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U.S. Ambassador Donald Blome meets with new officials in Punjab and supports collaborations in the fields of health, IT, and culture.
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U.S. Ambassador Donald Blome meets with new officials in Punjab and supports collaborations in the fields of health, IT, and culture.

May 3, 2024, Lahore U.S. Ambassador Donald Blome met with recently appointed Punjab officials in Lahore on May 1-3 in order to discuss ways to further the bilateral relationship between the U.S. and Pakistan in Punjab province. Additionally, he hosted gatherings and activities centered on IT, health, and cultural cooperation between the United States and Pakistan. Kristin Hawkins, the U.S. consul general in Lahore, accompanied Ambassador Blome on his round of meetings. Ambassador Blome met with Punjab Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz Sharif, Acting Governor and Speaker of the Punjab Assembly Malik Muhammad Ahmad Khan, and Punjab Assembly Leader of the Opposition Malik Ahmad Khan Bhachar as part of his regular meetings with Pakistani officials. The ambassador talked about the benefits of ...
UN says attacks in Haiti are still occurring sometimes.
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UN says attacks in Haiti are still occurring sometimes.

March 6, United Nations (Xinhua) -- A UN spokeswoman stated on Wednesday that all flights into and out of Haiti are still canceled and that the situation in Port-au-Prince is highly precarious due to the ongoing intermittent attacks. In a secret meeting on Wednesday afternoon, the Security Council heard a briefing from Maria Isabel Salvador, the director of the United Nations mission in Haiti. The top spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Stephane Dujarric, stated that "the secretary-general reiterates the need for urgent action, including financing for the Multinational Security Support (MSS) mission, to tackle the security needs of the people of Haiti." According to Dujarric, Guterres reaffirmed his demand for the Haitian government and all other relevant p...
UN wants a stronger and strengthened Palestinian government: spokesperson
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UN wants a stronger and strengthened Palestinian government: spokesperson

UNION, February 26 (Xinhua) -- In response to the departure of Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh's administration, a UN spokeswoman stated that the international community wants to see a stronger and more powerful Palestinian government. According to UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is aware of Shtayyeh's announcement on Monday that he has given Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas the resignation of his cabinet. The only path to establishing a fully autonomous, democratic, contiguous, sovereign, and viable Palestinian state on the basis of the 1967 lines—of which Gaza is an integral part—remains to be a strengthened and empowered Palestinian government with the authority to govern the entirety of the occupied Palestinian territory, the spokesma...
PRI Signatory Qiming Venture Partners Joins the UN
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PRI Signatory Qiming Venture Partners Joins the UN

February 25, 2024, Shanghai /PRNewswire/ -- Leading Chinese venture capital firm Qiming Venture Partners has announced that it has signed the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), which are backed by the UN. Through the PRI, Qiming has become a part of a global network of more than 5,000 signatories who are all committed to forming a sustainable global financial system that promotes growth for businesses, investors, the environment, and society at large. Duane Kuang, Founding Managing Partner of Qiming Venture Partners, said, "The signing is a testament to our commitment to Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) values as we practice responsible investment." "PRI offers us an effective framework that incorporates ethical and sustainable factors into our investing and dec...
The secretary-general expressed that the Taliban has laid down conditions deemed unacceptable for their attendance at the UN meeting.
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The secretary-general expressed that the Taliban has laid down conditions deemed unacceptable for their attendance at the UN meeting.

The Taliban's demands for attending a U.N.-sponsored meeting on Afghanistan were deemed unacceptable by U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday. These demands, including the exclusion of Afghan civil society members from the talks and requirements tantamount to official recognition of the Taliban as Afghanistan's legitimate rulers, were outlined by Guterres at the end of the two-day meeting in Doha, Qatar. Despite efforts to bring member states and special envoys together, the Taliban refused to attend due to unmet demands. Guterres highlighted that the conditions set by the Taliban hindered the opportunity for dialogue with other representatives of Afghan society and demanded treatment that implied recognition. While the absence of the Taliban was not seen as detrimental to the...
Nearly 10,000 died from COVID-19 last month, fueled by holiday gatherings and new variant, WHO says
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Nearly 10,000 died from COVID-19 last month, fueled by holiday gatherings and new variant, WHO says

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the World Health Organization's (WHO) director general, said on Wednesday that the global expansion of the most common type of COVID-19 and holiday get-togethers were to blame for the rise in COVID-19 transmission last month. He stated that there were around 10,000 deaths in December, along with a 42% increase in hospital admissions across almost 50 nations, mostly in the Americas and Europe. Tedros stressed that even while the current death rate is lower than the pandemic's peak, it is still unacceptable while speaking from the WHO headquarters in Geneva. He recognized the emergence of the JN.1 variety, an omicron form for which current vaccinations should still provide some protection, and asked governments to continue surveillance as well as to guarantee...
“UN Relief Chief Warns of Critical Strain on Gaza’s Health Sector”
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“UN Relief Chief Warns of Critical Strain on Gaza’s Health Sector”

"UN Relief Chief Warns of Humanitarian Crisis as Gaza's Health System Nears Collapse" UN Relief Chief Griffiths provided a sobering assessment of the worsening situation in Gaza in a statement on Wednesday, highlighting the grave ramifications of a failing health system. Griffiths questioned the disastrous consequences, noting, "Pregnant ladies can't deliver their babies safely. Vaccines cannot be given to children. The injured and ill are unable to receive care. Individuals pass away." He conveyed his profound grief and brought attention to the tragic death of four ambulance crew members from the Palestine Red Crescent who were killed in an Israeli bombardment while performing their duties. Griffiths underlined the necessity of putting an end to the fighting and urged all sides...
Israel Conducts 600 Attacks on Gaza Hospitals Since Oct 7: WHO
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Israel Conducts 600 Attacks on Gaza Hospitals Since Oct 7: WHO

According to UN estimates, since the conflict began on October 7, Israeli military forces have targeted Gaza hospitals and other critical medical facilities nearly 600 times. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), a UN health agency, over 770 people have been injured and 613 people have died inside of hospitals during this time. The World Health Organization has condemned the ongoing attacks on Gaza's healthcare facilities. Spokesman Christian Lindmeier expressed concern about the impact on the people of Gaza as well as the shrinking humanitarian space. With disease cases on the rise, nutrition levels falling, and hostilities approaching their fourteenth week, children in the Gaza Strip are facing a triple threat. Living conditions are rapidly deteriorating, and thousand...
The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) expressed strong disapproval for the “unconscionable” strikes on the Red Crescent in Gaza.
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The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) expressed strong disapproval for the “unconscionable” strikes on the Red Crescent in Gaza.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director of the World Health Organization (WHO), strongly denounced the Tuesday attacks on the Palestine Red Crescent Society headquarters in Gaza, calling them "unconscionable." Tedros drew attention to the severe humanitarian crisis that the people of Gaza are experiencing and underlined that health should never be a target during conflicts. According to the Palestine Red Crescent Society, Israel attacked its offices in Khan Yunis, a city in the south, resulting in casualties and injuries among displaced people who were taking shelter there and at a nearby hospital. Tedros deplored the strikes on the PRCS-run Al-Amal hospital and reported that WHO staff and colleagues from the UN humanitarian agency OCHA observed extensive damage and displaceme...
The population of Gaza is at risk due to a dire hunger crisis, according to the World Health Organization.
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The population of Gaza is at risk due to a dire hunger crisis, according to the World Health Organization.

The population of the war-torn Palestinian territory is facing widespread hunger and desperation, according to a dire warning from the World Health Organization (WHO) about the dire situation in Gaza. Two hospitals received supplies from the WHO yesterday, bringing attention to the fact that only 15 of the 36 hospitals in the Gaza Strip are operational, and even those have limited space. With serious injuries, acute starvation, and a high risk of disease in Gaza, the critical situation has put the work of humanitarian workers in jeopardy. WHO Chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has urgently called on the international community to act immediately. According to a WHO statement, people who are starving have been stopping their convoys in an attempt to find food, which has made it ...