Tag Archives: United Nations

UN Projects Global Population To Hit 8B In November

The New York Daily News reports: The United Nations said Monday it expected the world’s population to hit the 8 billion mark on Nov. 15. The organization’s report, released on World Population Day, also said that while population is growing slower than anytime since 1950, partially due to falling fertility rates, India is set to become the most-populous country in …

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Turkey Formally Changes Its Name To Türkiye [VIDEO]

The Guardian reports: Turkey’s government has sent a letter to the United Nations formally requesting that it be referred to as Türkiye, the state-run news agency has reported. The move is seen as part of a push by Ankara to rebrand the country and dissociate it from the bird of the same name and negative connotations associated with it. President …

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“Ashamed” Russian UN Diplomat Resigns Over War

The Washington Post reports: A diplomat at Russia’s mission to the United Nations in Geneva has resigned over the war in Ukraine, writing that he has never been “so ashamed” of his country, in a rare public rebuke of the war from within the Russian government. In a letter circulated to colleagues in Geneva and posted on a LinkedIn account …

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UN Food Chief: Mariupol Is Being “Starved To Death”

The Associated Press reports: The head of the U.N. World Food Program said people are being “starved to death” in the besieged Ukrainian city of Mariupol, and he predicted the country’s humanitarian crisis is likely to worsen as Russia intensifies its assault in the coming weeks. WFP executive director David Beasley also warned in an interview Thursday with The Associated …

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UN Suspends Russia From Human Rights Council

Global News reports: The United Nations General Assembly voted Thursday to suspend Russia from its human rights body. The vote to remove Russia from the Human Rights Council comes several weeks after the country invaded Ukraine and just days after reports of a massacre of Ukrainian civilians in Bucha, Ukraine. The vote count was 93 in favour of the resolution, …

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United Nations Votes 140-5-38 To Condemn Russia

Reuters reports: Almost three-quarters of the U.N. General Assembly demanded aid access and civilian protection in Ukraine on Thursday, and criticized Russia for creating a “dire” humanitarian situation after Moscow invaded its neighbor one month ago. The resolution adopted on Thursday, which was drafted by Ukraine and allies, received 140 votes in favor and five votes against – Russia, Syria, …

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UN Food Chief Warns Of Global Crisis Over Ukraine War

Politico Europe reports: The head of the world’s biggest food aid agency has a stark warning for European leaders: Pay more now to stave off global hunger or suffer a migration crisis later. Russia’s war in Ukraine has sent a shockwave through international food markets, worsening the already dire problem of global hunger by disrupting supply and inflating prices. That …

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Russian UN Ambassador Says Trump Was “Legitimately Elected President” But Was Then “Overthrown” [VIDEO]

The Daily Mail reports: Donald Trump condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as a ‘holocaust’ but shied away from criticizing Vladimir Putin directly during a Wednesday morning interview. The former president instead blamed his successor Joe Biden for giving Moscow the confidence to launch its attack, telling Fox Business that ‘Putin never would have done it with me.’ Meanwhile, Russian Ambassador …

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UN Diplomats Walk Out On Russian Foreign Minister

The Daily Beast reports: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was ready to justify the invasion of Ukraine to a top UN human-rights forum on Tuesday—but was left humiliated when more than a hundred diplomats abruptly walked out. Lavrov was speaking to the UN Human Rights Council remotely after canceling his planned in-person appearance at the forum in Geneva. However, Reuters …

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UN Warns Invasion Could Result In Up To 5M Refugees

Reuters reports: Fuel, cash and medical supplies are running low in parts of Ukraine after Russia’s invasion, which could drive up to 5 million people to flee abroad, U.N. aid agencies said on Friday. At least 100,000 people are uprooted in Ukraine after fleeing their homes since Russia launched its assault on Thursday, while several thousand have already crossed into …

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LIVE VIDEO: Sec. Blinken Addresses UN On Ukraine

CNBC reports: Secretary of State Antony Blinken will address the United Nations Security Council Thursday morning as the crisis on Ukraine’s borders reaches a pivotal moment. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield told reporters on a call Thursday morning that she requested Blinken to address the international forum ahead of his scheduled trip alongside Vice President Kamala Harris …

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UN Removes Folk Art Sculpture After Christian Outrage

The Christian Post reports: Weeks after it was first displayed on the Visitors Plaza outside the United Nations headquarters in November, the controversial “Guardian for International Peace and Security” sculpture many Christians likened to a biblical “End Times beast” is now gone. Initial reports to The Christian Post suggested that the sculpture was removed from the Visitor’s Plaza in late …

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“Imperfect” Agreement Struck At UN Climate Summit

The New York Times reports: With the bang of a gavel, diplomats from nearly 200 countries on Saturday struck a major agreement aimed at intensifying efforts to fight climate change, by calling on governments to return next year with stronger plans to curb their planet-warming emissions and urging wealthy nations to “at least double” funding by 2025 to protect the …

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UN: Greenhouse Gas Levels At Record High In 2020

Reuters reports: Greenhouse gas concentrations hit a record last year and the world is “way off track” on climate goals, the U.N. weather agency said on Monday, showing the scale of the task facing governments scrambling to avert dangerous levels of warming. A report by the World Meteorological Organization showed that carbon dioxide levels surged to 413.2 parts per million …

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LIVE VIDEO: Biden Speaks To UN General Assembly

CNN reports: President Joe Biden on Tuesday is set to deliver his first speech to the United Nations General Assembly since taking office, where he’s expected to present his long-term vision for the global community, defend the withdrawal from Afghanistan and emphasize the importance of reestablishing alliances. Biden’s speech, which will come in the morning session, “will center on the …

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Bolsonaro To Defy Vaccine Mandate For UN Assembly

The BBC reports: The president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, says he will address the United Nations General Assembly in New York next week, despite not having been vaccinated. The New York mayor’s office said all those attending will have to show proof of vaccination to enter the debate hall because it is classified as a convention centre. UN Secretary General …

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United Nations Climate Panel Issues Dire Report

ABC News reports: A United Nations climate panel has confirmed — in its strongest language ever — that the impacts of human-caused climate change are severe and widespread, and that while there is still a chance to limit that warming, some impacts will continue to be felt for centuries. “It is unequivocal that human influence has warmed the atmosphere, ocean …

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UN Security Council To Meet Over Gaza Conflict

Axios reports: The United Nations Security Council was preparing to meet Sunday, as the aerial bombardment between Israel and Hamas between entered a seventh day. Four Palestinians died in airstrikes early Sunday, as Israeli forces bombed the home of Gaza’s Hamas chief, Yehya al-Sinwar, per Reuters. t least 149 people have died in Gaza and 10 others in Israel since …

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Biden To Nominate Cindy McCain For Ambassadorship

Politico reports: President Joe Biden is preparing to name Republican Cindy McCain to a coveted ambassador post in Western Europe in what would be his administration’s first Republican appointee to a Senate-confirmed position. McCain is undergoing vetting to be nominated for U.S. ambassador to the U.N. World Food Programme, a mission based in Rome, according to two sources with knowledge …

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Saudi Official Threatened To Kill Khashoggi Investigator

The Guardian reports: A senior Saudi official issued what was perceived to be a death threat against the independent United Nations investigator, Agnès Callamard, after her investigation into the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. In an interview with the Guardian, the outgoing special rapporteur for extrajudicial killings said that a UN colleague alerted her in January 2020 that a senior …

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