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Improved children rights are urgently needed in South Asia

UNIVERSAL CHILDREN'S DAY

Improved children rights are urgently needed in South Asia

ON November 20, 1989, the world agreed that rights of children needed to be protected. The resulting Convention on the Rights of the Child is ratified by a record 191 States. It is the world's promise to children everywhere. The year 2014 marks 25 years since the United Nations General Assembly adopted the...

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AWAKENING INDIA

The politics of UN leadership

ELECTION cycles are growing longer worldwide. In the United States, for example, ambitious politicians are already campaigning hard in bellwether states for the 2016 presidential election. Yet some races -- such as that for the next United Nations secretary-general, which will also be held in 2016 -- still occur largely under the radar. This should change. A race for UN secretary-general, which is usually fought so discreetly that it seems almost clandestine, bears little resemblance to the razzmatazz of an...

Why Modi should have visited Bangladesh first

Why Modi should have visited Bangladesh first

Prime Minister Modi has lost no time in making overtures to neighbours. Beginning with Bhutan, his second trip was to Nepal, the third may be Sri Lanka. Bangladesh is India's most important neighbour by all considerations -- security, cross-border migration, sharing of common resources. Yet, the Indian prime minister's first meeting with Sheikh...

Mahmoud Abbas accuses Israel of 'genocide'

Mahmoud Abbas accuses Israel of 'genocide'

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has accused Israel of carrying out a "war of genocide" in Gaza in his speech at the UN General Assembly. Abbas said Israeli "war crimes" in Gaza should be punished, but stopped short of saying he would take the issue to the International Criminal Court. His speech brought strong condemnation...

Ukraine warns West against lifting Russia sanctions

Ukraine warns West against lifting Russia sanctions

Ukraine's prime minister has urged the West not to lift sanctions on Russia until his country regains control of all its territory. Arseniy Yatsenyuk told the UN General Assembly that Russian troops were still operating in eastern Ukraine. Earlier, US President Barack Obama said  sanctions could be lifted if Russia supported a ceasefire between Ukraine...

'No plans for Modi-Sharif meeting on sidelines of UN assembly'

'No plans for Modi-Sharif meeting on sidelines of UN assembly'

There are "no plans" for a meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York this week. Indian External Affairs Ministry told NDTV, a New Delhi-based news channel, yesterday. As part of "neighbours first" policy, PM Modi is scheduled to...

PM reaches New York to attend UNGA

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina who reached New York yesterday to attend the 69th UN General Assembly will participate in the crucial Climate Summit at the UN headquarters today. Hasina is expected to highlight the progress over the enhancement of adaptation capacity of Bangladesh as one of the most vulnerable countries for climate change to the world community in the summit. She will also talk about other important issues – required funds, technology and capacity building. The much-anticipated summit, to be hosted by...

GROUND REALITIES

Our UN experience . . .

FORTY years ago, the People's Republic of Bangladesh made its entry into the United Nations as its newest member-state. The event was not only a reaffirmation of the country's determination to play an active role in the international community as a sovereign nation but also an acknowledgement by the global body  that the aspirations of seventy five million people, as Bangladesh's population was at the time, could not be ignored. Bangladesh's arrival at the UN was not a sudden event....

Sharif writes to Modi, says 'much satisfied' with meeting

Sharif writes to Modi, says 'much satisfied' with meeting

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi hit a home run by inviting Saarc leaders for his swearing-in and if more evidence were required to prove it, it has come from none other than Modi's Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif. Setting aside speculation in Pakistan that he wasn't entirely pleased with his India visit, Sharif has written...

Bangladesh should take a stand on Crimea

BANGLADESH'S rationale for abstaining from voting in the March 27 UN General Assembly resolution against “any alteration of the status of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol” is that Bangladesh does not like country-specific resolutions. That begs the question: if a UN resolution called for Israel to withdraw from the territories it occupied in the 1967 war, would Bangladesh abstain because the resolution is country-specific? The Soviet Union played a pivotal role in the creation of...

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