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UN Global Compact Board Sets Targets for 2030 Agenda

New Delhi (ABC Live): UN Global Compact Board: Following are UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, at the United Nations Global Compact Board meeting luncheon on implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in New York today: It’s a great pleasure to join you at this lunch.  My thanks to our co-hosts, Ambassador Ib Petersen, Permanent ... Read More »

Ban Ki-moon Briefs General Assembly on Violent Extremism

New Delhi (ABC Live):Violent Extremism:  Following are UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s remarks to the General Assembly, in New York today: Let me start by thanking you for your support and wishing you every success as we begin our important work in 2016.  Happy New Year to you all. There was great turbulence in 2015.  As we address those troubles, let ... Read More »

Chinese National Shaolin Yang Becomes World Bank CEO

New Delhi (ABC Live): World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim today announced the appointments of Mr. Shaolin Yang as Chief Administrative Officer and Mr. Joaquim Levy as Chief Financial Officer for the World Bank Group. The two individuals, each of whom joins the Bank Group with vast financial and management expertise, come at a critical juncture as the organization ... Read More »

World Marks Sixth Anniversary of Haiti Earthquake

New Delhi (ABC Live): Haiti Earthquake: Tomorrow, world fraternity will mark the sixth anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti and pay tribute to the more than 200,000 victims, including 102 United Nations personnel, who perished in this tragic event.  United and in solidarity with all Haitians who have lost loved ones to this catastrophe, we honour the memory of our ... Read More »

UNSC Removes ABD AL WAHAB from Ban List

New Delhi (ABC Live):On 11 January 2016, the Security Council Committee pursuant to resolutions 1267 (1999) and 1989 (2011) and 2253 (2015) concerning ISIL (Da’esh), Al-Qaida and associated individuals, groups, undertakings and entities removed the name below from the ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions List after concluding its consideration of the delisting requests for this name submitted through the Office ... Read More »

United Nations Charter Imbibes Democracy Basics

New Delhi (ABC Live): United Nations Charter: Although the United Nations Charter includes no mention of the word “democracy”, the opening words of the Charter, “We the Peoples”, reflect the fundamental principle of democracy, that the will of the people is the source of legitimacy of sovereign states and therefore of the United Nations as a whole. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, ... Read More »

Democracy and United Nations

New Delhi (ABC Live): Democracy and United Nations :When the founders of the United Nations drafted the Charter 70 years ago, they did not include the word democracy. This was hardly surprising. In 1945, still more than today, many of the UN’s Member States did not espouse democracy as a system. Others laid claim to it but did not practise ... Read More »

DPRK Tests Hydrogen Bomb Ignoring CTBT

New Delhi (ABC Live):6 January 2016 Following the announcement today by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) that it has carried out a hydrogen bomb test, the head of the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said that if the nuclear test is confirmed, it is in clear violation of UN Security Council resolutions and is “deeply regrettable.” “I ... Read More »

OPCW to Dispose of the Syrian Chemical Weapons

New Delhi (ABC Live): Veolia, the US firm contracted by the OPCW to dispose of part of the Syrian chemical weapons stockpile, has completed disposal of 75 cylinders of hydrogen fluoride at its facility in Texas.   This completes destruction of all chemical weapons declared by the Syrian Arab Republic.  The need to devise a technical solution for treating a ... Read More »

UNCIP Status Hazy Even After 67 Years of its Existence

New Delhi (ABC Live): UNCIP : In August 1947, India and Pakistan became independent. Under the scheme of partition provided by the Indian Independence Act of 1947, Kashmir was free to accede to India or Pakistan. Its accession to India became a matter of dispute between the two countries and fighting broke out later that year. In January 1948, the ... Read More »