The head of the U.N. agency promoting equality for women says the global spotlight on sexual harassment and abuse and the punishment of some powerful men who had been “untouchable” is an important moment ‚Äî but it’s just “a tip of an iceberg.”
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By Edith M. Lederer The Associated Press
Former U.N. secretary-general Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday the dialogue between the two Koreas that began during the Winter Olympics must be kept alive so it can hopefully lead to reconciliation, peace and the denuclearization of North Korea.
The global economy is growing by about 3 per cent its highest rate since 2011 and a significant acceleration from last year, the United Nations said Monday.
In its annual economic report and forecast, the U.N. said the upturn stems predominantly from faster growth in all major developed economies, with east and south Asia remaining “the world’s most dynamic regions.”
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will open the signing ceremony for the first treaty to ban nuclear weapons and the Security Council hold a high-level meeting on its far-flung peacekeeping operations as world leaders tackle a wide range of crises and challenges on the second day of their annual gathering.
China’s U.N. ambassador warned Monday that further escalation of already high tensions with North Korea risks getting out of control, “and the consequences would be disastrous.”
Secretary-General Antonio Guterres opened the first U.N. conference on oceans Monday with a warning that the seas are “under threat as never before,” noting one recent study warns that discarded plastic garbage could outweigh fish by 2050 if nothing is done.
U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said Tuesday the Trump administration believes China is using “back channel networking” with North Korea to try and get Kim Jong Un to stop nuclear and ballistic missile testing.
“We believe they are being productive,” she told reporters. “We do think they’re trying to counter what is happening now.”
The Syrian government committed “slow-motion slaughter” of unknown numbers of Syrians trapped in besieged and hard-to-reach areas by wilfully denying them food and health care, according to a new report Tuesday from a civil rights group.
Sweden’s U.N. ambassador urged members of the often divided U.N. Security Council on Tuesday to make a New Year’s resolution: Try to find common ground and produce results in 2017 that improve global peace and security.
Israel should ratify the nuclear test ban treaty within five years ‚Äî and Iran should also ratify but the timing is uncertain, the head of the U.N. organization established to implement the treaty said Wednesday.
Lassina Zerbo said in an interview with The Associated Press that Israel should be the next key country to ratify the treaty and he hopes it takes less than five years.