A plastic bottle lies on the sand at Maccarese beach, west of Rome, Italy November 21, 2018. REUTERS/Max Rossi

Countries split on plastics treaty focus as UN talks close

The first round of negotiations on a global plastics treaty ended on Friday with agreement to end plastic pollution but a split on whether goals and efforts should be global…

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Op-Ed: Eight billion people; one humanity

The world’s population will reach 8 billion in the middle of November – a testament to scientific breakthroughs and improvements in nutrition, public health and sanitation. But as our human…

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United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres speaks during a joint press conference with Pakistan’s Prime Minister at the Pakistani pavilion at the COP27 climate conference in Sharm el-Sheikh

UN unveils global ‘early warning’ system for disasters at $3 billion

The United Nations on Monday unveiled a five-year plan to build a global early warning system for deadly and costly extreme weather events amplified by climate change. The price tag — a relatively modest $3.1 billion,…

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Climate plans would allow up to 2.6C of global warming: UN

Country climate pledges leave the world on track to heat by as much as 2.6 degrees Celsius this century, the United Nations said on Wednesday, warning that emissions must fall 45 percent…

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So far in the war, none of the seven world heritage sites have been damaged Fabrice COFFRINI AFP

UN satellite analysis tracks Ukraine cultural damage

The United Nations is using before-and-after satellite imagery to monitor the cultural destruction inflicted by Russia’s war in Ukraine, announcing Wednesday it will launch its tracking platform publicly within weeks. The UN’s culture agency UNESCO said…

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Thailand’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Don Pramudwinai

Thailand abstained on UN vote to have its voice heard – FM Don

Thailand abstained from the UN resolution to condemn Russia’s annexation of eastern regions of Ukraine last week because it wants its voice on the crisis to be heard, according to…

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An activist Oleg Slabochpitsky, 33-years-old, removing a road sign reading ‘Moskovska Str’ or ‘Moscow Street’, after Kyiv City Hall recently voted to rename 142 streets whose names refer to Russia, in Kyiv. (Photo by Sergei SUPINSKY / AFP)

Thailand’s abstention in UN vote on Russia’s annexation ‘a pointless exercise to please Moscow’

Thailand’s decision to abstain from voting on a United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) resolution that rejected Russia’s annexation of four eastern regions in Ukraine, far from proving its neutrality, is…

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An aerial view shows a destroyed in a flooded area following heavy rainfalls near Kastamonu, on August 11, 2021. – From flash floods to forest fires, drought to “sea snot”, Turkey is bearing the brunt of increasingly frequent disasters blamed on climate change. (Photo by – / Demiroren News Agency (DHA) / AFP)

Half the world unprepared for disasters: UN

Even as extreme weather and climate disasters are multiplying, half of countries lack the advanced early warning systems needed to save lives, the United Nations warned Thursday. In a fresh report, the UN agencies for weather…

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A general view shows voting results during a UN General Assembly emergency meeting to discuss Russian annexations in Ukraine at the UN headquarters in New York City on October 12, 2022. The United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday overwhelmingly voted to condemn Russia’s annexations of parts of Ukraine after Moscow vetoed a similar effort in the Security Council. Ed JONES / AFP

Thailand abstains in UN vote condemning Russia’s “illegal referenda” in Ukraine

Thailand has abstained, as did China and India, in a vote on the UN resolution not to recognise the four regions of Ukraine which Russia has claimed, following referenda held…

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Live video monitors show United Nations Ambassador from Russia, Vasily Nebenzya, addressing the U.N. General Assembly before a vote on a resolution condemning Russia’s illegal referendum in Ukraine, Wednesday Oct. 12, 2022 at U.N. headquarters. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

UN demands Russia reverse ‘illegal’ annexations in Ukraine

The U.N. General Assembly voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to condemn Russia’s “attempted illegal annexation” of four Ukrainian regions and demand its immediate reversal, a sign of strong global opposition to the…

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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warns that the Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on learning, with poor students lacking technology at a particular disadvantage, and conflicts further disrupting schools. – AFP pic, September 20, 2022

UN chief warns education becoming ‘great divider’

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Monday that unequal education was quickly dividing the planet as he sought to keep development on the agenda ahead of a week of diplomacy focused on global crises….

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An aerial photograph showing a flooded area on the outskirts of Sukkur, Sindh province Aamir QURESHI AFP

UN chief says world paying ‘horrific price’ for fossil fuels folly

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said developing nations were paying a “horrific price” for the world’s reliance on fossil fuels, as he toured parts of Pakistan hit by floods blamed on climate change. Nearly 1,400 people…

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Fighting near Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia atomic energy plant has raised fears of a nuclear disaster Ed JONES AFP/File

Shelling forces Ukraine nuclear plant off grid as Zelensky warns of ‘disaster’

The last working reactor at Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant was disconnected from the grid after shelling caused a fire, with the UN’s atomic watchdog due to brief the Security Council…

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UN session on high seas biodiversity ends without agreement

UN member states ended two weeks of negotiations Friday without a treaty to protect biodiversity in the high seas, an agreement that would have addressed growing environmental and economic challenges. After 15 years, including four prior formal sessions, negotiators…

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US ‘concerned’ after UN human rights chief visits China

The United States expressed concern on Saturday over China’s “efforts to restrict and manipulate” the UN human rights chief’s visit to the Xinjiang region where Beijing is accused of detaining…

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Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GPDRR) 2022 in Bali, Indonesia (27/5/2022). ANTARA FOTO/Akbar Nugroho Gumay/nym.

UN disaster summit concludes with ‘Bali Agenda for Resilience’

The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction was a ‘wake-up call’ to improve preventative measures and ‘stop the spiral of increasing disaster impact and risk’. May 27, 2022, Bali, INDONESIA…

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UNGA President highlights need for ‘more equal’ assistance for sustainable recovery

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Relatives wait in front of the Insein Prison for the release of prisoners in Yangon on April 17, 2022. (Photo by STR / AFP)

One year on from ASEAN consensus, Myanmar no closer to peace

Myanmar’s military junta has failed to normalize conditions in the strife-torn country following a subdued water festival punctuated by violence and an unpopular plan to reopen for tourism. Meanwhile, ASEAN…

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Refugee women with children walk to boarding transport at the central train station in Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, April 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

UN: Nearly two-thirds of Ukraine’s children have fled homes

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Nearly two-thirds of all Ukrainian children have fled their homes in the six weeks since Russia’s invasion, and the United Nations has verified the deaths of…

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(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 01, 2022, the United Nations holds its second day of emergency special session General Assembly meetings on the Russia-Ukraine conflict in New York City. – The UN General Assembly will vote on April 7, 2022, on suspending Russia from the UN Human Rights Council following allegations that Russian troops deliberately murdered civilians in Bucha, Ukraine, the assembly presidency said. (Photo by Andrea RENAULT / AFP)

Thailand abstains in vote to suspend Russia from UN Human Rights Council

Thailand, highlighting “inclusivity”, abstained from a vote to suspend Russia from UN Human Rights Council over its aggression against Ukraine during the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday. Thailand was…

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ASEAN special envoy Prak to meet Ko Ko Gyi, UN representatives in Yangon

On the second day of their three-day visit to Myanmar, the ASEAN special envoy and delegates are scheduled to meet with selected stakeholders in Yangon today (Tuesday), according to a…

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Suspected N.Korea missile fails after launch over Pyongyang

SEOUL, March 16 (Reuters) – North Korea fired an “unknown projectile” on Wednesday which appeared to fail immediately after launch, South Korea’s military said, amid reports that the nuclear-armed North…

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Children sit on a bus for further transport after crossing the Ukrainian border with Poland at the Medyka border crossing, southeastern Poland, on March 14, 2022. (Photo by Louisa GOULIAMAKI / AFP)

More than three million flee Ukraine war, half of them children: UN

Geneva (AFP) – More than three million people have fled Ukraine since Russia invaded on February 24, nearly half of them minors, with a child becoming a refugee every second, the…

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Thailand expresses grave concern over Ukraine crisis at UN General Assembly

At the 11th Emergency Special Session of the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, Thailand expressed grave concern over the worsening hostilities and violence in Ukraine. Dr. Suriya Chindawongse, Thailand’s Permanent…

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Dr. Suriya Chindawongse, Permanent Representative of Thailand to the United Nations

At UN, Thailand votes to condemn Russia’s aggression in Ukraine

During the 11th Emergency Special Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Thailand has joined 140 countries voting in favour of the resolution to condemn Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, while…

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Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai / Photo from Facebook Page Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand

Thailand will not rush to condemn Russia over Ukraine, says Foreign Minister Don

Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai said today (Tuesday) that Thailand may need to fine-tune its policy on the Russian invasion of Ukraine, but it will not rush to condemn Russia, like…

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Vasily Nebenzya, Russian ambassador to the United Nations, speaks during a meeting of the security council, Monday, Feb. 28, 2022, at United Nations headquarters. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

US expels 12 Russian UN staff for ‘espionage activities’

United Nations, United States (AFP) – The United States said Monday that it was expelling 12 members of Russia’s UN mission from America for being “intelligence operatives,” prompting a furious response from Moscow,…

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North Korea fires unidentified ‘projectile’: South’s military

North Korea fired an “unidentified projectile” Sunday, the South’s military said, its seventh weapons test this month in one of the most intense spates of launches on record as the…

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Thailand, UN to work together on development goals

Thailand and the United Nations will be working closely together to realise the sustainable development goals (SDG) outlined in various economic development plans, according to Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Tanee…

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Thai PM promises to review Chana project SEA, but says it cannot be scrapped

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said today (Monday) that the Chana district industrial estate project, in the southern province of Songkhla, cannot legally be cancelled, but he promised a complete review…

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Roads closed near Government House ahead of arrival of Chana protesters

Police closed roads to traffic near the Government House in Bangkok this morning (Monday), in anticipation of the arrival of protesters from Songkhla province’s Chana district. Police were seen manning…

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Jana industrial estate protesters to return to Government House on Monday

Defiant protesters from Jana district, of Thailand’s southern province of Songkhla, have vowed to return to Government House next Monday to demand that the government fulfils its commitments over the…

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Cambodian prisoners on a prisoner truck arrive at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021. More than a dozen activists who were former members of the dissolved opposition party appeared at the court for a bail hearing. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

UNHCR ‘dismayed’ by Thailand’s deportation of third Cambodian refugee this month

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, on Tuesday issued a statement deploring Thailand’s deportation of a Cambodian refugee, which occurred only ten days after the authorities deported two other Cambodian refugees….

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A migrant receives medical attention in a camp on the Belarusian-Polish border in the Grodno region on November 11, 2021. (Photo by Ramil NASIBULIN / BELTA / AFP) / Belarus OUT

Western countries slam Belarus over ‘destabilizing’ migrant crisis

United Nations, United States (AFP) – European countries and the US condemned Belarus Thursday over a crisis that has seen hundreds of migrants trapped on its border with Poland, after an emergency…

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U.N. warns world set for 2.7°C rise on today’s emissions pledges

LONDON (Reuters) – Current commitments to cut greenhouse gas emissions put the planet on track for an average 2.7 degrees Celsius temperature rise this century, a United Nations report said on Tuesday, in another…

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Kyaw Moe Tun in an interview with NHK at the UN mission in New York. (Photo by NHK)

Myanmar’s envoy to UN vows to continue and seek support for democratization of the country

Myanmar’s envoy to the United Nations, Ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun, has vowed to continue in the post and to carry on seeking international support for democratization of his home country….

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Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) shakes hands with US Vice President Joe Biden (L) inside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on December 4, 2013. Biden arrived in Beijing to raise concerns over a Chinese air zone ramping up regional tensions, looking to bolster ties while also underscoring alliances with Tokyo and Seoul. His trip follows weeks of furore after Beijing declared an “air defence identification zone” (ADIZ) covering East China Sea islands disputed with Japan. AFP PHOTO /

OP-ED – World leaders and their promises at the UN General Assembly

Every September, leaders from around the globe have the opportunity to tell the rest of us how well their countries have been doing. If time permits, they also talk about…

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A police vehicle blocks a street near the United Nations headquarters Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021, in New York. The 76th Session of the UN General Assembly begins this week. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

As leaders reconvene at UN, climate and COVID top the list

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Last year, no leaders came at all. This year will be quite different — sort of. With the coronavirus pandemic still raging in many parts of…

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A protester holds the National League for Democracy (NLD) flag during a flash mob demonstration against the military coup in Yangon on June 25, 2021. STR / AFP

Myanmar’s NLD expects to retain its UN credentials

The United Nations is likely to retain the credentials of the permanent representative of Myanmar’s National League of Democracy (NLD), as the military regime in Naypyidaw will not challenge it,…

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US urges over 150 world leaders not to come to UN over COVID

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States is urging the more than 150 countries planning to send their leader or a government minister to New York to speak in person…

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In this file photo taken on August 8, 2021 A local resident gestures as he holds n empty water hose during an attempt to extinguish forest fires approaching the village of Pefki on Evia (Euboea) island, Greece’s second largest island. – Britain on Monday, August 9, called for urgent global action to tackle climate change, after a UN report warned the planet has warmed more than previously estimated. (Photo by ANGELOS TZORTZINIS / AFP)

World shudders at ‘terrifying’ UN climate report

Paris (AFP) – World leaders, green groups and influencers reacted Monday to a “terrifying” UN climate science report with a mix of horror and hopefulness as the scale of the emergency…

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This screengrab of handout video made available on the United Nations’ YouTube channel shows Myanmar’s ambassador to the UN Kyaw Moe Tun making a three-finger salute as he addresses an informal meeting of the United Nations General Assembly on February 26, 2021 in New York. (Photo by – / UNITED NATIONS / AFP)

Assassination plot against UN Ambassador to Myanmar linked to arms dealer in Thailand

A plot to assassinate UN Ambassador to Myanmar Kyaw Moe Tun has been foiled with two men already detained. The attempt allegedly also involved an arms dealer in Thailand. Court…

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A woman is inoculated with the CoronaVac vaccine, developed by China’s Sinovac firm, at a makeshift clinic in Bang Khae Market, after hundreds of residents in the district tested positive for the Covid-19 coronavirus in Bangkok on March 17, 2021. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Covid may become ‘seasonal’ disease, UN says

Covid-19 appears likely to develop into a seasonal disease, the United Nations said Thursday, cautioning though against relaxing pandemic-related measures simply based on meteorological factors. More than a year after the novel…

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Police stand guard along a road in Naypyidaw on January 29, 2021, ahead of the reopening of the parliament on February 1 following the November 2020 elections which Aung San Suu Kyi’s ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) won in a landslide. (Photo by Thet Aung / AFP)

UN, foreign missions sound alarm over Myanmar coup fears

More than a dozen embassies, including the US and EU delegation, Friday urged Myanmar to “adhere to democratic norms”, joining the UN in a chorus of international concern about a…

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Gambian Justice Minister Abubacarr Tambadou says the decision by the UN’s highest court to order Myanmar to do everything in its power to prevent the alleged genocide of Rohingya Muslims, is ‘historic’ for international law and the Rohingya.

Top UN court orders Myanmar to prevent Rohingya genocide

The UN’s highest court ordered Myanmar on Thursday to do everything in its power to prevent the alleged genocide of Rohingya Muslims, as international justice stepped into the crisis for…

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UN chief urges region to lead fight against climate change

UN Secretary General António Guterres has called on countries in the Southeast Asian region to be at the front line in stopping the use of coal power which has been…

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‘You have stolen my dreams,’ angry Thunberg tells UN climate summit

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Teenage activist Greta Thunberg angrily denounced world leaders on Monday for failing to tackle climate change, unleashing the outrage felt by millions of her peers in…

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Ten Rohingya Muslim men with their hands bound kneel as members of the Myanmar security forces stand guard in Inn Din village, Myanmar on September 2, 2017. (Reuters)

UN reiterates call for Myanmar generals to face genocide charges

The UN says Rohingya Muslims have faced four of five prohibited acts defined as genocide at the hands of Myanmar’s military. The findings were part of a final report released…

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