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Global FDI inflow halves in January-June 2020: UN report

Global foreign direct investment (FDI) flows fell 49 per cent in the first half of 2020 compared to 2019, due to the economic fallout from Covid-19, according to a report by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

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Bangladesh lodges amended submission to UN on Bay of Bengal outer continental shelf

Bangladesh has lodged an amended submission on the limits of its outer continental shelf in the Bay of Bengal to the United Nations

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The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) on Tuesday stressed the need to halt the spread of COVID-19 through all possible infection channels, including from contact with or mismanagement of infectious waste

Al Qaeda remains close to Taliban: UN official

A senior UN official has claimed that Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has maintained close ties with the Afghan Taliban despite the latters assurance to the US to cut ties with the group

Dhaka reiterates importance of ensuring safety, security of UN peacekeepers

Bangladesh's Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Rabab Fatima has reiterated the importance of ensuring safety and security of the peacekeepers

Ongoing armed violence in Helmand undermines Afghan peace efforts: UNAMA

The United Nation Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) Thursday warned that the ongoing armed violence in southern Helmand province is undermining the efforts for Afghan peace process as part of which representatives of the government and Taliban are holding negotiations for more than a month in Qatar

Young, healthy people may not get Covid vax until 2022: WHO

World Health Organization (WHO) chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan on Thursday said that young and healthy people may have to wait till 2022 to get the Covid-19 vaccine. Swaminathan also stressed that health workers and those at highest risks should be prioritised

Sri Lanka FM calls for advancing e-commerce and e-governance in Commonwealth states

Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena leading a delegation to the 20th Virtual Commonwealth Foreign Affairs Ministers Meeting (CFAMM) in the sidelines of the 75 UN General Assembly Wednesday (14 October 2020), called for innovative thinking, collective and integrated strategies to address the multi-dimensional and cross cutting challenges in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic

UNHRC's credibility hangs in balance

Has the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) lost its credibility, much like the World Health Organization? Many heads are nodding in affirmation after both China and Pakistan, the global hotspots for major human rights violations, were last night re-elected to the UNHRC

Violence undermines efforts for Afghan peace talks: UN

A UN mission said on Thursday that the ongoing violence in Afghanistan's Helmand province has undermined the efforts for "progress and building bridges between parties at the historic peace talks in Doha"

UN-led donor conference for urgent humanitarian support for Rohingyas

The United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees will co-host a donor conference on October 22 to promote support for Rohingya refugees and host countries

Pakistan is not isolated, says UN envoy

Pakistan’s re-election to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) with an overwhelming majority refutes the claim that the country has been isolated in the international community, Islamabad’s top UN diplomat said on Wednesday

Efforts against Islamophobia to continue: PM Imran Khan on UNHRC re-election

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday expressed his pleasure over Pakistan’s re-election to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) and pledged that the country would “stand resolute against Islamophobia and in support of mutual respect”

UNHRC draws flak over election of China and Pakistan as members

While rebuking the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) over the election of China, Russia and Cuba as its members, the US on Wednesday said its stand to withdraw from the council two years ago, has been vindicated

India warns of 'grave' global threat from countries arming terrorists

While reiterating its commitment to universal nuclear nonproliferation and no-first use (NFU), India warned on Wednesday against the serious global threat from countries arming terrorists with conventional weapons

Pakistan, Nepal re-elected to UN Human Rights Council; China sees sharp drop in support

Pakistan and Nepal have been re-elected to the UN Human Rights Council, while China won a seat by the smallest margin showing a drastic drop in standing