World powers agree at UN on inclusive Afghan government

The five permanent UN Security Council members found common ground Wednesday on Afghanistan with officials saying all the powers would press the Taliban to be more inclusive after their military takeover. China and Russia have described last month’s Taliban victory as a defeat for the United States and moved to work with the insurgents, but … Read more

International Day for Preservation of Ozone Layer: Significance of the most successful global climate treaty

Several common chemicals are known to cause severe damage to the ozone layer. (UN) As climate change and global warming take centre stage, a less heralded hero of the Earth’s atmosphere quietly battles on. A thin layer of gas surrounding the Earth, the ozone layer protects the planet from the sun’s harmful rays, thus preserving … Read more

Taliban thank world for promised aid, urge US to show ‘heart’

The Taliban on Tuesday thanked the world for pledging hundreds of millions of dollars in emergency aid to Afghanistan, and urged the United States to show “heart” in future dealings. Amir Khan Muttaqi, the regime’s acting foreign minister, told a press conference the Taliban would spend donor money wisely and use it to alleviate poverty. … Read more

Yemen at war: conflict, chaos and rare joy – in pictures

Over the past four years, photographer Giles Clarke has reported from Yemen for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), documenting the tragedy of a country devastated by war but also the resilience of its people. The photojournalism festival Visa pour l’image is featuring his work at an exhibition in Perpignan, France … Read more

We remember unity, resolve expressed 20 years ago: UN chief Antonio Guterres on 9/11 anniversary

As the world marks the sombre occasion of the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, the United Nations remembers the solidarity, unity and resolve expressed two decades ago by the international community for a future without terrorism, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said. “Today we mark a sombre day seared in the minds of millions … Read more

Possible linkage between global warming and drug resistance: Two imminent threats to public health

Mitigation of climate change (SDG 13) is one of the key pillars for realization of SDGs. (Representational image: IE) The SDGs 2030 were meticulously constructed to put an “end to all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change while ensuring that no one is left behind,” through global and multisectoral collaborations and interventions. … Read more

Don’t place blocks & holds without any reason on requests to designate terrorists: India at UNSC

In a swipe at China, India told the UN Security Council on Thursday that countries should not place “blocks and holds” without any reason on requests to designate terrorists, warning that any double standards and distinctions between terrorists would be made only at “our own peril”. “The international community holds a collective view that terrorism … Read more

Taliban declares ‘complete amnesty’ across Afghanistan, says “everyone is forgiven”

The Taliban announced an “amnesty” across Afghanistan on Tuesday and urged women to join its government, seeking to convince a wary population that its has changed. Spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, at Taliban’s first news conference, said it sought no revenge and “everyone is forgiven.” Taliban has sought to portray itself as more moderate than when it … Read more

United Nations Security Council to meet on Monday to discuss Afghan situation

With Kabul falling into the hands of the Taliban, the UN Security Council under India’s current Presidency will hold an emergency meeting on the situation in Afghanistan on Monday, the second time in just over a week. The longstanding war in Afghanistan reached a watershed moment on Sunday when the Taliban insurgents closed in on … Read more

Taliban gains give investors cause for concern beyond Afghanistan

The Taliban‘s rapid advance L1N2PK073 towards Kabul is not only causing concern about Afghanistan‘s future but also about the impact on other countries in the region and their economies. Iran and then Iraq lie to the west of Afghanistan. Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan are to the north. But the immediate focus for financial markets and … Read more