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The UN will be making contacts with Maldives leaders in response to the request by the opposition leaders for Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to oversee the all-party talks proposed by that nation's President Abdulla Yameen, Guterres's Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said Friday.

 

United Nations General Assembly President Miroslav Lajcak has said that "much more action is needed" from the international community to address the "human tragedy" of the Rohingyas.

 

Warning that more reliance on stronger peacekeeping operations will not bring peace or protect peacekeepers in high-risk environments, India has urged the UN to scale up strategies for political resolution of conflicts in the face of mounting fatalities among its personnel, writes Arul Louis

 

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is calling on sides in Bangladesh to maintain calm in the aftermath of the jailing of former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, who was convicted of embezzlement, and the violent protests that have ensued, writes Arul Louis

 
A senior UN official has told Maldives Foreign Minister Mohamed Asim about Secretary-General Antonio Guterres's concerns over the declaration of a state of emergency there by President Abdulla Yameen, according to a UN spokesperson. Miroslav Jenca, the Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, spoke to Asim and directly relayed to him the concerns Guterres had expressed in his statement on the Maldives, Farhan Haq, the Secretary-General's spokesperson, said here Thursday.
 
India has hit out at the secretive functioning of Security Council sanctions committees, which operate in a “subterranean universe” with no accountability, and called for reforms to make their decision-making transparent. The “decisions of the Sanctions Committees are taken beyond the gaze of public knowledge, with no explanation of the inputs that go into their decision making,” India's Permanent Representative Syed Akbaruddin told the Council on Tuesday. “For want of a better depiction, it would appear these committees form the 'subterranean universe of the Council.”
 

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.

 


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