An ambitious goal

An ambitious goal

NDO – The huge stimulus package passed by the US Congress encouraged President J. Biden to continue the launch of an infrastructure development plan worth more than US$2 trillion, which he called “a once-in-a-generation investment”. (Apr 07, 2021 11:04:36)

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The next mission

  Apr 08, 2021 16:28:40
NDO – European negotiators with Russia and China are exerting efforts to save the Iran nuclear agreement, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), in direct talks with Iran held in Vienna, Austria. At these, shuttle diplomacy is also taking place to bring the US and Iran back into indirect dialogue, opening up opportunities for cooperation to resolve their disagreements. 

Solidarity and sharing - An urgent goal

  Mar 29, 2021 09:39:53
NDO – The United Nations (UN) announced that the majority of member states have committed to promoting equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. As a “scarce commodity” during the pandemic time, vaccines have yet to reach many countries, partly because poor countries lack resources and some rich countries purchase a greater volume than their emergency needs. More than ever, the urgent goal now is unity and vaccine sharing. 

Cautious optimism

  Mar 25, 2021 16:20:26
NDO - The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and financial institutions have shown optimism about the world’s economic outlook as they have said there are many signs of a strong recovery. 

A strategic focus

  Mar 15, 2021 15:40:00
NDO – The White House has announced a series of important diplomatic activities this week, including the first foreign trips by the new senior foreign affairs and defence officials to Japan, the Republic of Korea (RoK), and India, together with their first dialogue with China. These plans show that the Indo-Pacific region has been identified by US President Joe Biden’s administration as a strategic focus in its foreign policy. 

Promoting gender equality - A priority goal

  Mar 10, 2021 10:15:22
NDO – Representatives from nearly 60 countries and United Nations (UN) agencies recently attended an Arria-formula meeting entitled “Call to Lead by Example: Ensuring the Full, Equal and Meaningful Participation of Women in UN-led Peace Processes”. Many countries and organisations affirmed their priority and efforts to promote gender equality and to not leave women behind in the development process, especially in the post-pandemic recovery period. 

‘Ceasefire’ reached in EU-US aircraft subsidy war

  Mar 07, 2021 11:25:26
NDO – Over the weekend, the European Union (EU) and the United States (US) announced a truce in a longstanding dispute over subsidies for the world’s biggest aircraft manufacturers, Airbus (EU) and Boeing (US). 

A long-term challenge

  Mar 05, 2021 10:17:58
NDO – The third wave of COVID-19 is posing a long-term challenge to member states of the European Union (EU), especially in the context that the number of cases in some countries such as France and the Czech Republic has been on the rise in recent times. Meanwhile, the licensing of vaccines and the vaccination have been delayed, and EU officials have warned that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the pandemic, could persist for a long time. 

Japan’s economy sails through the storm

  Feb 19, 2021 10:28:41
NDO – Japan’s Cabinet Office recently reported that the real gross domestic product (GDP) of the country in Q4 2020 increased by 12.7% over the same period in 2019. Such an economic growth rate, together with positive signals from exports and the stock market, indicate that the world’s third largest economy is now on the path towards successfully overcoming the “COVID-19 storm”. 

A great distance

  Feb 18, 2021 18:09:25
NDO – Iran has urged the new administration in the US to seize the opportunity to adopt new approaches to bilateral issues. However, the tough statement by US President Joe Biden demanding that Teheran strictly adhere to the 2015 nuclear deal has made the distance between the two sides become even more difficult to narrow. 

A sharing plan

  Feb 14, 2021 17:03:24
NDO – At the recent virtual meeting, finance ministers and central bank heads from the Group of Seven (G7) industrialised nations discussed a plan to mobilise funding for the world's poorest countries. Together with the goodwill to reschedule debt, the new G7 plan is expected to help ease the burden on poor countries who are struggling with the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Guardians of the Year

  Feb 11, 2021 10:09:48
NDO – On the front line against COVID-19, health workers around the world have shown the best and most humane things: compassion, empathy, courage and extraordinary stamina. They have placed themselves in the ranks of defenders of divine ideals. That is the comment of Time Magazine (USA) when selecting the anti-pandemic front line medical staff as "Guardians" of 2020. 

Efforts exerted to realise carbon neutrality goal

  Feb 02, 2021 17:24:49
NDO – The recently held virtual Climate Adaptation Summit, hosted by the Netherlands, received commitments from many countries to join hands to protect our green planet. The United Nations (UN) is also urging countries to up their efforts to combat climate change, as the great powers demonstrate their determination to realise carbon neutrality goals, as well as act to prevent global warming.  

Reinforcing global strategic stability

  Jan 29, 2021 09:39:31
NDO - Right from their first phone call, US President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin reached a high consensus on extending the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START). This decision has been hailed as a major step in the efforts to reinforce global security and strategic stability, while marking a new start to US-Russia cooperation across fields. 

Urgent actions urged to restore the global economy

  Jan 27, 2021 10:52:05
NDO – Two recently published international survey reports have pointed to the dire impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the labour market and on global inequality. Delivered on the eve of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, this is a message calling for urgent action from leaders and business owners around the world.