Wednesday, 19 January, 2022

Topic: UN

World has moved on from US, EU’s drug monopoly. India and China are changing IP regulations

Even without an IP waiver from the WTO, China and India are leading the challenge to the West’s vaccine monopoly.

Less carbon, more automation—Covid lessons became key agendas for Asia-Pacific at UNESCAP

Poor connectivity in the Asia-Pacific became clear during Covid-19. Before we get back on track, transport needs to change.

New study shows China’s stark influence in 70 global institutions in charts

According to the Centre for Global Development, US shouldn’t be alarmed. But it should see where China is at odds with it.

‘Our house is on fire’ in more ways than one. Climate change, Covid-19 ruining adolescents

There is no end in sight for crises. Adolescents have not been well served, according to the British Medical Journal.

Afghanistan withdrawing from General Debate was its ‘own decision’, UN spokesperson says

Afghanistan's Permanent Representative at UN Ghulam Isaczai was listed to speak Monday on the final day of the UN General Debate but withdrew his participation over the weekend.

Important to respect UNSC resolutions on Cyprus, Jaishankar says

Jaishankar met with his Cyprus counterpart Nikos Christodoulides Wednesday. His statement came hours after Turkish President Erdogan made a reference to Kashmir in his UNGA address.

India will stand by Afghans as it is passing through ‘critical’ phase, says Jaishankar

Speaking at a high-level UN meeting on Afghanistan, External Affairs Minister Jaishankar also said that the international community must come forward to help the country.

India, 11 other countries decide not to recognise any Afghanistan govt imposed by force

Representatives from the UN & EU along with others joined a regional conclave Thursday, hosted by Qatar, to discuss ways to contain the escalating security situation in Afghanistan.

Stop negotiated peace settlement with Taliban right away, it’s still a terrorist group

Send in the UN forces to aid Afghanistan and call out Pakistan. Otherwise, the international community will have blood on its hands.

China expanding influence in UN via increased funding, placing key officials: Think-tank study

UN agencies led by China are linked to domestic agendas like the BRI, Make in China 2025 and the rise of Chinese companies, Mumbai-based think-tank Gateway House's study says.

On Camera


File photo of pedestrians walking down a road in Shanghai on the day of the Lunar New Year last year. | Photo: Qilai Shen | Bloomberg

Ladakh standoff cost China more. Look at its ‘chocolate soldiers’, big tech failure

Despite a host of ‘peace agreements’ over the last 3 decades, China’s costs have been mostly intangible but intensely damaging and acute.
File photo of Mukesh Ambani | Photographer: Prodip Guha/Getty Images via Bloomberg

Reliance buys robotics startup Addverb for Rs 1,000 crore to fuel tech ambitions

Mukesh Ambani, Asia’s richest person, is investing in technology as competition from rivals such as Amazon intensifies in India’s booming e-commerce market.


File photo of IAF drone seen flying in Leh on 18 Nov 2020 | ANI

Indian firm gets foothold in prized global ‘kamikaze’ and armed drones market

Global demand for loitering munition & armed drones saw a jump after Azerbaijan was able to defeat superior Armenian armed forces in 2020 with the help of these systems.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Read my lips, I’m hurting, says Pakistan’s National Security Policy. What it means for India

The new policy is mostly chaff, but it reveals the most inward-looking Pakistan in 3 decades. It needs breathing space, and is realising loss of stature and friendship with US.