Category: UN Affairs

Coronavirus: Pandemic alert should be trigger for countries to do more against COVID-19

Unsplash/Aalok Atreya Countries must “double-down” on their efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus, the UN health agency said on Wednesday, after announcing that the global emergency can now be described as a pandemic. UN Secretary-General António Guterres described the declaration as “a call to action – for everyone, everywhere.” Speaking in Geneva, World […]

Javier Pérez de Cuéllar praised as ‘accomplished statesman’ who had ‘profound impact’ on the world

UN Photo/Milton Grant The UN Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar visits Katatura, a black township of Windhoek, Namibia in July 1989. Javier Pérez  de Cuéllar, the fifth United Nations Secretary-General, praised for his ability to foster dialogue and for leading the Organization through a turbulent decade, has passed away at the age of 100. A veteran Peruvian diplomat, lawyer and professor, he is the first and only Latin American […]

Ecuadorian politician and poet becomes fourth woman to preside over UN General Assembly

The United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday elected Ecuadorean Foreign Minister María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, President of its upcoming 73rd session; only the fourth woman to hold that position in the history of the world body, and the first since 2006. Ms. Espinosa secured 128 votes against 62 votes obtained by the only other candidate, UN Ambassador […]

UN chief urges Myanmar’s leaders to take ‘unified stance’ against hatred in the country

A United Nations spokesman said Monday that Secretary-General António Guterres is shocked at reports of remarks attributed to Myanmar Senior General U Min Aung Hlaing. “He urges all leaders in Myanmar to take a unified stance against incitement to hatred and to promote communal harmony,” said Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq. Media reports suggest that at a military gathering, Mr. […]