WHO pledges reforms as it admits Ebola mistakes

The World Health Organization`s chief on Sunday admitted the UN agency had been caught napping on Ebola and pledged reforms to avoid similar mistakes in future.

Syria UN envoy to head government team in Moscow talks

The Syrian ambassador to the United Nations, Bashar Jaafari, will head the government team in peace talks due to open in Moscow, a pro-government newspaper reported.

WHO mulls reforms to repair reputation after bungling Ebola

The World Health Organisation is debating how to reform itself after botching the response to the Ebola outbreak, a sluggish performance that experts say cost thousands of lives.

Ban condemns Ukraine rebel offensive

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned a deadly rocket attack in Ukraine`s government-held port of Mariupol on Saturday and denounced "provocative statements" made by pro-Russian separatist fighters.

UN moves toward major treaty for ocean biodiversity

UN member states agreed Saturday to begin negotiations on a treaty to protect marine biodiversity in ocean areas extending beyond territorial waters, in a move heralded by environmental organizations.

No ban on Hafiz Saeed-headed JuD by Pakistan
No ban on Hafiz Saeed-headed JuD by Pakistan

Contrary to reports, the Pakistan government has not banned Jamaat-ud Dawa (JuD) outfit, headed by Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed, and only some actions have been initiated against it.

UN accuses Israel of razing homes of 77 Palestinians

The United Nations has accused Israel of illegally demolishing the homes of 77 Palestinians, mostly children, this week in annexed east Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank.

Security Council delegation visits Haiti

United Nations Security Council members arrived in Haiti on Friday for a three-day visit to urge the government to hold long-delayed elections in order to stem a mounting political crisis.

Darfur offers Islamists "fertile ground" as violence persists: UN

United Nations experts warned that Sudan`s remote western territories could become a breeding ground for radical Islamists as violence in the country`s conflict-torn Darfur region rages at an alarming level.

Indian sociologist named to UN committee to review peacebuilding

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Indian sociologist Saraswathi Menon to a panel that will review peacebuilding activities.

'Possibility' for new Libya peace talks in Geneva next week: UN

A new round of peace talks between Libya`s warring factions will possibly take place in Geneva next week, the United Nations said Friday.

North Korea urges South to lift sanctions before talks can begin

North Korea on Friday demanded the lifting of sanctions, imposed by South Korea after a 2010 attack on one of its naval vessels, as a condition for resuming dialogue.

UN Chief voices supports for fight against anti-Semitism

 UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon voiced support for the fight against anti-Semitism, saying the world body has as a duty to speak out on this matter and prevent it, a media report said.

Indian named on panel to review UN peace-building architecture

An eminent Indian academician is among seven experts nominated by UN chief Ban Ki-moon to be part of an advisory group that will conduct a policy and institutional review of the world body's peace- building architecture and make recommendations.

Social networks must help stamp out promotion of violence: France

France appealed on Thursday for U.N. member states to work together on an international legal framework that would make social network providers share responsibility for the use of their platforms to spread messages promoting violence.

N Korea asks top UN rights body to probe CIA torture

North Korea on Thursday urged the UN Human Rights Council to discuss CIA torture revelations and set up an independent investigation.

UN meets on anti-Semitism after Paris attacks

The UN General Assembly opened a special session on Thursday to denounce the global rise of anti-Semitism, two weeks after Islamist attacks in Paris that shocked the world.

North Korea tells UN to drop call for ICC referral

North Korea has told the United Nations that its call to refer Pyongyang to the International Criminal Court is invalid after a prominent defector retracted part of his testimony to a UN rights inquiry.

Progress on Ebola but no scope for complacency: India to UN

India has lauded the progress made by the international community in containing the Ebola epidemic - that has claimed over 8,000 lives so far - but said there is "no scope for complacency" since the crisis is not over yet.

Nadia does its own 'Swachh Bharat' without extra funds

Kolkata: West Bengal's Nadia district is poised to complete building toilets for all its residents by next March, under a programme which has been shortlisted for the United Nations global award for public service.