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'If COVID-19 doesn't kill us, climate change will': At annual UN meet, world leaders warn of 'environmental Armageddon'
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'If COVID-19 doesn't kill us, climate change will': At annual UN meet, world leaders warn of 'environmental Armageddon'

The postponement of the UN climate summit hasn't stopped countries, from slowly sinking island nations to parched African ones, from speaking out.

Modi at UNGA Updates: How long will India be kept away from decision-making bodies at UN, asks PM?
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Modi at UNGA Updates: How long will India be kept away from decision-making bodies at UN, asks PM?

Narendra Modi Speech at UNGA 2020 LIVE Updates: "For how long will India be kept out of the decision-making structures of the United Nations?," Modi asked

UN, Britain to co-host global climate summit on 12 December to mark fifth anniversary of Paris Agreement
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UN, Britain to co-host global climate summit on 12 December to mark fifth anniversary of Paris Agreement

This summit is intended to increase momentum ahead of the United Nations Climate Change COP 26 to be held in Glasgow in November 2021.

Donald Trump, at UNGA, says Beijing must be held accountable for unleashing plague of 'China virus' on world
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Donald Trump, at UNGA, says Beijing must be held accountable for unleashing plague of 'China virus' on world

The US president said that China condemned his travel ban on their country, even as they cancelled domestic flights and locked citizens in their homes

UN faces 'crisis of confidence' without comprehensive reforms, says Narendra Modi in address to world body
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UN faces 'crisis of confidence' without comprehensive reforms, says Narendra Modi in address to world body

Modi asserted that the world needs a reformed multilateralism that reflects today's realities and gives voice to all stakeholders

UNGA adopts 'foward-looking' declaration for multilateralism, 'inclusive development' to mark its 75th anniversary
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UNGA adopts 'foward-looking' declaration for multilateralism, 'inclusive development' to mark its 75th anniversary

The landmark declaration was adopted at the high-level meeting of the 193-member Assembly to commemorate the milestone anniversary of the world body

Narendra Modi's address to mark UN's 75th anniversary will be 'truly significant', says Indian envoy
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Narendra Modi's address to mark UN's 75th anniversary will be 'truly significant', says Indian envoy

The prime minister will deliver the national statement on 26 September through a pre-recorded video statement

Afghanistan government airstrikes kill 24 civilians, injure 6 in northern province of Kunduz, say witnesses
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Afghanistan government airstrikes kill 24 civilians, injure 6 in northern province of Kunduz, say witnesses

The Afghan defence ministry claimed the airstrikes killed 30 Taliban fighters, but added an investigation was being held into claims that civilians were among the dead

South African rights groups join Caster Semenya's battle against ban, vow to petition United Nations
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South African rights groups join Caster Semenya's battle against ban, vow to petition United Nations

The South African Human Rights Commission and the Commission for Gender Equality this week announced plans to petition the UN and AU, claiming the regulations constitute "gross human rights violations".

Officials might have an in-person General Assembly meeting to discuss COVID-19 pandemic
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Officials might have an in-person General Assembly meeting to discuss COVID-19 pandemic

But several diplomats have said their countries are hesitant to meet so soon — especially in the United States, where the virus that causes the disease continues to spread widely.

World is inching closer to the 1.5 degree limit set by Paris Agreement, may exceed it in the next decade: UN report
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World is inching closer to the 1.5 degree limit set by Paris Agreement, may exceed it in the next decade: UN report

The world already has warmed nearly 1.1 degrees Celsius since the late 1800s, and the last five years are hotter than the previous five years.

World getting closer to passing 1.5-degree Celsius warming limit, says UN report
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World getting closer to passing 1.5-degree Celsius warming limit, says UN report

The latest report was the UN's annual update on “climate disruption” caused by the burning of coal, oil and gas

UN chief Antonio Guterres wants world powers to act together toward the climate threat, build green future
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UN chief Antonio Guterres wants world powers to act together toward the climate threat, build green future

Guterres wants the pandemic to sharpen governments' focus on cutting emissions and use the crisis as a springboard to launch policies that will wean societies off fossil fuels.

COVID-19 disrupts healthcare services, could reverse decades of work to reduce child mortality: UN
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COVID-19 disrupts healthcare services, could reverse decades of work to reduce child mortality: UN

2019 saw the lowest number of global under-five deaths on record with around 5.2 million children died due to preventable illness as compared with 12.5 million in 1990.

Jamal Khashoggi murder: Saudi court overturns death sentences of five convicts, sends eight to prison
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Jamal Khashoggi murder: Saudi court overturns death sentences of five convicts, sends eight to prison

The final ruling came after Khashoggi's sons in May said they'd "pardoned" the killers, a move condemned by a UN expert

First famines induced by the Coronavirus pandemic are already at the world’s doorstep, UN warns
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First famines induced by the Coronavirus pandemic are already at the world’s doorstep, UN warns

In April, the executive director of the World Food Program warned the Security Council that while the world was contending with the pandemic, we are also on the brink of a hunger pandemic.

UNICEF says it will lead global procurement and supply of coronavirus vaccines
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UNICEF says it will lead global procurement and supply of coronavirus vaccines

The vaccine procurement and distribution effort, involving over 170 economies, has the potential to become the largest and fastest of its kind

Pakistan issues financial sanctions against Afghanistan's Taliban members to avoid FATF blacklist
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Pakistan issues financial sanctions against Afghanistan's Taliban members to avoid FATF blacklist

The orders also target al-Qaida as well as outlawed Pakistani groups like Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, thousands of whom are believed to be hiding in remote regions of Afghanistan

Donald Trump administration notifies United Nations of decision to trigger 'snapback' sanctions on Iran
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Donald Trump administration notifies United Nations of decision to trigger 'snapback' sanctions on Iran

Mike Pompeo said the Trump administration has discarded the 'fiction' that Iran is seeking a peaceful nuclear programme

Four in ten schools around the world lack basic soap and water hand washing facilities during COVID-19, UN says
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Four in ten schools around the world lack basic soap and water hand washing facilities during COVID-19, UN says

818 million children were affected with the virus and 355 million went to schools which had facilities with water but no soap.