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UN chief deplores persistent lack of women in peace efforts

New York - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday deplored the persistent lack of women in the world's peace efforts, two decades after a Security Council resolution sought to boost such representation.

UN official expresses 'deep concern' over Mohammed cartoon tensions

New York - The head of a UN anti-extremism body expressed "deep concern" Wednesday about growing tensions over satirical cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, urging "mutual respect" between people of different faiths and political views.

Used car exports drive pollution to developing world: UN study

Paris - Getting rid of old cars is helping clean the skies over developed nations, but many clunkers are ending up in developing countries where they are add significantly to air pollution, a UN report warns.

Rival Cypriot leaders to meet on November 3

Nicosia - The leaders of divided Cyprus will hold a rare meeting next week in the wake of Ankara-backed hardliner Ersin Tatar becoming leader of the breakaway north, the UN said Tuesday.

UN envoy sees delay in Syria political process

New York - A UN envoy acknowledged Tuesday that a new meeting aimed at winding down Syria's civil war would not happen as planned this month but voiced hope it would take place in November.

Treaty banning nuclear weapons to enter into force

New York - An international treaty banning nuclear weapons has been ratified by a 50th country, the UN said, allowing the "historic" text to enter into force after 90 days.

European buildings turn blue for UN's 75th anniversary

Geneva - More than 150 monuments and buildings across Europe will be lit up blue on Saturday to mark the 75th anniversary of the United Nations.

UN diplomat 'saddened' over perceived snub by New York mayor

New York - The president of the UN General Assembly, Volkan Bozkir of Turkey, on Friday lamented the New York mayor's refusal to meet him to discuss UN operating procedures during the coronavirus pandemic.

Libya factions sign 'permanent' ceasefire

Geneva - Libya's two rival factions signed a "permanent" ceasefire agreement Friday after five days of talks at the United Nations, which hailed the move as a moment that will go down in history.

Half-measures won't save nature, scientists warn

Paris - Bending the curve of nature's rapid decline will require attacking the problem aggressively along several fronts at once, leading scientists warned Thursday.

Nuclear weapons ban treaty nears coming into force

Geneva - An international treaty banning nuclear weapons is on the verge of coming into force, campaigners said Wednesday, with the last few necessary ratifications expected within weeks.

UN Libya envoy 'optimistic' on ceasefire prospects

Geneva - Libya's rival factions have agreed to maintain a lull in fighting and open internal land and air routes, the UN's envoy to the troubled North African country said Wednesday, expressing optimism about prospects for a ceasefire.

UN Libya envoy 'optimistic' on ceasefire prospects

Geneva - The UN's Libya envoy said Wednesday she was "quite optimistic" about the prospects of a ceasefire emerging from talks under way in Geneva between the two warring factions in the troubled north African country.

$1.7 bln pledged in aid to save Sahel from 'breaking point'

Geneva - International donors agreed Tuesday to give $1.7 billion in humanitarian aid to the central Sahel, after the United Nations said the northern African region plagued by violence and climate change was at "breaking point".

UN Security Council discusses Nagorno-Karabakh fighting

New York - United Nations Security Council members called on Armenia and Azerbaijan to respect a new ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh during a meeting on the disputed region Monday.

Iran says UN arms embargo on Tehran has been lifted

Tehran - Iran said a longstanding UN embargo on arms sales to and from the Islamic republic expired Sunday in line with a 2015 landmark nuclear deal with world powers from which Washington has withdrawn.

Saudi Arabia fails in bid to join UN rights council

New York - Saudi Arabia failed in its bid to become a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday as China and Russia were elected to three-year terms.

Climate change spurs doubling of disasters since 2000: UN

Geneva - Climate change is largely to blame for a near doubling of natural disasters in the past 20 years, the United Nations said on Monday.

China leads UN call for US to end 'coercive' sanctions

New York - China, Russia and two dozen other countries called on the United States and Western countries to end the use of unilateral sanctions, which they said make it harder to deal with Covid-19.

Europe's pushback of migrants 'shameful': UN refugee chief

Geneva - The UN refugee chief on Monday lambasted countries which close their doors to desperate migrants and Europe's "shameful" refusal to allow migrants stranded at sea to disembark quickly.

The politics behind Xi's big green promise for China

Bejing - Xi Jinping's vow to snuff out emissions by 2060 completes a diplomatic pirouette that moves China to the heart of the global green agenda, wrong-foots the US and cuddles up to Europe's climate advocates in one nimble step.

Slow progress on women's rights decried at UN summit

New York - More than 170 countries promised during a virtual UN summit Thursday to step up their efforts to advance women's rights, while the US took aim at China's claims of leadership on the issue.

UN calls on new Mali government to implement peace agreement

New York - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres this week called on Mali's transitional government to maintain a 2015 peace agreement deemed critical for the country's stability.The appeal came in a report submitted to the Security Council.

After Xi's climate surprise, no biodiversity announcement

Washington - Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday urged global cooperation to protect the Earth's biodiversity but stopped short of making a major environmental commitment at a UN summit notable for the absence of his US counterpart Donald Trump.

North Korea flouting nuclear sanctions: UN report

Seoul - North Korea is violating international sanctions aimed at curbing its nuclear programme by exceeding a cap on petroleum imports and sending its workers overseas, including a former Juventus footballer, the United Nations said.

Australia PM on not sharing vaccine: History will be 'severe judge'

New York - Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday insisted that any nation that develops a Covid-19 vaccine share it universally, warning that history will be a "severe judge" if not.

Japan PM Suga 'determined' to hold Olympics despite pandemic

New York - Japan is "determined" to host the postponed Olympic Games in 2021 despite the coronavirus pandemic, the country's newly elected prime minister told the United Nations General Assembly on Friday.

Pakistan PM condemns 'Islamophobic' Charlie Hebdo cartoons

New York - Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday condemned the fresh publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed by a French satirical weekly, urging UN efforts against what he called rising Islamophobia.

Greek PM to Erdogan: 'Let's give diplomacy a chance'

New York - Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis appealed Friday to Turkey to find a diplomatic solution to tensions, saying he wanted partnership between the historic rivals.

Abbas seeks UN Mideast conference after Arab deals with Israel

New York - Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas appealed Friday to the United Nations for an international conference on the Middle East in 2021, hoping for a new start after US elections and the milestone of Gulf Arabs' recognition of Israel.
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