Pakistan has already built a vibrant military relationship with China and also turned to UK, France, Sweden, Turkey and Italy for its arms supplies.
According to the UN, about a third of the world’s 47 least developed countries, described as the poorest of the world’s poor, are threatened by global warming and sea-level rise.
Any resolution imposing economic or military sanctions on Myanmar is likely to be vetoed either by China or Russia – or both.
US ambassador Nikki Haley has said would block any appointment of a Palestinian official to a senior role at the UN because Washington “does not recognise Palestine” as an independent state.
Hundreds of UN staff from various agencies and services took part in token work stoppage on June 16, to protest a proposed cut of over 7.5% to salaries.
A resolution adopted by the Geneva staff blames the International Civil Service Commission which presides over the salary structures for failing to address the issue.
Sonali Samarasinghe, a former journalist and widow of a Sri Lankan journalist killed in 2009, talks about what the UN can do amid the increasing attacks on journalists worldwide.
The US and other western countries have in the past used their strength to threaten nations into ‘falling in line’.
The current chair of G77, Ecuador is lobbying for an independent UN body that will eliminate tax havens and illicit financial flows which affect world’s poorer nations.
After President-elect Trump criticised the working of the United Nations, tensions are set to boil over
One of the most elusive problems that the new UN chief will inherit will be the Israel-Palestine conflict – unresolved despite 50 years of negotiations and unimplemented Security Council resolutions.
To promote transparency, the UN has proposed a Freedom of Information Act to help journalists access information, along with the creation of a UN special envoy to ensure the safety of journalists worldwide.