UN Warns G20 to Speed Up Climate Efforts

The United Nations told the world’s largest economies to ramp up net-zero commitments after a UN report found that their policy efforts are not enough to avert the climate crisis. The annual UN emissions gap report released on Oct. 26 …

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UN Chief Designates Singaporean Sociologist as New Myanmar Special Envoy

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres appointed Sociologist Noeleen Heyzer of Singapore, as his new Myanmar Special Envoy on Monday. “I will take on this role on Dec 13, and I look forward to listening to the aspirations and perspectives of …

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Up to 180,000 Healthcare Workers Killed by COVID-19, WHO Estimates

COVID-19 may have killed between 80,000 to 180,000 healthcare workers from January 2020 to May 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Oct. 21. In a 26-page working paper, WHO based the grim estimate from the 3.45 million reported …

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United Nations Security Counci to Meet on Tigray Crisis

A United Nations Security Council meeting about the unrest in Tigray, Ethiopia, will be held at the request of the United States, according to diplomatic sources. Similar to the meeting on March 4, the council will meet behind closed doors. …

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Russia and Ukraine Hold Simultaneous Military Exercises

Russia and Ukraine were reported to have carried out simultaneous military drills on Wednesday as the foreign and defense ministers of NATO express their growing concern regarding the increasing presence of Russian forces near the contested Ukrainian border. The eastern …

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Iran Allows UN to Replace Damaged Nuclear Site Cameras

Iran and the UN’s nuclear watchdog announced they have reached an agreement to replace the damaged cameras at an Iranian nuclear complex amid standstill in Vienna talks as Western diplomats warned it’s a last chance for Iran to revive its …

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IAEA Claims Inspectors Only Getting Blurred Image from Iran Nuclear Sites, Asks for Revamp

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Chief, Rafael Mariano Grossi said due to restrictions his inspectors only get a “very blurred image” from Iran’s nuclear sites. Grossi said Tehran’s enriched uranium program is closer than ever to weapons-grade levels.  “We have …

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Myanmar Junta Holds Bilateral Talks With New ASEAN Chair Cambodia

Myanmar’s military-appointed foreign minister on Tuesday held talks in Cambodia, the new chair of the Southeast Asian bloc seeking to engage with Naypyidaw’s junta. Myanmar’s Wunna Maung Lwin visited Cambodia at the invitation of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen only …

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Saudi Arabia Allegedly Used “Incentives and Threats” to Divert UN Yemen Investigation

Saudi Arabia has allegedly used “incentives and threats” as part of a lobbying campaign to divert the UN investigation on alleged human rights violations in the Yemen conflict. Speaking to the Guardian, political officials and diplomatic and activist sources with …

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