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UN lowered India’s growth forecast to 4.8% for 2013

United Nations lowered India’s economic growth forecast for 2013 to 4.8% and warned emerging market economies of the possible negative impact of a tapering of the US Federal Reserve’s quantitative easing program.

The UN’s World Economic Situation and Prospects 2014 report lowered India’s economic growth forecast by 1.3 % for 2013, while it pegged India’s growth rate down 1.2 % at 5.3 per cent in 2014. It projects India’s economic growth at by 5.7 % in 2015.

As per the UN report:

  • China’s growth was expected to maintain a pace of about 7.5 % over the next few years, though India’s economy was forecast to grow by more than 5 %.
  • Global economy is expected to expand by 3.0 % in 2014 and by 3.3 % in 2015, compared with estimated growth of 2.1 per cent for 2013.
  • The predictions are based on an end to the euro’s protracted recession and somewhat stronger growth in the United States.


Devyani Khobragade case: Government transfered diplomat to Indian permanent mission to UN

Screenshot_6The Ministry of External Affairs transferred diplomat Ms Devyani Khobragade to India’s Permanent Mission in the United Nations, giving her full diplomatic immunity.

Why Ms Devyani Khobragade has been transferred to India’s Permanent Mission in the United Nations?

Ms. Devyani Khobragade, India’s deputy consul general in New York, arrested in the 2nd week of December 2013 for an alleged case of visa fraud and to make false statements in connection with the visa application for an Indian national employee who was domestic helper in her home.

  • Later on, she was released on a $250000 bond after she pleaded not guilty in a court. She will have to face a maximum of 15 years in jail if convicted on both matters.
  • The U.S. State Department clarified that Indian diplomat does not enjoy immunity from US laws. It is firm about its policies in support of the domestic workers.
  • Under the Vienna convention on consular relations (VCCR), the Indian Deputy Consul General enjoys immunity from the jurisdiction of US courts only with respect to acts performed in the exercise of consular functions.
  • Due to the fear that Ms. Khobragade may be detained again, posted to UN. Here, she will enjoy full diplomatic immunity and US can’t arrest her.


December 10 observed as Human Rights Day across the globe

December 10 was observed as Human Rights Day across the globe marking the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The theme chosen for the year 2013 is ‘20 Years Working for Your Rights’.

What is the significance of Human Rights Day?

December 10 holds significance as it was on this day in 1948 when the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted and proclaimed, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the first global declaration of human rights and one of the first major achievements of the new United Nations. The formal establishment of Human Rights Day occurred at the 317th Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly on December 4, 1950, when the General Assembly declared resolution 423(V), inviting all member states and any other interested organizations to celebrate the December 10 as they saw fit.

In 1993, the UNGA adopted Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action (VDPA) at the World Conference on Human Rights  in Vienna, Austria which led to the creation of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights for the promotion and protection of all human rights. Year 2013, the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights marks 20 years since its establishment.

In addition, it is traditionally on December 10 that the five-yearly United Nations Prize in the Field of Human Rights and Nobel Peace Prize are awarded.