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UN chief welcomes Paris meeting between PM Sharif and India's Modi -
UNITED NATIONS, Nov 30 (APP): Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the meeting between Pakistani Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi that took place on the margins of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris on Monday. "We obviously welcome any direct contacts between prime ministers of India and Pakistan," the secretary-general's spokesman, Stephane Dujarric," told APP at UN Headquarters in New York when asked for the UN chief's reaction on the development.                                    

Climate change agreement must be cognizant of developing countries' needs: PM -
By Shahid Saleem Khan

PARIS, Nov 30 (APP):  Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Monday said that Pakistan was committed to reduction of global emissions with various initiatives already taken like efforts for renewable technologies, energy efficiency, implementation of mass transport systems and expansion of hydro-electricity potential. "For the effective implementation of our (Pakistan's) national programmes, finance, technology transfer, and capacity building remain key enablers," he said while speaking at the leaders event of a two-week 21st UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) which started here in the French capital.

Both Pakistan, India desire to move forward: PM -
PARIS, Nov 30 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Monday said that both Pakistan and India desired to move forward and 'all states must keep the door to dialogue open.' Talking to newsmen, the Prime Minister said he and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi held a good chat in a good atmosphere. To a question, he said all issues could not be discussed in a brief interaction.

Classical singer Hamid Ali Khan mesmerizes audience at musical soiree in New York -
NEW YORK, Nov 30 (APP):  Famed Pakistani singer classical singer Ustad Hamid Ali Khan enthralled an appreciative audience with his lilting ghazals and songs at a musical soiree held at the Pakistan Mission to the United Nations in New York. Pakistan U.N. Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi hosted the cultural event as part of her efforts to promote the soft image of the country.                                    

Dialogue only way to resolve disputes between two countries: Fatemi -
PARIS, Nov 30 (APP): Describing as "good"  the meeting between Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, Special Assistant to PM on Foreign Affairs Syed Tariq Fatemi on Monday said dialogue was the only way to resolve disputes between any two states. "Prime Minister Modi himself approached Prime Minister Sharif and had a brief meeting," Tariq Fatemi told APP after the meeting which was held here on the sidelines of the UN Climate Change Conference.

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Afghan conflict still has devastating toll on civilians UN report PDF Print E-mail
UNITED NATIONS,Aug 8 (APP):Conflict-related violence in Afghanistan is still having devastating consequences for civilians despite the decrease in casualties this year, according to a United Nations report released Wednesday.The United Nations welcomes the reduction in civilian casualties, but we must remember that Afghan children, women and men continue to be killed and injured at alarmingly high levels, the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan, Nicholas Haysom, said in Kabul, according to a news release issued at UN Headquarters in New York.The 2012 Mid-year Report on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict states that during the first half of the year, conflict-related violence led to 1,145 civilian deaths and 1,954 injuries.While these figures represent a 15 per cent decrease compared to last year, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) stressed that more needs to be done protect civilians. The 3,099 civilian casualties documented in this report were ordinary Afghans struggling to go about their daily lives in the midst of an armed conflict, said Mr. Haysom, adding that out of the 3,099 casualties, 925 were women and children. I call on all parties to the conflict to increase their efforts to protect civilians from harm and to respect the sanctity of human life.

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