC the number of Ebola cases was currently increasing exponentially, but greater community awareness would help contain the virus. People were becoming aware that isolating those infected was the best way...

UN warns of massacre if militants take Syrian town

UN warns of massacre if militants take Syrian town

The new UN envoy to Syria said Friday that at least 500 civilians remain trapped in the Syrian Kurdish border town of Kobani besieged by the Islamic State group, warning that they were likely to be "massacred" if it falls to the extremists. Staffan de Mistura raised the specter of some of the worst...

India, Pakistan trade gunfire in Jammu and Kashmir

India, Pakistan trade gunfire in Jammu and Kashmir

India and Pakistan traded “heavy gunfire” along the Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir this morning. Both sides have blamed each other for “unprovoked and heavy firing” violating the 2003 LoC ceasefire accord “for the 10th time this month.” However, no injuries were reported from either side in the incident that took place around 8:00am...

Commentary by Mahfuz Anam

Two PMs and their diaspora

Two PMs and their diaspora

Today we address two different topics-one of the two PMs trip to the UN and another of a "rotten apple", linked only by the fact that they both occurred in New York. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina made what can be termed as " a significant trip" to the UN. Her active participation in the...

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Kashmir issue at the UN

PAKISTAN Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on 26th September raised the Kashmir issue at the UN General Assembly while blaming India for "another missed opportunity" to address outstanding issues. As a consequence the foreign secretary-level talks were cancelled.  Asserting that a "veil" cannot be drawn over the "core" issue of Kashmir, he said Pakistan is ready to work for resolution of this problem through negotiations. "Our support and advocacy of the right to self-determination of the people of Jammu and Kashmir...

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