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UN Adopts Historic Global Treaty on Oceans

By Thalif Deen - UNITED NATIONS — After years of negotiations, the United Nations has reached an agreement on a Global Ocean Treaty aimed at ensuring the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity which covers over two thirds of the world’s high seas.
“You have pumped new life and hope to give the ocean a fighting [...]

United Nations Security Council Carousel

By John J. Metzler (United Nations / New York) - In one of the more predictable rites of Spring at the United Nations, the General Assembly has elected, or actually selected, five new non-permanent members to serve on the powerful fifteen member Security Council.  While this year’s contest lacked the drama, debate and deliberation of the past, [...]

India’s Vibrant New Relationship with US — Political, Economic and Military Ties

 By Thalif Deen - UNITED NATIONS (IDN) — When India, the world’s largest democracy, was on the verge of taking a dictatorial path in the mid-1970s, the United States expressed its usual anxieties—and held out its usual threats.
Back in June 1975, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had not only declared emergency rule, suspended civil liberties, and thrown [...]

A New Climate Finance Goal That Works for All

By Richard Kozul-Wright (The writer is Director of the Globalization and Development Strategies Division, UNCTAD.) - GENEVA (IDN) — After years of failing to meet climate finance commitments, the new climate finance goal under discussion in Bonn (at the Climate Change Conference 5-15 June) is critical, but without supporting reforms of the global financial architecture we risk [...]

It is Not Funny Anymore: Clinton-Yeltsin Files

By Mike Eckel (RFE) – One day after Russians voted in a national referendum that served as a vote of confidence in President Boris Yeltsin’s wobbly presidency, his U.S. counterpart gave him a call.
Bill Clinton’s April 26, 1993, conversation with Yeltsin, one of several direct chats and meetings the two leaders had in the early months of [...]

110 Million People Displaced Around the world

By Shakeel Sobhan (Deutsche Welle) – A record 110 million people have been displaced around the world as the conflict in Sudan contributed to a crisis already underway due to the war in Ukraine, according to a UNHCR report released on Wednesday.
The report indicated that global forced displacement continues to rise unabated. By the end of 2022, the number of people displaced [...]

Remittances & diaspora investments vital to boost agriculture and rural development — IFAD

WebPublicPress – Nairobi / New York - “Making the most of remittances and diaspora investments can, paradoxically, curb the need for more to migrate. These flows are great contributors to the wellbeing of millions. Almost US$1.8 billion in remittances are flowing daily to low and middle-income countries, leveraging development opportunities. Half of that amount, US$900 million, [...]

China Made in Germany

By Sandra Petersmann (DW) — The podium is decorated with pink and white plastic flowers. The Chinese man behind it speaks at length about a laser radar system for detecting stealth aircraft. Amid the COVID-19 lockdown in 2020, his audience joins him virtually for the talk.
A young participant is curious — why is quantum research so important [...]

Guterres Will Travel to Srebrenica this July

WebPublicaPress (New York / Sarajevo) – Munira Subasic, president of the Association “Movement of Mothers of the Srebrenica and Žepa Enclaves”, after meeting with the Secretary General of the United Nations (UN) Antonio Guterres, said from New York that Guterres will visit Srebrenica this year.
In New York, Guterres met with representatives of the victims’ association [...]

Nuclear Free World Starts With Young People

By Thalif Deen - UNITED NATIONS, New York — The United Nations now believes—and perhaps rightly so—that a world free of nuclear weapons should begin primarily with young future leaders.
In pursuing this ambitious goal, the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) and the government of Japan are calling on young people to apply for an innovative [...]

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