Pakistani education activist and Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai became the most famous teenager in the world of the 21st century, reported a UN review. UN News highlighted the events that happened between 2010 and the end of 2013 including Malala’s work in favor of girls’ education for 2012. UN News pointed out Malala’s journey and how she was known for speaking out in favour of the education of girls.
The Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal has clarified that outgoing UN envoy, Maleeha Lodhi completed her tenure and was not fired. The Foreign Office also credited Dr Lodhi for Prime Minister Imran Khan’s successful participation in recent UN General Assembly session. The FO spokesman’s tweet came in response to ongoing speculation about reasons behind change of the envoy in New York.
Prime Minister Imran Khan has approved the appointment of ambassador Munir Akram as Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York. Akram has served as Pakistan’s permanent representative to UN previously as well, holding the office for six years between 2002 and 2008 and will replace Dr Maleeha Lodhi, who has held the office of Pakistan’s envoy to UN since February 2015.
“Whether the world stands with Kashmiris or not, Pakistan is standing by them,” said Prime Minister Imran Khan upon his return to Pakistan from the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. The PM spoke to a large number of party workers and supporters who had gathered at the capital’s airport to welcome the premier.
The United Nations Human Rights spokesperson has expressed “great concern” over the information blackout in occupied Kashmir after India’s decision to repeal its special status. In a statement shared via a video on Twitter, the spokesperson said that what had already been observed to be a pattern, was taken to a “new level” with the latest restrictions placed by India.
An alarmingly high rate of HIV/AIDS cases in Pakistan has raised concern globally, resulting in United Nations labelling the country among 11 countries with highest ratio of the disease. Newly released report states that sharp increase in cases in Pakistan, despite grant of “massive funding” by international health partners, has proved to be a severe blow to global efforts to curtail HIV/AIDS.
Pakistan’s ambassador to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi was has been unanimously elected as one of the four vice presidents of the Economic and Social Council (Ecosoc), the economic arm of the UN. Ambassador Lodhi, who was elected by acclamation after her candidature was endorsed by the 54-member body, will assume the Asia Pacific seat in the Ecosoc bureau.
According to United Nations, Pakistan will be among the nine countries where more than half of the world’s population increase by 2050 will be concentrated. Expected to increase from 7.7 billion currently to 9.7bn by 2050, India, Nigeria, Congo, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Indonesia, Egypt and United States will also account for more than half the projected growth of global population.