Tag: United Nations

Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan offers solution to global warming

Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has a solution for global warming: Eat bugs.   In an interview with The Guardian, Annan called the global livestock industry “a major threat to the climate” and suggested insects as an alternative protein source to meat.   “Eating insects is good for the environment and balanced diets,” he […]

Fresh UN-backed talks begin in Geneva

Special envoy Staffan de Mistura said more than 40 groups had been invited to attend one-on-one meetings over the next five to six weeks.   Iran and Turkey have also been invited, but jihadist militant groups have not.   Mr de Mistura described it as a stock-taking process, saying there would be no big roundtable […]

Vatican and U.N. team up on climate change against skeptics

The Vatican and the United Nations teamed up to warn the world of the effects of climate change on Tuesday, coming down firmly against skeptics who deny human activities help change global weather patterns. U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon discussed climate change with the pope before opening a one-day conference of scientists and religious leaders […]

Shapiro noncommittal on US veto of UN draft forcing Israeli withdrawal to ’67 lines

The United States ambassador to Israel refused Wednesday to commit to a veto of an anticipated French-backed UN Security Council resolution that would create a new international framework for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and is likely to set a timeline for an Israeli withdrawal to the pre-1967 lines.   In an interview with Army Radio, […]

A green wearing white?

COULD Pope Francis become the world’s foremost campaigner on global warming? That is certainly the fondest hope (or in a few cases the darkest fear) of a lot of people who are closely involved in deliberations over the planet’s future.   Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary-general, met the pontiff today and shared his mounting concern over the outcome of the Paris summit […]

UN says 8 million affected

Rain brought fresh misery to the Kathmandu Valley, where tens of thousands of people are living outside after Saturday’s earthquake, fearing returning to their homes.   At Kathmandu’s outdoor cremation grounds, though, which have been busy almost nonstop since the quake, the rain changed very little at all.   The work continued: men carried logs; […]

UN says 1.4 million people victimized by Nepal earthquake need food assistance

More than 1.4 million people affected by Saturdays devastating earthquake in Nepal are in need of food assistance, a United Nations spokesman said Monday. Citing Nepalese government figures, U.N. spokesman Farhan Haq said an estimated 8 million people had been affected by the magnitude-7.8 quake in 39 of Nepals districts. He added that the United Nations was […]

Iran deal to be discussed on sidelines of UN anti-nuclear arms conference

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will meet US Secretary of State John Kerry at the opening of a UN conference on the global anti-nuclear weapons treaty on Monday, as they try to make progress in talks on a long-term atomic deal.   Iran’s top diplomat will be the first state party to the 1970 […]

Israel to observe first UN nuclear meeting in 20 years in bid to foster Arab ties

Israel will take part as an observer in a major nuclear non-proliferation conference that opens at the United Nations on Monday, ending a 20-year absence in hope of fostering dialogue with Arab states, a senior Israeli official said.   Assumed to have the Middle East’s sole nuclear arsenal, and having never joined the nuclear Non-Proliferation […]

UN chief calls for Yemen ceasefire while seeking new envoy

United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon called for an immediate halt to the fighting in Yemen, as he began the hunt for a new UN envoy who can broker a political end to the conflict.   Yemen “is in flames,” the secretary general told a National Press Club dinner in Washington on the sidelines of International […]