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Michael Jones is Geopolitics Researcher based in New York reports for ABC Live on Global News

UNSC Condemns DPRK Ballistic-Missile Launching

New York (ABC Live): Ballistic-Missile Launching :Strongly condemning the 15 April ballistic-missile launch conducted by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), the United Nations Security Council today demanded that the country immediately cease further actions in violation of the UN body’s relevant resolutions and comply fully with its obligations under these resolutions. In a press statement, the Council expressed ... Read More »

UNIDO-China Joins for Ethiopia Industrial Development

ADDIS ABABA (ABC Live): UNIDO :Ethiopia, China and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) have agreed today to strengthen collaboration on investment promotion, industrial parks development – including the Adam Industrial Park – and the upgrade of technical and vocational education and training. In the framework of Ethiopia’s Programme for Country Partnership (PCP) signed with UNIDO, this agreement will contribute to ... Read More »

UNGA Confirms Achim Steiner as Chief of UNDP

New York (ABC Live) Achim Steiner :The United Nations General Assembly today confirmed the appointment of Germany’s Achim Steiner as the head of the UN Development Programme (UNDP). Mr. Steiner’s nomination for UNDP Administrator was forwarded to the General Assembly by Secretary-General António Guterres following consultations with UNDP’s Executive Board. In an announcement of the four-year appointment, which begins on 20 April, Mr. Guterres noted ... Read More »

António Guterres Argues UNSC to Prevent Human Rights

New York (ABC Live):António Guterres :Briefing the Security Council, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today stressed the importance of unity in the 15-member body to effectively address human rights violations as well as to prevent mass atrocities. “Article 24 of the UN Charter is clear: the primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security rests with this Council ‘in order to ensure ... Read More »

UN Condemns Formation of National Security Council in Somalia

New York (ABC Live): National Security Council :The United Nations and other members of the international community today commended Somalia’s Federal Government and the Federal Member States for agreeing to form a National Security Council , as well as decisions taken on priorities such as fighting corruption and drought response. These decisions follow two days of consultations held in the ... Read More »

Satellite Imagery Reveals Real Mosul Destruction

New York (ABC Live):Mosul Destruction :Using satellite imagery and local researches, the most recent evaluation confirms that western Mosul Destruction has undergone extensive destruction, “far greater than in the east,” according to a senior United Nations aid official in the country. “The level of damage in western Mosul Destruction is already far greater than in the east, even before the battle to ... Read More »

IAEA Launches Web Based Safeguards Declarations

New York (ABC Live): Web Based Safeguards Declarations :Next month, the IAEA will launch a new web-based system streamlining the submission of safeguards declarations by States. These form the basis for the IAEA’s nuclear verification work, which provides assurances to the international community that nuclear material remains in peaceful use. The new State Declaration Portal, which will run on a ... Read More »

WTO Cautions Deep Uncertainty in Trade Activity

New York (ABC Live):While forecasting that growth in the volume of global merchandise trade is expected to rebound this year from its weak performance in 2016, the World Trade Organization (WTO) today cautioned that “deep uncertainty” about near-term economic and policy developments in some countries raise the risk that trade activity could be stifled. The WTO, which often cooperates with ... Read More »

World May Miss Target Sustainable Energy for All by 2030

New York (ABC Live):Sustainable Energy for All :The current pace of progress on three global energy goals – access to electricity, renewable energy and efficiency – is not moving fast enough to meet 2030 targets, according to the latest Global Tracking Framework (GTF) report released today by the World Bank and the International Energy Agency as part of the Sustainable Energy for ... Read More »

Chemical Weapons Usage in Syria Angers UN

New York (ABC Live): Chemical Weapons:United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today said that he is “deeply disturbed” by reports of alleged use of chemical weapons –in an airstrike in the Khan Shaykhun area of southern Idlib, Syria. In a statement from his spokesperson, the Secretary-General expressed heartfelt condolences to the victims of the incident and their families. He noted that the UN Security Council ... Read More »