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Publication date 24 October 2021 | 20:28 | ICT

United Nations Day – an occasion to celebrate what the UN stands for: peace, justice, respect, human rights, tolerance and solidarity.



  • North Korea risks closing door to dialogue

    This is a series of military provocations by North Korea. The Japanese government must rationally analyse Pyongyang’s intentions and take measures to deal with the issue in cooperation with the US, South Korea and other countries concerned.

  • Lao start-ups face challenges, need support

    Lao start-ups are facing challenges in their efforts to help strengthen the national economy, including a lack of legislation that supports their set-up and administration, with little incentive from the government.

  • FAO ready to follow up on UN summit, transform agri-food systems together

    The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has entered a new era with a new structure and new dynamics. The 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are approaching; we have to change our agri-food systems urgently and holistically.

  • 20 years on, critical lessons from 9/11

    It is understandable, given the chaos surrounding the US exit from Afghanistan – especially the murder of the 13 US troops – that our attention has been focused on the ending of America’s longest war.

  • Plan to build back better: Strengthening primary healthcare services

    The world is at a crossroads. Almost two years since SARS-CoV-2 was detected, some countries globally are returning normal, or something very close.

  • Saving lives and futures – why the time is right for school reopenings

    ‘I’m just so excited to go back to school. I’ve missed my friends and teachers, and having a quiet place to read my books.” Chea Danin, 11, is just one of millions of Cambodian schoolchildren celebrating last week’s announcement by Prime Minister Hun Sen that schools can begin to reopen this month.

  • Lessons of 9/11 remain unlearned

    Early last month, a group representing family members of Americans killed on September 11, 2001, informed US President Joe Biden he wouldn’t be welcome at 20th anniversary commemorations of the catastrophe unless he persuaded the FBI to declassify files relating to the involvement of Saudi

  • Europe’s new refugee crisis

    The humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan has already deepened conflicts elsewhere, including Europe, where a confrontation is escalating between Belarus and its EU neighbours: Poland, Lithuania and Latvia.

  • Turning online games into teaching tool

    A recent announcement by the National Press and Publication Administration in China restricts the playing of video games to a maximum of one hour a day between 8pm and 9pm on weekends and holidays.

  • In search of just transition within food systems in Asia

    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC’s) recent release of the Sixth Assessment Report is ringing a serious alarm bell on the role of methane emissions in climate change.