Tag: United Nations

  • 20 Lies About the Iraq War: Reflections on the 20th Anniversary

    20 Lies About the Iraq War: Reflections on the 20th Anniversary

    It is now widely accepted that there was no cooperation between Iraq and al-Qaeda in the 9/11 attacks. The commission’s September 11 report confirmed that there was no evidence of collusion between the two. Another lie was that Iraq was an immediate threat to the United States and that it had weapons of mass destruction. […]

  • Denmark is the second happiest country in the world – report

    Happiest is a branch in Denmark. Hardly a day goes by without another headline referring to the Danes as the world’s happiest people. Meik Wiking is one of several writers who have made a career out of it. Not only has he written several bestselling books about the secret behind the Danes’ happiness, he is […]

  • Russia responds to Danish Nord Stream probe refusal

    Russia responds to Danish Nord Stream probe refusal

    Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has suggested that Copenhagen is doing Washington’s bidding Denmark has never been interested in finding the real perpetrators behind the explosions that destroyed Russia’s Nord Stream pipelines last September, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova claimed. She noted that Copenhagen had dragged its feet in granting permits for the second part […]

  • Russia shares Nord Stream’s communications with the UN’s top diplomat

    Russia shares Nord Stream’s communications with the UN’s top diplomat

    Germany, Denmark and Sweden allegedly failed to keep Russia informed of their investigations Russia has released its communications with Denmark, Sweden and Germany regarding Nord Stream sabotage to members of the UN Security Council, a senior diplomat has said. “These documents allow our colleagues at the United Nations to confirm that the claims of these […]

  • Climate activist Greta Thunberg deletes her ‘end of the world’ tweet

    Climate activist Greta Thunberg deletes her ‘end of the world’ tweet

    Stockholm [Sweden]March 13 (ANI): Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has deleted a tweet she made in 2018 expressing concern that unless fossil fuels are phased out by 2023, climate change will “wipe out the entire human race,” Russia Today reported. In the post, Thunberg quoted a “leading climate scientist” who claimed that if we don’t […]

  • Greta Thunberg deletes end-of-the-world tweet

    Greta Thunberg deletes end-of-the-world tweet

    The climate campaigner claimed in 2018 that humanity had until this year to prevent its demise Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has deleted a 2018 tweet in which she shared a warning that climate change “will wipe out all of humanity” unless fossil fuels are phased out by 2023. In the tweet, Thunberg quoted a […]

  • Moscow reveals Nord Stream’s stonewalling – officially

    Moscow reveals Nord Stream’s stonewalling – officially

    Russia’s communications with EU nations on North Stream sabotage will be published, senior diplomat Dmitry Polyansky has promised Russia intends to share with the UN Security Council the exchanges it had with Germany, Denmark and Sweden regarding sabotage of the Nord Stream pipelines, a senior Russian diplomat has revealed. Moscow is trying to push its […]

  • Moscow will expose Nord Stream’s stonewalling official

    Moscow will expose Nord Stream’s stonewalling official

    Russia’s communications with EU nations on North Stream sabotage will be published, senior diplomat Dmitry Polyansky has promised Russia intends to share with the UN Security Council the exchanges it had with Germany, Denmark and Sweden regarding sabotage of the Nord Stream pipelines, a senior Russian diplomat has revealed. Moscow is trying to push its […]

  • Donors pledge $1.2 billion in Yemen aid, far short of UN target

    Donors pledge $1.2 billion in Yemen aid, far short of UN target

    The United Nations collected $1.2 billion in humanitarian aid for Yemen, but the amount is far short of a $4.3 billion goal the United Nations set to help the war-torn country. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told a global donor conference in Geneva on Monday that the US would provide $444 million in humanitarian […]

  • The European Union agreed on new sanctions against Russia on the anniversary of the war

    The European Union agreed on new sanctions against Russia on the anniversary of the war

    President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen had promised the president of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky According to DW, during his visit to Kiev earlier this month, the EU would “seek to have the tenth sanctions package in place” by the year mark of the Russian invasion. The new sanctions target entities that support […]

  • Japan, other G7 leaders tighten sanctions against Russia

    Japan, other G7 leaders tighten sanctions against Russia

    TOKYO – Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and other Group of Seven leaders adopted a set of additional sanctions against Russia over its war on Ukraine at an online G-7 summit on Friday to mark the one-year anniversary of the start of the invasion. The leaders renewed their commitment to “intensify our diplomatic, financial and […]

  • The EU approves the tenth package of sanctions against Russia

    The EU approves the tenth package of sanctions against Russia

    The European Union approved a tenth package of Russia sanctions on Friday night, the anniversary of Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, the Swedish EU presidency said. Follow our live blog for the latest developments. All times are Paris time (GMT+1). 8:46 a.m.: Biden says he doesn’t “anticipate” China providing arms to Russia United States President Joe […]

  • UN Weekly Roundup: 18–24 February 2023

    UN Weekly Roundup: 18–24 February 2023

    Editor’s note: Here’s a quick snapshot of what the international community has been up to this past week, as seen from the UN’s perch. One year since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine Last Friday marked one year since Moscow launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine. There were several meetings at UN headquarters during the week to […]

  • Roundup: Germany mum on Nord Stream explosions amid US sabotage claims

    BERLIN, Feb. 24 (Xinhua) — The German government is condoning the explosions that destroyed the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines on Sept. 26 last year, even as the country continues to suffer a severe energy crisis following the disruption of Russian gas supplies. Without even giving access to members of the German Bundestag (the […]

  • Germany mum on Nord Stream explosions amid US sabotage claims

    Germany mum on Nord Stream explosions amid US sabotage claims

    © Provided by Xinhua Without even giving access to members of the German Bundestag, all information on the matter has been classified as “highly confidential” due to the so-called third-party rule, which prevents conflicts with the interests of the allied states or their intelligence services. BERLIN, Feb. 24 (Xinhua) — The German government is condoning […]

  • EU Envoy, Ukraine Charge d’Affaires commemorates the victims of the war between Russia and Ukraine

    EU Envoy, Ukraine Charge d’Affaires commemorates the victims of the war between Russia and Ukraine

    New Delhi [India]February 24 (ANI): On the one-year anniversary of the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict, the EU Ambassador, Head of Mission of EU Member States and Like-minded Nations, along with Ukraine’s Charge d’Affaires Ivan Konovalov, on Friday held a meeting to honor the victims. The envoys held a minute’s silence to pay tribute to the victims […]

  • Russia-EU relations no longer exist Moscow

    Russia-EU relations no longer exist Moscow

    The bloc chose economic ruin to be a vassal of the United States, Moscow’s UN envoy has said. Relations between the European Union and Russia are virtually non-existent, consumed by the abyss of EU subservience to the United States, Russian Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia told the Security Council on Thursday. Moscow […]

  • "War is not the solution, war is the problem," UN chief Guterres marks one year of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine

    "War is not the solution, war is the problem," UN chief Guterres marks one year of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine

    Ukrainians, Russians and people far away need peace. Although the outlook may look bleak today, we must all work knowing that genuine, lasting peace must be based on the United Nations Charter and international law. The longer the fighting goes on, the harder this job will be. We don’t have a moment to lose.” The […]

  • President Sauli Niinistö will participate in the Munich Security Conference

    President Sauli Niinistö will participate in the Munich Security Conference

    At the conference, President Niinistö will participate in a panel discussion on security and partnerships in Europe on the main stage of the conference on Saturday, February 18. He will be joined by the Secretary General of NATO Jens StoltenbergPresident of Moldova Maia Sandu and the Prime Minister of Denmark Mette Frederiksen. The discussion is […]

  • The US shoots first and asks questions later

    The US shoots first and asks questions later

    In the space of a few days, US warplanes have shot down three objects over the US and Canada. The shootings take place in the wake of the suspected Chinese spy balloon that was shot down earlier in February. The balloon mess has triggered a diplomatic crisis between the United States and China, and now […]

  • Hungary wants to apologize for outrageous claims by US official

    Hungary wants to apologize for outrageous claims by US official

    Washington’s UN envoy has made ?baseless? charges of anti-Semitism, says Budapest Hungary blasted the US over what it says are “outrageous” and “false” allegations of anti-Semitism, leveled by a senior diplomat against Budapest. Foreign Ministry spokesman Mate Paczolay added that while Washington later acknowledged the mistake, it has not issued a public apology. On Tuesday, […]

  • Palestinians live in danger as Israel reinforces apartheid

    Palestinians live in danger as Israel reinforces apartheid

    Over the past few days, a series of deadly attacks have highlighted the urgent need for accountability. On January 26, Israeli forces raided the Jenin refugee camp and killed 10 Palestinians, including a 61-year-old woman. On January 27, seven Israeli civilians were killed when a Palestinian gunman opened fire in Neve Ya’akov, an Israeli settlement […]

  • No German decision on tanks for Ukraine despite mounting pressure

    No German decision on tanks for Ukraine despite mounting pressure

    Germany said Friday that no decision had been made on providing battle tanks sought by Kyiv, despite an emotional plea from President Volodymyr Zelensky. Western defence ministers gathered at Ramstein Air Base in Germany for a crucial US-led meeting to hammer out future military aid to Ukraine. Read our live blog to see how all […]

  • The mobile app helps youth access health services in Bangladesh

    DHAKA, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) — Millions of youth in Bangladesh will be able to access health information and services through two online portals launched at the National Adolescent Health Conference on Tuesday. The Adolescent Health website and mobile application, launched by the Bangladeshi Ministry of Health and Family Welfare with support from the United Nations […]

  • Year End 2022: How a ‘liberty-depriving death’ took women to war against Iran’s now-abolished ‘morality’ police

    Year End 2022: How a ‘liberty-depriving death’ took women to war against Iran’s now-abolished ‘morality’ police

    Tehran [Iran]December 31 (ANI): An austere regime known for crushing dissent with an iron fist pulled out all its administrative levers to trample protests by a group of women who stood up for their rights and dignity. But all it did was light the fire. The alleged custodial death of 22-year-old Iranian woman Mahsa Amini, […]

  • Journey of Relocation: It’s almost all about you

    Journey of Relocation: It’s almost all about you

    Matthew Gray came to Denmark after many years as an expat living in Africa and Asia. His wife had gotten a job with the United Nations here, and this time it was Matthew’s turn to follow her. Matthew, who is Canadian and British, and his wife (from Tajikistan) had been traveling with their work for […]

  • EU agrees on fresh sanctions against Russia over war in Ukraine

    EU agrees on fresh sanctions against Russia over war in Ukraine

    The EU on Thursday agreed a fresh round of sanctions on Russia over the war in Ukraine, after complaints from hawkish eastern European leaders that some countries were trying to water them down. Diplomats said a compromise deal – thought to include targeting some 200 individuals – was reached on the sidelines of a leaders […]

  • Live: EU agrees fresh sanctions against Russia over war in Ukraine

    Live: EU agrees fresh sanctions against Russia over war in Ukraine

    The EU on Thursday agreed a fresh round of sanctions on Russia over the war in Ukraine, after complaints from hawkish eastern European leaders that some countries were trying to water them down. Diplomats said a compromise deal – thought to include targeting some 200 individuals – was reached on the sidelines of a leaders […]

  • Explainer: UN Nature Summit puts industry on alert to reveal more

    Explainer: UN Nature Summit puts industry on alert to reveal more

    Montreal – Industry executives have joined activists and negotiators from nearly 200 countries at this month’s United Nations Nature Summit in Montreal, where negotiations for a global pact to protect nature could lead to tougher disclosure requirements for companies. Sectors such as mining, agriculture, oil and fashion are being scrutinized at the COP15 talks, due […]

  • EXPLAINER-UN Nature Summit puts industry on alert to reveal more

    EXPLAINER-UN Nature Summit puts industry on alert to reveal more

    Montreal – Industry executives have joined activists and negotiators from nearly 200 countries at this month’s United Nations Nature Summit in Montreal, where negotiations for a global pact to protect nature could lead to tougher disclosure requirements for companies. Sectors such as mining, agriculture, oil and fashion are being scrutinized at the COP15 talks, due […]

  • The UN calls for stronger multilateral solutions to solve the debt crisis

    The UN calls for stronger multilateral solutions to solve the debt crisis

    In its statement, UNCTAD stated that government debt in relation to GDP increased in more than 100 developing countries between 2019 and 2021. Excluding China, this growth is estimated to be around $2 trillion. “This has not happened because of the bad behavior of one country. This has happened because of systemic shocks that have […]

  • UNICEF announces cash support for Afghanistan’s poor families

    UNICEF announces cash support for Afghanistan’s poor families

    Kabul [Afghanistan]December 5 (ANI): The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has announced cash assistance to 1,00,000 poor families in Afghanistan to help them survive the coming winter, as the local population of Afghanistan is in desperate need of assistance to face their daily household needs, The Khaama Press, a news agency from Afghanistan, reported, citing […]

  • Live: European Union members near deal on Russian oil price cap

    Live: European Union members near deal on Russian oil price cap

    EU member states are close to agreement on a $60 dollar per barrel Russian oil price cap. Meanwhile, air raid alerts were issued across all of Ukraine on Thursday, as officials warned that Russia was preparing a new wave of missile and drone strikes. Follow our blog for all the latest developments. All times are […]

  • European Union members near deal on Russian oil price cap

    European Union members near deal on Russian oil price cap

    EU member states are close to agreement on a $60 dollar per barrel Russian oil price cap. Meanwhile, air raid alerts were issued across all of Ukraine on Thursday, as officials warned that Russia was preparing a new wave of missile and drone strikes. Read our live blog to see how all the day’s events […]

  • US: Russian attacks on Ukrainian infrastructure will not divide the West

    US: Russian attacks on Ukrainian infrastructure will not divide the West

    The United States said on Wednesday that Russia’s weeks-long campaign targeting attacks on Ukraine’s vital heating, electricity and water infrastructure would not diminish the West’s resolve to support Kyiv in its nine-month fight against Moscow’s invasion. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told a news conference after a two-day NATO summit in Bucharest, Romania, that […]

  • US: Russian attacks on Ukraine’s infrastructure will not divide the West

    US: Russian attacks on Ukraine’s infrastructure will not divide the West

    The United States said on Wednesday that Russia’s weeks-long campaign targeting attacks on Ukraine’s vital heating, electricity and water infrastructure would not diminish the West’s resolve to support Kyiv in its nine-month fight against Moscow’s invasion. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told a news conference after a two-day NATO summit in Bucharest, Romania, that […]

  • America’s bravado hides a deeply damaged democracy

    America’s bravado hides a deeply damaged democracy

    America is a nation in decline and exceptionalism has blinded us to a dangerous allegiance, writes Bilal Cleland. What is democracy? Abraham Lincolnin Gettysburg AddressNovember 19, 1863, gave one of the most frequently quoted statements about democracy. He described it as “government of the people, by the people, for the people”. It was a state […]

  • Day of Remembrance for Road Accident Victims

    Day of Remembrance for Road Accident Victims

    Today, November 20, is World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. It is a holiday that was established in 2005 by the United Nations and is celebrated every year on the third Sunday of November. This is a very important event that aims to draw attention to road safety in order to reduce road […]

  • The US and allies criticize Russia at the UN for missile attacks on Ukraine

    The US and allies criticize Russia at the UN for missile attacks on Ukraine

    The United States and its allies on Wednesday criticized Russia at the United Nations Security Council for missile attacks on Ukraine in a meeting a day after a missile that NATO said was a stray fired by Ukraine’s air defenses crashed inside Poland. Read our live blog to review today’s latest developments. The time is […]

  • Live: China urges ‘calm’ after missile strike in Poland

    Live: China urges ‘calm’ after missile strike in Poland

    China on Wednesday called for “calm” following a deadly missile strike on a Polish village near the border with Ukraine. Follow FRANCE 24’s live blog for the latest developments. All times are Paris time (GMT+1). 9:27am: NATO holds emergency talks after missile lands in Poland Ambassadors from the 30 NATO nations gathered in Brussels Wednesday […]

  • Xinhua Middle East News Brief at 2200 GMT, 8 November

    SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt – Developed countries should fulfill their pledge to provide US$100 billion in climate finance as soon as possible and draw a roadmap to double the Adaptation Fund, China’s special envoy for climate change Xie Zhenhua said on Tuesday. Xie, also the special representative of Chinese President Xi Jinping, made the remarks in […]

  • COP27 in Egypt: Cause for hope or doomed to disappoint

    COP27 in Egypt: Cause for hope or doomed to disappoint

    Activists have criticized previous UN climate talks, calling them slow, complex and ineffective. As countries around the world fail to meet climate commitments to keep global temperatures below the fateful 2 degrees Celsius, can this year’s COP27 in Egypt rise above the failures of the past – or is it destined to disappoint? For nearly […]

  • COP27 in Egypt: The core of hope or doomed to despair

    COP27 in Egypt: The core of hope or doomed to despair

    Activists have slammed previous UN climate talks, calling them slow, complex and ineffective. As countries around the world fail to meet climate commitments to keep global temperatures below a fateful 2 degrees Celsius, can this year’s COP27 in Egypt rise above its bad rep, or is it destined to disappoint? For nearly thirty years, the […]

  • Zelensky says grain deal resumption important for ‘whole world’

    Zelensky says grain deal resumption important for ‘whole world’

    Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky Wednesday hailed “a significant diplomatic result for our country and the whole world” after Russia rejoined a deal to allow Ukrainian grain exports via the Black Sea. Read our live blog to see how all the day’s events unfolded. All times are Paris local time (GMT+1). This live page is no […]

  • Live: Zelensky says grain deal resumption important for ‘whole world’

    Live: Zelensky says grain deal resumption important for ‘whole world’

    Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky Wednesday hailed “a significant diplomatic result for our country and the whole world” after Russia rejoined a deal to allow Ukrainian grain exports via the Black Sea. Follow our live blog for the latest developments. All times are Paris local time (GMT+1). 10:16pm: Zelensky says grain deal resumption important for ‘whole […]

  • Zelensky calls for ‘long-term protection’ of Ukraine grain corridor

    Zelensky calls for ‘long-term protection’ of Ukraine grain corridor

    Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky said Tuesday that the grain shipping corridor to get food out of his country, part of an agreement Russia has suspended, needs reliable, long-term protection. Lawyers in Britain earlier took the first step towards what they said was “groundbreaking” legal action against Russia’s shadowy Wagner group over allegations it committed “terrorism” […]

  • Live: France accuses Russia of endangering world food supply

    Live: France accuses Russia of endangering world food supply

    French President Emmanuel Macron, during a phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday, accused Russia of endangering the world’s food supply by suspending its participation in a Ukrainian grain deal. Macron also assured Zelensky that France would help Ukraine get through the winter and help repair water and energy infrastructure damaged by Russian […]

  • Live: Water, power supply in Kyiv restored after missile attack

    Live: Water, power supply in Kyiv restored after missile attack

    Kiev’s mayor said water and electricity had been restored to residents after “massive” missile strikes on the capital by Russian forces. Meanwhile, Russian-installed officials in Ukraine’s southern Kherson region announced the extension of an evacuation zone further from the Dnipro River, saying Ukraine may prepare to attack the Kakhovka dam and flood the region. Follow […]

  • Russia stops participation in UN agreement that allows Ukraine to export grain

    Russia stops participation in UN agreement that allows Ukraine to export grain

    Moscow has suspended implementation of a UN-brokered grain export deal that has allowed more than 9 million tonnes of grain to be exported from Ukraine, helping to ease the global food crisis and lower prices. The Russian Defense Ministry said it would no longer guarantee the safety of cargo ships participating in the UN-led initiative, […]

  • VOA Immigration Weekly Recap, October 2329

    VOA Immigration Weekly Recap, October 2329

    Editor’s Note: Here’s a look at immigration-related news around the United States this week. Questions? Tip? Comments? Email VOA’s immigration team: [email protected] DACA made federal regulation, but future remains uncertain The Biden administration has revised a program that shielded from deportation hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children, hoping […]

  • Live: Erdogan defends ties with Russia during talks with Putin

    Live: Erdogan defends ties with Russia during talks with Putin

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday defended Ankara’s booming trade ties with Moscow during a meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Kazakhstan. The meeting between the two leaders, the fourth in three months, came as the US and EU apply renewed pressure on Turkey to comply with sanctions against Russia. Follow FRANCE […]

  • Live: Explosions shake Ukraine’s capital Kyiv

    Live: Explosions shake Ukraine’s capital Kyiv

    Several loud explosions rocked central Kyiv early Monday, local officials said, as the United Nations General Assembly was due to begin a debate on a draft resolution condemning Russia’s annexation of four Ukrainian regions. Read our live blog for the latest developments in the war in Ukraine. All times are Paris time (GMT + 2). […]

  • Erdogan is working to deepen ties with Putin amid allies’ concerns

    Erdogan is working to deepen ties with Putin amid allies’ concerns

    Istanbul – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke by phone on Friday with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, to deepen relations. The talks are seen as likely contributing to growing concerns among some of Turkey’s NATO partners about its relationship with Moscow and where its loyalties lie. The phone call was announced in a press […]

  • Bangladesh is demanding recognition of the 1971 genocide committed by Pakistan at the UN

    Bangladesh is demanding recognition of the 1971 genocide committed by Pakistan at the UN

    Dhaka [Bangladesh]October 5 (ANI): Bangladesh Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva Sanchita Haque has demanded recognition of the 1971 genocide committed by the Pakistan Army. While addressing a side event at the United Nations on Monday, Haque said: “The Government of Bangladesh has declared March 25 as Genocide Day. Bangladesh condemns genocide committed […]

  • The UN’s fiscal policy for advanced economies risks global recession

    The UN’s fiscal policy for advanced economies risks global recession

    geneva – UN economists are warning that the monetary and fiscal policies of advanced economies risk plunging the world into a recession worse than the 2008 financial crisis. UNCTAD, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, has issued its 2022 annual trade and development report. The authors of the report warn that the world […]

  • Iceland ranks fifth in terms of digital services

    Iceland ranks fifth in terms of digital services

    Iceland continues to rise in international rankings for digital public services and infrastructure, according to a press release from the Ministry of Finance and Economy, which also said that Iceland is now ranked fifth in a new United Nations biennial ranking out of 193 countries, which means a jump from twelfth place in […] The […]

  • Russia points the finger at the sole recipient of pipeline sabotage

    Russia points the finger at the sole recipient of pipeline sabotage

    The pipelines were the last thing that ensured the EU’s energy independence, Moscow’s UN envoy said The sabotage of Russia’s Nord Stream gas pipeline benefits the United States, not Russia or the EU, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia said on Friday. “The main question is whether what happened with Nord Stream […]

  • It is important to dream big!

    It is important to dream big!

    Philanthropic work is like oxygen: often invisible, but vital to our society. In Denmark, the undisputed giant of philanthropy is Realdania, an association that has supported 4,500 projects with more than 2.9 billion euros. CEO’s insightIn this interview, Jesper Nygård, CEO of Realdania, shares some of his insights. Diplomacy Magazine caught up with him in […]

  • UN Weekly Roundup: 24–30 September 2022

    UN Weekly Roundup: 24–30 September 2022

    United Nations – Editor’s note: Here’s a quick snapshot of what the international community has been up to this past week, as seen from the UN’s perch. Ukraine’s Zelenskyy briefs the Security Council Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy told the UN Security Council on Tuesday that Russia must be completely isolated internationally for its sham referendums […]

  • Russia will officially annex four regions of Ukraine tomorrow

    Russia will officially annex four regions of Ukraine tomorrow

    He added that Putin will make a speech on this occasion. A referendum organized by Russian authorities to annex the occupied territories of Ukraine was largely considered a “scam” and has been widely criticized by several countries. Chancellor of Germany Olaf Scholz Germany said Germany would never accept the results of the “fake” referendums on […]

  • The European Commission proposes additional sanctions against Russia due to the escalation in Ukraine

    The European Commission proposes additional sanctions against Russia due to the escalation in Ukraine

    “Russia has escalated its aggression against Ukraine to a new level and we are determined to make the Kremlin pay the price for this continued escalation,” he tweeted, citing the sanctions as “more products that cannot be exported to Russia, especially in a key position.” technology that its war machine needs.” Von der Leyen proposed […]

  • International Round-Up: Denmark opens official office in Rwanda

    International Round-Up: Denmark opens official office in Rwanda

    Asylum stage?Denmark turned heads last year when it passed a law allowing the country to send asylum seekers outside Europe while they are under review. Rwanda was singled out as a potential destination for asylum seekers. “Denmark and Rwanda share a desire to better help more refugees to tackle irregular and dangerous migration, such as […]

  • Overview: A year of Taliban rule in Afghanistan

    Overview: A year of Taliban rule in Afghanistan

    WASHINGTON – A year after the Taliban’s return to power, the Islamist group’s efforts to manage an economy already battered by drought, the Covid-19 pandemic and waning confidence in the government it toppled have largely proved fruitless. In Afghanistan’s last fiscal year before the collapse of Ashraf Ghani’s Western-backed coalition government – 2020-21 – 75% […]

  • Norwegian Refugee Council Announces $2.5 Million Hilton Humanitarian Award for 2022

    Norwegian Refugee Council Announces $2.5 Million Hilton Humanitarian Award for 2022

    To date, the Hilton Foundation has awarded more than $41 million to awardees. NRC joins a list of 26 award winners, including CAMFED, Homeboy Industries, METAdrasi, SHOFCO, icddr,b and The Task Force for Global Health. In the award, Jan EgelandThe Secretary-General of the NRC said: “We are honored to receive this prestigious humanitarian award at […]

  • Live: First shipment of Ukrainian grain reaches Turkish waters

    Live: First shipment of Ukrainian grain reaches Turkish waters

    The first shipment of Ukrainian grain since Russia’s invasion reached Turkish territorial waters on Tuesday near the entrance to the Bosphorus. The number of border crossings from Ukraine has exceeded 10 million, the UN refugee agency reported. Follow FRANCE 24’s live blog for the latest developments. All times are Paris time (GMT+2). 21:30: Fighting in […]

  • New sculpture at the UN honors rights experts killed in DR Congo

    New sculpture at the UN honors rights experts killed in DR Congo

    A powerful new sculpture unveiled at UN headquarters on Wednesday honors the memory and mission of two human rights experts murdered in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) five years ago. Speaking at the ceremony, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres again expressed its deepest condolences to the families of Zaida Catalan and Michael Sharp, who attended […]

  • Humanity exceeded the Earth’s resource budget for the year on Thursday

    Humanity exceeded the Earth’s resource budget for the year on Thursday

    Earth Overshoot Day is calculated annually for each country based on approximately 15,000 data points. The information is provided by the United Nations. Finns used all their natural resources for this year on the 31st of Marcha couple of days after the Danes and Belgians, but a couple of days before the Koreans and Swedes. […]

  • Is the grain agreement between Ukraine and Russia a "a beacon of hope" or an imaginary dream?

    Is the grain agreement between Ukraine and Russia a "a beacon of hope" or an imaginary dream?

    Millions of people in the world’s poorest nations, at imminent risk of starvation, heaved a sigh of relief at the news that these much-needed quantities of grain were reaching the market and grain prices could once again become affordable. Less than 24 hours later, however, Russian missiles hit targets in the port of Odesa, raising […]

  • Xinhua World News Roundup at 0100 GMT, July 24

    TRIPOLI – The death toll from clashes between two rival armed groups in the Libyan capital Tripoli has risen to 16 and injuries to 52, the Libyan health ministry said on Saturday. “All wounded are receiving medical care in public and private hospitals in Tripoli,” the ministry said on its Facebook page. (Libya-Clash-Death toll) – […]

  • Xinhua Middle East News Summary at 2200 GMT, July 18

    ANKARA – Turkey will suspend Finland’s and Sweden’s accession process to NATO if they do not keep their promises to fight terrorism, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday. “I would like to remind you that we will freeze the process if they do not take the necessary measures to meet our conditions,” Erdogan […]

  • Nuclear deal: Iran will do it "expect"

    Nuclear deal: Iran will do it "expect"

    That’s a strange way to put it, seeing as how Joe Biden spent the last year taping, barking and finding new excuses to avoid “returning” to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, aka the “Iran Nuclear Deal.” The Iranians have consistently stated that they are happy to “return” to the deal whenever the US does. […]

  • Right now: Blatter and Platini are free

    Right now: Blatter and Platini are free

    Former United Nations Secretary-General Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini have been acquitted of fraud and corruption, according to AFP. The judges were acquitted in a court in Bellinzona, Switzerland. Hear Radiosport’s Richard Henriksson comment on the verdict.

  • The EU grants an additional 40 million euros for polio vaccines and child protection in Afghanistan

    The EU grants an additional 40 million euros for polio vaccines and child protection in Afghanistan

    “That’s why the EU is donating an additional €15 million to UNICEF to help identify boys and girls returning to Afghanistan who need help, as well as children who are at risk of migration, and give them options other than migration or labour,” he said. Credited by the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF). […]

  • UNESCO published a new state of the ocean report

    UNESCO published a new state of the ocean report

    “The report will effectively help track the progress of the UN Ocean Decade and, over time, can become an eagerly awaited global publication that will make a significant contribution to mobilizing the global community to act towards ‘the ocean we need for the future,’” said Vladimir RyabinSecretary General of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC-UNESCO). IOC-UNESCO […]

  • UN goose care team meets in Helsinki to discuss population trends and joint measures

    UN goose care team meets in Helsinki to discuss population trends and joint measures

    The meeting will discuss the latest information on the development of the goose population and decide on possible follow-up measures for the stocks within the mandate of the European Goose Management Platform. In the case of white geese, the effects of exempted shooting on the development of different populations are being discussed. In the case […]

  • Roundup: Yemen ceasefire consists of: UN Special Envoy

    UNITED NATIONS, June 14 (Xinhua) – The ceasefire in Yemen has so far helped reduce fighting and other positive developments, but more needs to be done to meet growing humanitarian needs and insecurity, the UN Security Council said on Tuesday. Council members heard from two top UN officials who gave an update on the effects […]

  • Finland suspends EUR 70 million funding for UN program;  calls for an audit after the scandal

    Finland suspends EUR 70 million funding for UN program; calls for an audit after the scandal

    Finland suspended tens of millions of euros in funding from several UN development agencies – most of its UN development funding – as a result of suspected abuses of the UN program in Helsinki. Yle’s report earlier in June covered extensively how the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) Program for Sustainable Infrastructure and […]

  • 17 states elected to the UN Economic and Social Council for a three-year term

    UNITED NATIONS, June 10 (Xinhua) – Seventeen states were elected on Friday to the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the coordinating body for the economic and social work of UN agencies and funds, for a three-year term. The states were elected by secret ballot with a two-thirds majority of the member states present […]

  • 17 countries elected to the UN Economic and Social Council for a 3-year term

    17 countries elected to the UN Economic and Social Council for a 3-year term

    New York [US]June 11 (ANI / Xinhua): On Friday, seventeen states were elected to the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the coordinating body for the economic and social work of UN agencies and funds, for a three-year term. The states were elected by secret ballot with a two-thirds majority of the member states […]

  • Finland at centre of multimillion dollar UN sustainable housing scandal

    Finland at centre of multimillion dollar UN sustainable housing scandal

    Finland has become embroiled in a scandal involving a United Nations project in which tens of millions of dollars were invested into a flagship sustainable housing programme. The project was operating out of an office in downtown Helsinki. A UN audit revealed that up to 60 million dollars was allocated to a single partner company […]

  • International Environment Conference in Stockholm – 50 years of environmental action

    International Environment Conference in Stockholm – 50 years of environmental action

    The 1972 Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment led to the establishment of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and a number of international environmental agreements. The conference was a key milestone in the development of international environmental governance and cooperation, and the establishment of an environmental program is celebrated annually on World Environment Day […]

  • Delegations from Sweden, Finland hold NATO talks in Turkey

    Delegations from Sweden, Finland hold NATO talks in Turkey

    ANKARA, Turkey – Senior officials from Sweden and Finland held about five hours of talks with Turkish counterparts in Ankara on Wednesday in an attempt to overcome Turkey’s strong objections to the Nordic nations’ applications to join NATO. Sweden and Finland submitted their written applications to join NATO last week. The move represents one of […]

  • Live: Ukraine says investigating 13,000 alleged Russian war crimes

    Live: Ukraine says investigating 13,000 alleged Russian war crimes

    Ukraine Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova said there were about 13,000 cases of alleged Russian war crimes being probed as of Monday. Follow FRANCE 24’s liveblog for the latest developments. All times are Paris time (GMT+2). 6:56pm: Lithuania calls on EU to provide cash for Ukrainian refugees Lithuanian Finance Minister Gintare Skaiste urged the European Union […]

  • Latest developments in Ukraine: 23 May

    Latest developments in Ukraine: 23 May

    For full coverage of the crisis in Ukraine, visit Flash point Ukraine. Recent developments in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. All times EDT: 02:00: Russian citizens can express their dissatisfaction with the way the war against Ukraine is going, the British Ministry of Defense predicted on Monday, based on the number of casualties suffered […]

  • Finland expects 10,000 to 20,000 refugees from Ukraine in May-July

    Finland expects 10,000 to 20,000 refugees from Ukraine in May-July

    “In the long run, there is more uncertainty about how the amount of income will develop: it is estimated that between 10,000 and 60,000 people a year will leave Finland for Finland in the next two years,” the press release said. reads. Uncertainty stems, among other things, from the development of the military situation in […]

  • Restrictive abortion laws endanger Nigerian women

    Restrictive abortion laws endanger Nigerian women

    The word “abortion” is used to describe two types of pregnancies that end before 20 weeks, which is now considered the age of viability for a pregnancy. Spontaneous abortion takes place without the woman’s intention to stop the pregnancy, it is pregnancy loss before 20 weeks of gestation. Induced abortion is an intentional termination of […]

  • China In Eurasia Briefing: Why The Ukraine War Matters For Asia

    China In Eurasia Briefing: Why The Ukraine War Matters For Asia

    Welcome back to the China In Eurasia briefing, an RFE/RL newsletter tracking China’s resurgent influence from Eastern Europe to Central Asia. I’m RFE/RL correspondent Reid Standish and here’s what I’m following right now. Why The Ukraine War Matters For Asia The ripple effects of the Ukraine war are spreading across the world and already hitting […]

  • Russia is accused of food theft when the G7 tries to unlock Ukraine’s ports

    Russia is accused of food theft when the G7 tries to unlock Ukraine’s ports

    Russia is accused of large-scale grain theft when top diplomats from the group of seven rich nations gather in northern Germany for three days of talks on Ukraine’s global impact on food and energy prices. “This is a particularly disgusting form of war led by Russia,” German Agriculture Minister Cem Oezdemir said on Friday at […]

  • Spring tourism in Paris is flourishing despite the pandemic, Ukraine conflict

    Spring tourism in Paris is flourishing despite the pandemic, Ukraine conflict

    France is experiencing a spring renaissance for its tourism industry, especially in Paris. Ljusstaden saw a huge influx of visitors to the April Easter break, a trend that tourism officials say fortunately continues. International tourism arrivals worldwide have more than doubled, an increase of 130 percent in January 2022 compared to the same period last […]

  • Live: Heavy shelling in Odesa places global grain shipments at risk

    Live: Heavy shelling in Odesa places global grain shipments at risk

    Russian strikes continue to barrage the port city of Odesa, Ukrainian officials said Tuesday, an apparent effort to disrupt supply lines and Western weapons shipments critical to Kyiv’s defence. Odesa is a major gateway for global grain shipments, and Ukrainian and Western officials have warned that Russia’s blockade threatens global food supplies. Follow FRANCE 24’s […]

  • World Insights: Serious consequences await if NATO expands further

    STOCKHOLM, 9 May (Xinhua) – The Office of the President of Finland has recently confirmed that President Sauli Niinisto will make a statement on Finland’s NATO membership by 12 May. At the same time, Tobias Baudin, Secretary General of the ruling Swedish Social Democratic Party, said that the party will probably make a final decision […]

  • GLOBALink | Two Chinese police officers awarded a UN medal in Cyprus

    NICOSIA, May 7 (Xinhua) – Two Chinese officers serving in the UN Police Force in Cyprus have been awarded honors for their dedicated service. They were among the twenty officers who received the UN medal at a medal ceremony held in Nicosia on Thursday. The United Nations Police (UNPOL) has been part of the UN […]

  • The police awarded the UN medal in Cyprus

    NICOSIA, May 5 (Xinhua) – Twenty officers serving in the UN Police Force in Cyprus have been awarded honors for their dedicated service at a special ceremony on Thursday. At a medal ceremony held in Nicosia, the officers, including two from China, received their UN medal with the inscription “In the Service of Peace”. In […]

  • Live: UN again trying to evacuate Mariupol civilians, says Guterres

    Live: UN again trying to evacuate Mariupol civilians, says Guterres

    The UN said a third operation is under way to evacuate civilians from the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol, where fighting continued on Thursday at a besieged steel plant despite Moscow’s pledge to open humanitarian corridors. Earlier, Poland said an international donor conference raised more than 6 billion euros to help rebuild the war-torn country. […]

  • Human greed leads to chronic soil degradation worldwide, says sharp UN report

    Human greed leads to chronic soil degradation worldwide, says sharp UN report

    The second edition of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), entitled “Global Land Outlook” (GLO), which precedes the UNCCD’s COP15 conference in Africa, sheds light on the way in which land resources – soil, water and biodiversity – are currently poorly managed and misused and how it threatens the health and continued survival […]

  • Denmark to outsource interns

    Denmark to outsource interns

    The Ministers of Justice of Denmark and Kosovo have signed a treaty in which Copenhagen rents 300 prison cells from Pristina Denmark will send foreign nationals convicted in the country to serve their sentences in a Kosovo prison, the countries’ respective justice ministers agreed on Wednesday. Should both sides’ parliament give the green light to […]

  • US special envoy discusses recent attacks on civilians in Afghanistan with Swedish officials

    US special envoy discusses recent attacks on civilians in Afghanistan with Swedish officials

    Kabul [Afghanistan]April 27 (ANI): US Special Representative for Afghanistan Thomas West met with Swedish officials Niclas Kvarnstron and discussed the latest attacks on civilians in the troubled country. “Meet Niclas Kvarnström, Andreas von Uexkull their colleagues yesterday to discuss the humanitarian response, the rights of all Afghans, recent attacks on civilians, the economic situation in […]

  • BiH celebrates Chinese Language Day

    SARAJEVO, April 20 (Xinhua) – On Wednesday, the University of Eastern Sarajevo organized a celebration of Chinese Language Day at its Faculty of Philosophy in Pale, about 18 kilometers east of the Bosnian capital Sarajevo. “Language is the bearer of culture and has a key to understanding the culture of a country. It is not […]

  • Statement by the UNHCR Deputy High Commissioner on the risks of trafficking and exploitation of refugees from Ukraine

    Statement by the UNHCR Deputy High Commissioner on the risks of trafficking and exploitation of refugees from Ukraine

    We know that the risks of gender-based violence, human trafficking, assault, psychological trauma and family separation increase during conflicts and transitions, but given the gender profile of this refugee flow and the fact that many children have fled alone, these have now been reported. As in emergencies and due to the covert nature of human […]