Tag: United Nations

WHO and UN haven’t declared the COVID-19 outbreak as a “pandemic”, but CNN has

Global news network CNN  has begun using the term "pandemic" to describe the COVID-19 outbreak, despite the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations (UN) still declining to label it as such. Beginning Monday (March 9), CNN started using the dreaded "p-word" that the world...

Dr M urges nations to fight climate change but defends Malaysia’s palm oil industry

Dr Mahathir Mohamad urged countries to prepare to fight against climate change and the natural disasters it brings instead of starting wars against one another. He delivered his speech at the 74th UN General Assembly in New York on Sept 27, 2019. "The world is experiencing...

Netizens are still reacting to blogger Xiaxue’s “cringe” comments on Greta Thunberg’s UN speech

On Monday, Singaporean blogger Xiaxue made waves on Instagram when she posted her strong opinions in reaction to Greta Thunberg's impassioned speech to the United Nations (UN) on climate change, calling her actions "so damn cringe". Social media largely criticised the influencer for her diatribe,...

PM Lee stresses need for “small states” to cooperate against wars and climate change

Singapore—Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong emphasized that Singapore must work together with other small states to advance common interests and overcome challenges. PM Lee addressed world leaders during a reception of the Forum of Small States (FOSS) on Wednesday (Sept 25). Currently made up of 107...

Policymakers ‘in the dark’ on sexual orientation and gender identity: UN

As Pride Month is celebrated this June, one independent expert from the United Nations voiced out concerns that there was very little data surrounding violence and discrimination targeted against the LGBTQ community, and that much of the world “is in the dark” about their...

Philippine’s ‘anti-narcotics campaign’ should never be duplicated by any nation – UN chief

The violent and bloody approach of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to eliminate the drug problem in the Philippines should never be replicated by other countries in the world. This was stressed by Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, in her statement during...

Singapore files UNCLOS declaration to settle maritime dispute with negotiations

A spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said on Thursday, December 14, announced that Singapore filed a declaration under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) at the United Nations in New York on December 12, for the...

Human rights – long road ahead on the shoulders of giants

By Howard Lee A major event that happened this week at the other side of the world from Singapore would have escaped the attention of most Singaporeans, and although it had everything to do with our little nation state, few would see it bearing any consequence...

History: From night-soil buckets to World Toilet Day

A trip down the memory lane to a lesser known fact of life in Singapore, just over 25 years ago – the night-soil bucket system Few months back, Singapore placed its first-ever resolution before the UN's General Assembly of 193 members. Titled “Sanitation for all”,...