UN General Assembly Current Affairs - 2019

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9 August: International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is globally observed every 9 August with aim to promote and protect rights of indigenous population. Observance of this day seeks to recognize the contributions and achievements of indigenous people to improve world issues such as environmental protection. 2019 Theme: ‘Indigenous Languages’. It is dedicated to languages of indigenous Read More…

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India contributes US$ 5 million to UNRWA in support of Palestine refugees

India has contributed US $5 million to United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). The contribution was provided in support of UNRWA’s core programmes and services, including education, health care, and relief and social services. About UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) It is relief Read More…

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30 July: World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

United Nations (UN) observed World Day Against Trafficking in Persons on July 30 to raise awareness of the plight of human trafficking victims, and promote and protect their rights. The theme for this year was ‘Human Trafficking: Call Your Government To Action’. Background UN- International Labour Organization (ILO) defines human trafficking as trade of humans, Read More…

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Denmark’s Inger Andersen takes over as UNEP’s Executive Director

Denmark’s Inger Andersen recently took charge as the new Executive Director (ED) of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). She will hold the designation for period of 4-years. About Inger Andersen Inger is a Danish economist and environmentalist with over 30 years of experience in international development economics, environmental sustainability and policy-making. Now as ED of Read More…

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Nigeria’s UN envoy elected as President of UNGA 74th Session

Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, Nigeria’s Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) was elected as President of 74th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA). Key Highlights Muhammad-Bande, was nominated by Nigeria and endorsed by African group, at the election. The 193-member UNGA then elected him by acclamation with also supporting his candidature. During an informal interactive dialogue Read More…

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21 May: World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development observed

On 21 May, the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development was celebrated. The year 2019 has been declared ‘International Year of Indigenous Languages’ by UN General Assembly, so as to bring awareness to importance of linguistic diversity. Key Highlights Background: In 2001, The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) adopted Read More…

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18 May: ‘Buddha Purnima’ celebrated

Buddha Purnima also known as Vaishak Purnima is the birth anniversary of Gautama Buddha (or Lord Buddha). 18 May 2019 witnessed the 2,563rd birth anniversary of the Buddha and is being celebrated across the world. About Buddha Purnima Background: Buddha Purnima festival is traditionally celebrated to commemorate birth of Siddhartha Gautama​, who later became Gautama Read More…

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