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Afghanistan: Opium cultivation up nearly a third, warns UNODC

Opium cultivation in Afghanistan – latest findings and emerging threats, is the first report on the illicit opium trade since the Taliban’s return to power in August 2021. The authorities banned all cultivation of opium poppy and all narcotics under strict new laws, in April 2022. Opium is the essential ingredient for manufacturing the street drug heroin, and the class… Read More
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Malaysia’s forced return of Myanmar’s most vulnerable must stop: UNHCR

There have been “multiple reports” of deportations since April which run contrary to international humanitarian law, UNHCR spokesperson, Shabia Mantoo, told journalists in Geneva. “According to information received by UNHCR, an asylum-seeker from Myanmar was deported on 21 October from detention despite UNHCR interventions...Such deportations of refugees and asylum-seekers amount to refoulement.” Myanmar has been gripped by civil war since… Read More
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In visit to Viet Nam, UN chief stresses critical need for solidarity to overcome climate crisis

Mr. Guterres was in the country to take part in a ceremony to commemorate the 45th anniversary of its membership in the UN. He held meetings with the President, Nguyen Xuan Phuc; Prime Minister, Pham Minh Chinh, and other senior officials, including the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bui Thanh Son, and Environment Minister, Tran Hong Ha. Protection against tragedy On… Read More
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India's first solar-powered village promotes green energy, sustainability and self-reliance

Gadvi Kailashben, a 42-year-old widow, lives in Modhera, home to the centuries-old Sun Temple and now the first village in India that runs on solar energy. She earns a meagre income from agriculture which she uses to take care of her family. The Government has installed solar panels on her house which has given her much-needed relief from household expenses.… Read More
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Guterres highlights UN partnership with India, as powerhouse for the SDGs

Afterwards, he went to the Indian Institute of Technology in India’s business capital, where he delivered a lecture, hailing the partnership between the country and the UN, in celebration of India’s 75th anniversary. He said India’s upcoming presidency of the G20 – the group of major industrialized nations – will be an important opportunity to bring the values and vision of the developing world to… Read More
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Pakistan’s ‘climate carnage beyond imagination’, UN chief tells General Assembly

During a full session of the UN’s most representative body on the country’s devastating floods, he recalled last month’s visit where he saw “a level of climate carnage beyond imagination”. He described flood waters covering a landmass three times the total area of his own country, Portugal, saying that many lost their homes, livestock, crops and “their futures”. “Lives were… Read More
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Latest DPR Korea missile launch risks escalating tensions, Security Council hears

Assistant-Secretary-General Khaled Khiari briefed ambassadors on the UN’s response to the incident and its concern over the humanitarian situation in the country, more commonly known as North Korea.  The long-range ballistic missile was launched from the northern province of Jagang on Monday morning, local time, and covered a range of 4,500 km, reaching roughly 970 km at its height.  This… Read More
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UN chief condemns DPR Korea missile launch over Japan as ‘reckless act’

The missile launch was the first to violate Japan’s air space since 2017, and the intermediate-range ballistic missile fell into the Pacific Ocean well away from the mainland. Sirens in Japan Residents in parts of northern Japan were reportedly woken by sirens and text alerts, and warned to watch out for possible falling debris. News reports said the missile travelled… Read More