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COP29 host Azerbaijan launches climate fund, introduces fossil fuel levy

Azerbaijan, the host of this year's UN climate talks, has shelved a planned levy on fossil fuel production and instead launched a fund to "invest" in climate action in developing countries. Reports suggest that Azerbaijan, which relies heavily on oil and gas revenues, faced resistance from some oil- and gas-producing Gulf countries regarding the planned levy announced in May. The new fund, the "Climate Finance Action Fund" (CFAF), will receive annual contributions from fossil fuel-producing countries and companies. Initial fundraising aims for USD 1 billion, with members committing to annual contributions as fixed sums or based on production volume, according to a statement. Based in the capital city of Baku, the fund will target climate projects in developing countries, meeting the next generation of national climate plans to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, and addressing the consequences of climate change-fuelled disasters. Financial support to help middle-income and

COP29 host Azerbaijan launches climate fund, introduces fossil fuel levy
Updated On : 20 Jul 2024 | 8:47 AM IST

Terrorism must be quelled in all forms, including financing it: India at UN

The official also called for taking proactive steps to prevent the spread of radicalisation among the youth

Terrorism must be quelled in all forms, including financing it: India at UN
Updated On : 20 Jul 2024 | 6:58 AM IST

UN Chief Antonio Guterres expresses concern over violence in Bangladesh

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is following the developments in Bangladesh very closely and is deeply concerned by the ongoing violence, his spokesperson has said, urging authorities in Dhaka to work with its young population and find solutions to the ongoing challenges. Violent protests erupted in Bangladesh over quotas in the allocation of government jobs. Turning to the situation in Bangladesh, I can tell you that we are, of course, following the developments in the capital, Dhaka, and other places in Bangladesh very closely, and we continue to call for restraint from all sides, Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, said at the daily press briefing Thursday. The UN chief urged the Bangladesh Government to ensure a conducive environment for dialogue and encouraged protesters to engage in dialogue to resolve the deadlock. Violence is never a solution, Dujarric said, adding that the Secretary-General encourages meaningful and constructive participation o

UN Chief Antonio Guterres expresses concern over violence in Bangladesh
Updated On : 19 Jul 2024 | 11:48 AM IST

Nelson Mandela International Day 2024: Date, history, quotes and more

The world comes together to celebrate Nelson Mandela International Day on 18th July every year, to honour the life and legacy of South Africa's first black president

Nelson Mandela International Day 2024: Date, history, quotes and more
Updated On : 18 Jul 2024 | 12:32 PM IST

China tops US in daily dietary protein intake, India falls behind

According to a recent UN report, China topped the US in daily protein availability per capita, highlighting advancements in agriculture and a shift towards plant-based proteins for sustainability

China tops US in daily dietary protein intake, India falls behind
Updated On : 18 Jul 2024 | 12:21 PM IST

India at UN calls for ceasefire in Gaza strip, urges release of hostages

India's Deputy Representative to the UN, R Ravindra, also underlined that India's developmental assistance to Palestine

India at UN calls for ceasefire in Gaza strip, urges release of hostages
Updated On : 18 Jul 2024 | 7:54 AM IST

Political direction needed to settle dispute on climate finance: COP29 prez

The president of this year's UN climate summit said on Wednesday that political direction is required to resolve disagreements on a new financial target to support developing countries' climate actions post 2025. Climate finance will be at the centre of the UN climate conference in Baku, Azerbaijan, where the world will reach the deadline to agree on the New Collective Quantified Goal (NCQG) -- the new amount developed nations must mobilise every year starting 2025 to support climate action in developing countries. But achieving consensus will not be easy, given the disappointing progress made on the issue at the mid-year UN climate talks in Bonn, Germany. "There are disagreements on key elements that will require political direction and we must focus high-level discussions on these points," COP29 President-Designate Mukhtar Babayev said in a letter to nearly 200 countries that are signatories to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Babayev said clima

Political direction needed to settle dispute on climate finance: COP29 prez
Updated On : 18 Jul 2024 | 7:20 AM IST

UN climate talks head highlights urgency of financial help for poor nations

The head of upcoming climate negotiations told world leaders Wednesday that a new financial aid package for poor and disaster-struck nations is the urgent, make-or-break goal of United Nations talks this fall. Time lost is lives, livelihoods and the planet lost, said Mukhtar Babayev, the Azerbaijan ecology minister and president-designate of November climate talks in Baku, Azerbaijan. At the same time, Simon Stiell, the United Nations' top climate official, made an emotional plea for a stepped-up fight against the growing cost of unchecked climate carnage from his hurricane-demolished hometown of Carriacou, Grenada, in some of the first video from the devastated island. Beryl is yet more painful proof, Stiell, executive secretary of the UN's climate agency, said from the remnants of a neighbour's house that had lost its roof and walls. Every year fossil fuel-driven climate costs are an economic wrecking ball hitting billions of households and small businesses. If governments ...

UN climate talks head highlights urgency of financial help for poor nations
Updated On : 17 Jul 2024 | 2:19 PM IST

Review of India's implementation of ICCPR successfully concluded: MEA

A periodic review of India's implementation of the UN-mandated International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) was "successfully" concluded on Tuesday by experts of the Human Rights Committee in Geneva. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said the review demonstrated India's commitment to engaging with the international human rights framework and its willingness to address concerns, while continuing its efforts towards protection and promotion of the rights of its citizens. The Human Rights Committee carried out the fourth periodic report of India on how it implements the provisions of the ICCPR. The ICCPR, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1966, is a multilateral treaty that commits nations to respect the civil and political rights of individuals. It came into force in 1976. India has undergone three ICCPR reviews in the past -- the last being in 1997. "India successfully concluded its fourth periodic review by the Human Rights Committee under the Internationa

Review of India's implementation of ICCPR successfully concluded: MEA
Updated On : 16 Jul 2024 | 11:44 PM IST

TTP largest terror group in Afghanistan, could turn extra regional: UN

The Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) remained the largest terrorist group in Afghanistan and greater collaboration between al-Qaeda and the terror group could transform it into an extraregional threat, according to a UN report. The 15th report of the Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team concerning the Taliban and other associated individuals and entities said that the TTP remained the largest terrorist group in Afghanistan, with an estimated strength of 6,0006,500 fighters. The report said that one member state expressed concern that greater collaboration between TTP and al-Qaeda could transform TTP into an 'extraregional threat'. It said that al-Qaeda's support of TTP includes the sharing of Afghan fighters for its "tashkils - in this context, military staffing or a formation and training camps in Afghanistan. Training provided by al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) has resulted in TTP shifting tactics and high-profile attacks against hard targets. One interlocut

TTP largest terror group in Afghanistan, could turn extra regional: UN
Updated On : 16 Jul 2024 | 10:52 AM IST

India releases first tranche of $2.5 mn to UN for Palestinian refugees

The Indian government has released the first tranche of USD 2.5 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) as part of its annual contribution of USD 5 million for the year 2024-25, the Representative Office of India here said on Monday. The UNRWA, which has carried out direct relief and works programmes for registered Palestinian refugees since 1950, is making efforts to keep up its functioning in the middle of the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza. The Representative Office of India in Ramallah in its statement on X said: "The Government of India released the first tranche of USD 2.5 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), as part of its annual contribution of USD 5 million for the year 2024-25." Over the years, in its endeavour to support the Palestinian refugees and their welfare, India has provided financial support to the tune of USD 35 million till 2023-24 for t

India releases first tranche of $2.5 mn to UN for Palestinian refugees
Updated On : 15 Jul 2024 | 11:05 PM IST

ISA members negotiate deep sea mining code in Jamaica as opposition mounts

Supporters say deep sea mining will help boost supplies of raw materials like cobalt and nickel, which are needed for the global energy transition

ISA members negotiate deep sea mining code in Jamaica as opposition mounts
Updated On : 15 Jul 2024 | 12:30 PM IST

Baku Summit tough, finance deal key to climate progress: Ex-Maldives prez

Negotiations at the UN climate conference in Baku in November are expected to be "extremely challenging", former Maldivian president Mohamed Nasheed has said while emphasizing that an agreement on a new finance goal is central to breaking the political deadlock on climate action. In an interview with PTI, Nasheed, the Secretary-General of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF), said Azerbaijan's resolve to negotiate commitments upwards at COP29 under its presidency will be tested. The CVF is a group of developing countries highly vulnerable to climate change. It was founded in November 2009 in the Maldives' capital Male. The forum now comprises 68 countries representing 1.74 billion people. Nasheed said climate finance is all about responsibility and not aid. "It involves trillions of dollars, not billions, because the only way for us to truly fight climate change is to invest our way out of it," he said. Resolving the debate on the New Collective Quantified Goal (NCQG) at COP29 in Ba

Baku Summit tough, finance deal key to climate progress: Ex-Maldives prez
Updated On : 14 Jul 2024 | 3:08 PM IST

India has only 38 years before its population starts shrinking: UN Report

By 2100, the top three most populous countries in the world will be India, China and Pakistan

India has only 38 years before its population starts shrinking: UN Report
Updated On : 12 Jul 2024 | 8:59 PM IST

India nears population stability: 31 of 36 states/ UTs at replacement level

More than 65% of India's population is within the reproductive age group, highlighting the importance of offering them choices to avoid the burden of unplanned family growth

India nears population stability: 31 of 36 states/ UTs at replacement level
Updated On : 12 Jul 2024 | 8:59 PM IST

2025- 2034 to be decade to combat sand storms from Africa to China: UN

The UN General Assembly on Wednesday declared 2025 to 2034 the United Nations Decade on Combating Sand and Dust Storms extreme weather events that are increasing and threatening health and economies from central Africa to northern China. Uganda's UN Ambassador Godfrey Kwoba, who introduced the resolution on behalf of the Group of 77, a powerful UN group of 134 developing countries and China, told the 193-member assembly the initiative aims to halt and mitigate the negative effects of sand and dust storms through international and regional cooperation. The assembly adopted the resolution by consensus and a bang of the gavel by assembly president Dennis Francis. In a 2022 report, the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification said sand and dust storms have increased dramatically in frequency in recent years. It said storms can exacerbate respiratory illnesses, kill crops and livestock, and increase desertification, though documentation of their impact is limited. The ...

2025- 2034 to be decade to combat sand storms from Africa to China: UN
Updated On : 11 Jul 2024 | 7:33 AM IST

Russia chairs UN meet condemning its strike on Ukraine children's hospital

UN Security Council members confronted Russia on Tuesday over a missile strike the previous day that destroyed part of Ukraine's largest children's hospital, pouring out condemnations at an emergency meeting chaired by Moscow's own ambassador. Russia denies responsibility for the strike at the hospital, where at least two staffers were killed. France and Ecuador asked for the session at the Security Council, but Russia led it as the current holder of the council's rotating presidency, putting Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia on the receiving end of the criticism. Mr President, please stop this war. It has been going on for too long, Slovenian Ambassador Samuel Zbogar appealed. US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield told colleagues that they were there because Russia, a permanent member of the Security Council, current rotational president of the Security Council, attacked a children's hospital. Even uttering that phrase sends a chill down my spine, she added. Nebenzia characterised the

Russia chairs UN meet condemning its strike on Ukraine children's hospital
Updated On : 10 Jul 2024 | 7:46 AM IST

UNHCR chief meets Pakistan PM on Afghan refugee situation after clampdown

The head of the UN refugee agency and Pakistan's prime minister held talks on Tuesday about Afghan refugees living in uncertainty in Pakistan following the government's anti-migrant crackdown that started last year as militants stepped up attacks on security forces. That crackdown on undocumented Afghans in Pakistan was apparently recently put on hold, without authorities offering any explanation for this. Pakistan has long hosted an estimated 1.7 million (17 lakh) Afghans, most of whom fled during the 1979-1989 Soviet occupation of their country. More than half-a-million others escaped Afghanistan after the Taliban takeover in 2021, with thousands waiting in Pakistan for resettlement in the United States and elsewhere. Since Pakistan's widely-criticised clampdown started last November, an estimated six lakh Afghans have returned home. The undocumented Afghans are separate from refugees who have registered with the authorities and the UNHCR, though the crackdown has raised concerns

UNHCR chief meets Pakistan PM on Afghan refugee situation after clampdown
Updated On : 10 Jul 2024 | 7:35 AM IST

Have integrated SDGs into national development strategies: India at UN

India has said it has fully integrated the Sustainable Development Goals into its national development strategies and is proud of its SDG localisation model that is built on the pillars of institutional ownership, collaborative competition, capacity building, and a whole-of-society approach. The remarks by India's Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Yojna Patel came here on Monday while addressing the High-Level Political Forum panel on From the SDG Summit to the effective delivery of sustainable, resilient and innovative solutions' at the UN General Assembly. The High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) opened July 8 and will run through July 17 with the theme of "Reinforcing the 2030 Agenda and eradicating poverty in times of multiple crises: the effective delivery of sustainable, resilient and innovative solutions. India is proud of its SDG localisation model, which is built on four pillars: institutional ownership, collaborative competition,

Have integrated SDGs into national development strategies: India at UN
Updated On : 09 Jul 2024 | 9:03 PM IST

'Houthis could free detained political leader under swap deal,' says UN

Yemen's Houthi rebels could free a political leader with ties to the internationally recognised government who has been detained for nearly a decade, under a preliminary prisoner swap deal announced by the United Nations on Monday. Mohamed Qahtan is the leader of the Sunni Islamist Islah party, which is aligned with the Saudi Arabia-backed government, and he has been held incommunicado by the Iranian-backed Houthis since 2015, the United Nations said. The office of UN special envoy Hans Grundberg convened a meeting in Oman with the International Committee of the Red Cross over the weekend to facilitate talks centred on a prisoner exchange, in accordance with the 2018 Stockholm Agreement, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said. The two Yemeni sides agreed to meet to discuss the final list of who will be released and the details of Qahtan's release, Dujarric said, without providing details on the potential agreement. Qahtan's release has been a point of contention for years, Dujarric ..

'Houthis could free detained political leader under swap deal,' says UN
Updated On : 09 Jul 2024 | 10:43 AM IST