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'Historic' treaty banning nuclear weapons to enter into force after 90 days, says United Nations
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'Historic' treaty banning nuclear weapons to enter into force after 90 days, says United Nations

Honduras became the 50th country to ratify the landmark treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, the UN said on Saturday, in a move hailed by anti-nuclear activists but strongly opposed by the US and the other major nuclear powers

Economic fallout of COVID-19 to push at least 150-175 mn people into extreme poverty, says UN expert
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Economic fallout of COVID-19 to push at least 150-175 mn people into extreme poverty, says UN expert

Special Rapporteur Olivier De Schutter said most of those who will fall into extreme poverty will be workers in the informal sector or in precarious employment conditions, especially women

'Principle of self-determination deliberately misused by a particular delegation': India slams Pakistan at UN
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'Principle of self-determination deliberately misused by a particular delegation': India slams Pakistan at UN

The UN has established the principle of self-determination as a vehicle for the worthy cause of decolonisation of Non Self-Governing Territories, the Indian statement noted

World Food Day 2020: On 75th anniversary, FAO stresses need for access to nutritious food for all amid COVID-19 crisis
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World Food Day 2020: On 75th anniversary, FAO stresses need for access to nutritious food for all amid COVID-19 crisis

The coronavirus pandemic has deeply affected the food and agriculture arena, prompting the theme this year for World Food Day to be 'grow, nourish, sustain, together'

Mike Pompeo says China, Russia, Cuba getting elected to UN Human Rights Council is a 'win for tyrants'
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Mike Pompeo says China, Russia, Cuba getting elected to UN Human Rights Council is a 'win for tyrants'

Pompeo, justifying the US' 2018 decision to leave the UNHRC, said that the election of the three countries was an indication of why we were right to leave that body

China, Russia, Cuba get seats on UN Human Rights Council despite opposition over abysmal records; Saudi Arabia misses out
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China, Russia, Cuba get seats on UN Human Rights Council despite opposition over abysmal records; Saudi Arabia misses out

Human Rights Watch and others said Riyadh continues to target rights defenders and has demonstrated little accountability for past abuses, including Jamal Khashoggi's killing

WHO chief warns against pursuing herd immunity against COVID-19, calls strategy 'simply unethical'
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WHO chief warns against pursuing herd immunity against COVID-19, calls strategy 'simply unethical'

At a media briefing on Monday, WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said health officials typically aim to achieve herd immunity by vaccination

Taiwan urges China to deescalate military tensions and to 'never seek hegemony'
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Taiwan urges China to deescalate military tensions and to 'never seek hegemony'

China has been recently piling on pressure by sending its warplanes into Taiwan's air defence zone at an unprecedented frequency and crossing the so-called 'median line' of the Taiwan Strait

World Mental Health Day 2020: Here's a list of free online resources, seminars, talks or programmes to attend on 10 Oct for awareness on mental health issues
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World Mental Health Day 2020: Here's a list of free online resources, seminars, talks or programmes to attend on 10 Oct for awareness on mental health issues

Among other things, WHO is launching a digital stress management guide on the Whatsapp chat platform. It includes short, easy-to-follow guided exercises to help reduce stress

World Post Day 2020: Signifance, contribution of postal service, especially during COVID-19 pandemic
India

World Post Day 2020: Signifance, contribution of postal service, especially during COVID-19 pandemic

From distribution of testing kits to delivery of medicines, postal employees in India have emerged as COVID-19 warriors continuing to work in the face of adverse conditions

India says UN official’s comments on Hathras and Balrampur rape cases ‘unnecessary and unwarranted'
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India says UN official’s comments on Hathras and Balrampur rape cases ‘unnecessary and unwarranted'

The MEA said the government was taking both cases extremely seriously, but external agencies should avoid such comments as investigations are still underway

Permanent seat in UNSC neither necessary nor only way for India to assert its ‘arrival’ on global centrestage
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Permanent seat in UNSC neither necessary nor only way for India to assert its ‘arrival’ on global centrestage

The changed world offers examples like Germany, Japan and Israel who have stitched alternative arrangements that could be multilateral (EU), bilateral (US-Israel), regional or creatively/strategically relevant, eg, the Quad

UN needs 'immediate infusion' of $15 bn to procure, distribute COVID-19 vaccine in 2021
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UN needs 'immediate infusion' of $15 bn to procure, distribute COVID-19 vaccine in 2021

WHO's ACT-Accelerator has received roughly $3 billion of the $38 billion needed to produce, deliver vaccine doses, treatments and diagnostic tests in 2021.

Azerbaijan and Armenia brush off suggestion of peace talks; 84 servicemen, 11 civilians killed in Nagorno-Karabakh
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Azerbaijan and Armenia brush off suggestion of peace talks; 84 servicemen, 11 civilians killed in Nagorno-Karabakh

In a possible cause for further conflict escalation, Armenia said one of its warplanes was shot down by a Turkish fighter jet, a claim Azerbaijan denied

Sonu Sood felicitated with Special Humanitarian Action Award by UNDP
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Sonu Sood felicitated with Special Humanitarian Action Award by UNDP

Sonu Sood has been conferred with the prestigious SDG Special Humanitarian Action Award by the UNDP for his philanthropic work during coronavirus induced lockdown.

Coronavirus Updates: Maharashtra's COVID-19 tally crosses 13.39 lakh as 18,056 test positive; toll now 35,571
India

Coronavirus Updates: Maharashtra's COVID-19 tally crosses 13.39 lakh as 18,056 test positive; toll now 35,571

Coronavirus Updates:Maharashtra recorded 18,056 new coronavirus positive cases on Sunday, which pushed the state's overall tally to 13,39,232, the state health department said. With the death of 380 patients during the day, the toll reached 35,571, it said.

'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.

Narendra Modi raises questions on UN's COVID-19 response, asserts India's global role; full text of PM's UNGA speech
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Narendra Modi raises questions on UN's COVID-19 response, asserts India's global role; full text of PM's UNGA speech

The prime minister also asserted that as one of world's largest vaccine manufacturer, India is ready to use its capacity for the betterment of all of humanity during the coronavirus pandemic

Narendra Modi at UNGA: 'If we don’t change, drive needed for it will weaken'; PM seeks UN reforms, wants bigger decision-making role for India
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Narendra Modi at UNGA: 'If we don’t change, drive needed for it will weaken'; PM seeks UN reforms, wants bigger decision-making role for India

Reaffirming India's "faith and respect" in the United Nations, Modi said that the country has been "waiting for a long time" for a "logical conclusion" to the process of reforms in the UN.

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