United Nations

January 21, 2023
January 21, 2023

The Dreamer and Doer

One of his finest strengths was his ability to communicate at all levels. He could comfortably address a roomful of diplomats, academics and policymakers, and not miss a beat when speaking to them about his dreams. He could mix with ordinary people from all walks of life, speak in their local dialects, and relate to their problems just as easily.

January 8, 2023
January 8, 2023

Why hasn’t the UN recognised the 1971 Bangladesh Genocide yet?

UN recognition of the 1971 East Pakistan genocide is not only important for the global body to regain its credibility and effectiveness, but also to expose a military institution which is seen as of strategic value to the West.

November 19, 2022
November 19, 2022

21 lakh people in Bangladesh practise open defecation: BBS

Over 21 lakh people in Bangladesh engage in open defecation in the absence of public toilets, raising the risk of health hazards via the transmission of a wide range of diseases, says a Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics report.

July 12, 2022
July 12, 2022

Biggest population in 2023 “may help” India get UN Security Council membership

A senior UN official has said India’s prospects of securing permanent membership of the UN Security Council may get boosted if it goes past China to become the world’s most populous nation in 2023.

July 11, 2022
July 11, 2022

The ‘original pandemic’ of violence against women continues unabated

This week, a report issued by Bangladesh Mahila Parishad outlines the brutal reality: almost 300 women reported different types of abuse just in the last six months.

May 23, 2022
May 23, 2022

UN says some media coverage of monkeypox stigmatises Africans, LGBTI people

The United Nations’ Aids agency has called some reporting on the monkeypox virus racist and homophobic, warning of exacerbating stigma and undermining the response to the growing outbreak.

April 1, 2020
April 1, 2020

Coronavirus worst crisis since WWII: UN chief

The global death toll from the coronavirus pandemic has continued to worsen despite unprecedented lockdowns, as the head of the United Nations sounded the alarm on what he said was humanity's worst crisis since World War II.

March 23, 2020
March 23, 2020

UN to create global coronavirus fund, Norway foreign ministry says

The United Nations will create a fund to support the treatment of coronavirus patients worldwide, Norway’s foreign ministry has said.

December 28, 2019
December 28, 2019

UN ups 2020 budget, includes funds for war crimes probes

The United Nations General Assembly on Friday adopted a $3.07 billion operating budget which for the first time includes funding for the investigation of war crimes in Syria and Myanmar.

December 2, 2019
December 2, 2019

UN opens two-week climate change summit in Madrid

The United Nations opens a two-week climate summit in Madrid, where world leaders face growing pressure to prove they can muster the political will to avert the most catastrophic impacts of global warming.