UN Yoga Day result of Indian diplomatic efforts: Sushma Swaraj

New Delhi: The adoption of June 21 as the International Yoga Day by the United Nations signifies the support that recent diplomatic endeavours of the government have evoked on the world stage, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said Monday.

Farhan Akhtar appointed as UN Goodwill ambassador, thanks fans for support
Farhan Akhtar appointed as UN Goodwill ambassador, thanks fans for support

Farhan Akhtar is the first man to be appointed as UN Women’s South Asia Goodwill Ambassador and the actor-filmmaker, who has been vocal about crimes against women, gives credit to his fans for giving him the "energy” to stay on this path.

Pak welcomes UN's decision of observer status to D-8 group

Pakistan on Saturday hailed the UN's decision to grant observer status to the Developing-Eight (D-8) Organisation for Economic Cooperation, saying it will help the grouping to take more concerted efforts to establish peace and prosperity.

UN envoy leaves DR Congo after being declared persona non grata

The UN rights envoy in the Democratic Republic of Congo has left the country after Kinshasa declared him persona non grata following a damning report on a police crackdown on youth gangs.

Politicos strongly react to Pakistan's ceasefire violations, letter to UN

Leaders of both Congress and BJP on Monday rebuked Pakistan for internationalising the Kashmir issue and seeking the United Nations' intervention in resolving the matter.

UN chief asks India, Pak to resolve their issues through dialogue

UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Thursday expressed concern over the escalating tensions between India and Pakistan along the LoC and asked the two nations to resolve all differences through dialogue and engage constructively for a long-term solution for peace and stability in Kashmir.

France hopes Iran n-talks yields final agreement

 French President Francois Hollande Tuesday expressed hope that Western leaders` negotiations with Iran over its nuclear plan will lead to a lasting compromise to lift sanctions against Tehran.

United States defends Syria airstrikes in letter to UN chief

The United States told the United Nations on Tuesday it led airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria because President Bashar al-Assad`s government had failed to wipe out safe havens used by the group to launch attacks on Iraq.

US urges Afghan rivals to resolve disputed vote

US President Barack Obama today urged the rival candidates in Afghanistan's disputed election to come to an agreement on a national unity government to end the crisis over the vote.

UN decries `harsh` Thai sentences for royal slurs

The United Nation`s human rights office has voiced alarm at recent arrests and jail sentences for insulting Thailand`s monarchy, warning of "chilling effects" on freedom of expression under the junta.

30 aid workers killed in month-long Gaza conflict: UN

As many as 30 aid workers were killed and 74 others injured in the month-long conflict in Gaza, the UN said Wednesday.

Task force set up after plane shot down

The United Nations agency that governs civil aviation says it is setting up a task force aimed at improving security measures in the wake of the shoot-down of a Malaysia Airlines jet over eastern Ukraine.

Russian UN envoy accuses Kiev over crash site takeover

Russia`s envoy to the United Nations accused Ukraine of violating a key Security Council resolution with its campaign to seize control of the crash site of Malaysian airliner MH17.

South Sudan food crisis worst in the world: UN

South Sudan`s food crisis is now the worst in the world, the UN Security Council has said as it called for urgent funding to step up deliveries of desperately-needed aid.

Iraq gets new president, UN chief urges more urgency

Kurdish politician Fuad Masum became the new president of Iraq today, in a step towards forming a new government that visiting UN chief Ban Ki-moon said must be inclusive for the country to survive.

Put Palestine under international protection: Abbas to UN

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas is to ask the United Nations to put the state of Palestine under "international protection" due to the worsening violence in Gaza, the PLO said Sunday.

UN chief deeply concerned over Iraq crisis

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon Sunday voiced deep concern at "the deepening crisis in Iraq and the rising number of civilian deaths and injuries", calling for an immediate end to the "persecution of civilians based on their religion or ethnic background".

UN urges Afghanistan, Central Asia to fight drugs

The UN has urged close coordination between Afghanistan and Central Asian countries to combat drug trafficking, media reported Friday.

"The members of the Security Council underlined the threat posed by illicit drug production, trade and trafficking to international peace and stability in the region," Xinhua quoted a statement issued by the UN as saying.

UN chief appalled by Badaun rape case, demands action

Appalled by the brutal rape and murder of two teenaged girls in India, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has demanded action against sexual violence and appealed to the society to reject the destructive attitude of "boys will be boys".

UN says forced labour USD 150 billion-a-year business

Trafficking, forced labour and modern slavery are big business generating profits estimated at USD 150 billion a year, the UN labour agency said today.