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India has contributed an additional $1 million to the India-UN Development Partnership Fund earmarked for South-South cooperation. The contribution made on Thursday aims to intensify its partnerships with other developing countries, the UN Office of South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) said.


United Nations General Assembly President Miroslav Lajcak has called for “shining a light on new possibilities for convergence” on Security Council reform and breaking the cycle of hardened positions and “red lines” that have prevented efforts to make it reflect the new realities. India is heavily invested in the reform process as it is aiming for a permanent seat on an expanded Council.


India has said that the various options and the differing views of countries on Security Council reform should be presented in a negotiating text and no one should insist that their submissions should take precedence over that of others.


The UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Indian government signed a $168 million pact to sustainably raise incomes and food security for tribal farming households in northeast India, IFAD reported. The six-year project will help 201,500 rural highland farming households in tribal villages in 12 districts located in the uplands of Mizoram and Nagaland States, IFAD said.


The UN has been accused of putting peacekeepers at risk through "lack of will, determination, and accountability" - in a scathing report that urged them to "not fear to use force when necessary" The report by a panel that looked into the rising fatalities in UN operations, and was released on Monday, said, "The blue helmet and the United Nations flag no longer offer 'natural' protection" and called for changes to adapt to the new threats.


The world body has been accused of putting peacekeepers at risk through “lack of will, determination, and accountability” in a scathing report released on Monday that urged them to “not fear to use force when necessary.”

At a high-level Security Council meeting, Pakistan has raised the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav, whom Islamabad has accused of being an Indian spy and given him a death sentence. “Those who speak of changing mindsets (about terrorism) need to look within and their own record of subversion against my country as our capture of an Indian spy has amply demonstrated and proved beyond any shadow of doubt,” Pakistan's Permanent Representative Maleeha Lodhi said during Council meeting on Afghanistan. She did not mention his name.

Afghanistan's leaders have asked the Security Council to mobilise international pressure on Pakistan to stop supporting terrorists, United States Permanent Representative said on Wednesday. Speaking to reporters here after the Council's weekend visit to Afghanistan and meetings with the nation's leaders, Haley said, “They asked for consensus on international pressure to get Pakistan to change its behaviour” in supporting terrorists.


While warning about the risk of “potential nuclear catastrophe on the Korean Peninsula”, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said that a “window of opportunity” was still open to avoid war over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons programme.


The United Nations Security Council concluded a fact-finding mission to Afghanistan in a show of support for the war-torn nation where it denounced the activities of terrorists there, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) announced Monday.


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