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UN shocked by sex in official SUV

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New York City: A video showing a man and a woman having sex on the rear seat of a moving SUV with UN markings has gone viral on social media.

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Imran Khan’s threat of unleashing nuclear devastation qualified for brinkmanship and not statesmanship: India tells UNGA

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New York City: India has blasted Imran Khan exercising the right of reply to the Pakistani Prime Minister’s statement in the general debate during the 74th session of the UN General Assembly on Friday, 27 September 2019.

India has described every word spoken by Imran Khan in the august Assembly as “callous portrayal of the world in binary terms” and dubbed what he spoke as “hate speech”.

First right of reply by India to the “hate speech” by Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan during the general debate in the 74th Session of the UN General Assembly.

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UN: Crisis talk to reform a labyrinthian institution

Lalit Shastri

It has been observed that many who are responsible for carrying out the mandate of a UN subsidiary organ like the UNICEF have their own agenda. They dislike continuity and instead of carrying forward projects initiated by their predecessors, they prefer to pick a new agenda when they have the opportunity so that they can have their story to narrate and a personal track record that can help them advance their own career and rise the ladders of success.

The co-hosts of a high-level event on UN Reform have spelt out a clear charter to act upon for reducing mandate duplication, redundancy and overlap of targets.

Notwithstanding the fact that the countries engaged in deliberations to reform the UN have recognised the role of the United Nations in providing a platform for partnership to enable global sustainable development, what is also significant is that they have even emphasised that each country has the primary responsibility for its own economic and social development.

Asserting commitment to reducing mandate duplication, the nations that co-hosted event on UN Reform, have stressed the need to advance stronger collaboration across the United Nations system for improved mandate delivery.

A crucial input that has emerged from this event is the advise to UN Secretary General Guterres to advance stronger collaboration across the United Nations system for improved mandate delivery and field-centric management reforms.

The Secretary-General has also been extended support in endeavours to strengthen the United Nations system’s accountability framework through enhancing transparency, strengthening oversight, and aligning authority with responsibility.

The United Nations System consists of the United Nations, its subsidiary organs, the specialized agencies, and affiliated organizations, including the separately-administered funds and programmes like the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

The global support for the UN Secretary General’s initiative’s for reform, especially when it comes to enhancing transparency across the UN systems should go a long way towards addressing the crux of the problem that emanates basically from the labyrinthian institution that according to Mark Malloch-Brown, who rose from the ranks and became number two to Kofi Annan, a former UN chief, carries the image of “Gucci-shoed bureaucrats”. The UN, he goes on to observe, is a Jekyll and Hyde institution where there are people who work there who just want to get by, there are many others who have a personal sense of commitment to making a real difference and the two live in permanent tension with one another.

It has been observed that many who are responsible for carrying out the mandate of a UN subsidiary organ like the UNICEF have their own agenda. They dislike continuity and instead of carrying forward projects initiated by their predecessors, they prefer to pick a new agenda when they have the opportunity so that they can have their own story to narrate and a track record that can help them advance their career and rise the ladders of success. In the central Indian State of Madhya Pradesh, UNICEF has worked in the mission mode by partnering with civil society in areas like sanitation, hygiene, and flourosis mitigation and child health (especially through the setting up of the sick newborn care units -SNCUs). But a lot of this initiative, if one looks back has been like a drop in the ocean and duplication of agenda that overlaps with the federal mandate and constitutional responsibility of the democratically elected governments both at the Centre and the State.

Leaders from United States, Canada, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Slovakia, Thailand, United Kingdom, and Uruguay were at the United Nations to discuss reform. On Monday, US President Donald Trump also made his debut presence at the UN ahead of his first address to the General Assembly.

Former Prime Minister of Portugal Guterres will be next UN Secretary-General

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Former Prime Minister of Portugal António Guterres
Former Prime Minister of Portugal António Guterres

New York: The Security Council Thursday (6 October) formally chose the former Prime Minister of Portugal, António Guterres, as its nominee to be the next Secretary-General of the United Nations for a five-year term when incumbent Ban Ki-moon steps down on 31 December.

The recommendation, made in a resolution adopted in a private meeting by acclamation, now goes to the 193-member General Assembly for formal approval.

On an official visit to Italy, Mr. Ban said in Rome this morning that Mr. Guterres is “an excellent choice,” noting that the two had worked closely during Mr. Guterres “long and outstanding tenure” as the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

“He showed deep compassion for the millions of people who were forced to leave their homes,” Mr. Ban said, adding: “His past experience as Prime Minister of Portugal, his extensive knowledge of world affairs and his keen intelligence will serve him to lead the United Nations at a crucial period.”

Under procedures for appointing the world body’s new chief, after the recommendation is transmitted from the Council to the Assembly, a draft resolution is issued for the Assembly to take action. After appropriate consultations with Member States, the Assembly President fixes a date for the draft to be taken up.

The last five Secretaries-General were appointed by the Assembly through a resolution adopted by consensus. A vote will take place only if a Member State requests it and a simple majority of those voting would be required for the Assembly to adopt the resolution. But the Assembly could decide that the decision requires a two-thirds majority. If a vote is taken, it will be by secret ballot.