June, 2020


Universal child benefits critical in reducing poverty, new ODI and UNICEF report finds 

NEW YORK:  Universal child benefits, such as unconditional cash payments or tax transfers, are critical in the fight against child poverty, yet are only available in 1 in 10 countries worldwide, according to a new report published today by the Overseas Development Institute and UNICEF. The report Universal Child Benefits: Policy Issues and Options highlights that universal cash benefits provided to children in middle-income countries at a cost of just 1 per cent of GDP would lead to 20 per cent decline in poverty across the entire population. In 15 high-income countries, delivering universal childRead More

Integrated Water Resource Management as a tool for monitoring COVID-19, say experts

 Islamabad: The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in partnership with Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) and National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) hosted a webinar on “Policy Dialogue Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) a Tool for Prevention and Smart Monitoring of COVID-19”. More than 50 national and international participants including experts, members from academia and students attended the event. It highlighted the challenges faced in implementing IWRM. The webinar also discussed the advantages of monitoring COVID-19 in countries like Pakistan as well as Asia PacificRead More

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Reaffirms Qatar Position in Support of the Palestinian People

Doha: HE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Sultan bin Saad Al Muraikhi reaffirmed State of Qatar firm position in support of the Palestinian people in their legitimate struggle to regain their rights and occupied land. During the Open-Ended Virtual Extraordinary Meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Executive Committee regarding the government of the Israeli occupations threat to annex parts of the territory of the State of Palestine occupied in 1967 on Wednesday, His Excellency said in a statement that the State of Qatar took the initiative to participate in this meeting based on its steadfast stance towardsRead More

IOC Executive Board confirms timeline for Paris 2024 events

Lausanne , Switzerland : The International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s Executive Board (EB) agreed during a virtual meeting today to maintain the previously set deadline of December 2020 to confirm the event programme and athlete quotas for the Olympic Games Paris 2024, including consideration of the events in the four additional sports proposed by the Organising Committee. This decision is based on the recommendation of the Olympic Programme Commission (OPC) after receiving feedback from the athletes, International Sports Federations (IFs), National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and Paris 2024. The IOC EB underlinedRead More

Pakistan condemns the extra-judicial killing of 9 more Kashmiri youth

Islamabd: Pakistan strongly condemns the unabated extra-judicial killings of Kashmiri youth in acts of state-terrorism perpetrated by Indian occupation forces in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOJ&K). The Indian occupation forces have martyred 9 more Kashmiri youth during the last 24 hours in “fake” encounters and so-called “cordon-and-search” operations in Shopian area of IOJ&K. Several houses in the area were also destroyed and pellet guns and tear gas used against innocent Kashmiri men, women and children who took to the streets to protest against the Indian brutalities. Infliction of suchRead More

On this World Oceans Day, we focus on Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean,UN SECRETARY-GENERAL

New York: The COVID-19 pandemic is a sharp reminder of how we are all intimately connected — to each other and to nature. As we work to end the pandemic and build back better, we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity – and responsibility — to correct our relationship with the natural world, including the world’s seas and oceans. We rely on the oceans for food, livelihoods, transport, and trade. And, as the lungs of our planet and its largest carbon sink, the oceans play a vital role in regulating the global climate. Today, sea levelsRead More

Pakistan is deeply concerned over unabated extra-judicial killings of Kashmiri youth in fake encounters and so-called “anti-infiltration” spokesperson MOFA

Islamabad. Today is 305th day of the continued oppression; deliberate acts of terrorizing, inhuman lockdown and military siege faced by the innocent people in the Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir. In recent acts of state terrorism, Indian occupation troops martyred 21 Kashmiris, including the extra-judicial killing of thirteen Kashmiris in a single day. During the month of May, at least 200 people were injured due to the use of brute force by the Indian occupation forces. Pakistan is deeply concerned over unabated extra-judicial killings of Kashmiri youth in fake encountersRead More