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UN chief warns global leaders: The world is in ‘great peril’

In speeches and remarks leading up to the start of the leaders’ meeting Tuesday, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres cited the “immense” task not only of saving the planet, “which is literally on fire,” but of dealing with the persisting Covid-19 pandemic. He also pointed to “a lack of access to finance for developing countries to …

Russia alarmed at no US visas to attend UN leaders meeting

Vassily Nebenzia said in a letter to UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres that “this is even more alarming since for the last several months the authorities of the United States have been constantly refusing to grant entry visas to a number of Russian delegates assigned to take part in the official United Nations events.”

World population to hit 8 billion this year: UN

The world’s population is expected to reach eight billion on November 15, the UN forecast Monday in a report that said India will surpass China as the most populous country on earth in 2023. The forecast by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs said the world’s population is growing at its slowest pace …

Senior Indian diplomat Amandeep Singh Gill appointed by UN chief Guterres as his Envoy on Technology

Senior Indian diplomat Amandeep Singh Gill has been appointed by United Nations secretary-general as his Envoy on Technology, with the world body describing him as a “thought leader on digital technology” who has a solid understanding of how to leverage the digital transformation responsibly and inclusively for progress on the Sustainable Development Goals.

WHO chief seeks central role for UN agency in global health

The head of the World Health Organization said on Monday that the UN health agency must be “at the centre” of a global healthcare system while also acknowledging the need for internal reforms. “There have been many calls for WHO to change. And there is no question that more change is needed,” WHO director-general Tedros …