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Archive» Prime Minister Prachanda addressing the UN General Assembly's High-level meeting. Photo & illustration: eEyeCam
UN Wants to End Poverty by 2015 But Is Wary About the Deadline
Nepal’s New Prime Minister Envisions Achievement by 2018
New York, September 25, 2008- Today, when Nepal’s new Prime Minister Pushpakamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ addressed the UN General Assembly High Level event on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) at the round table meeting “Poverty and Hunger”, he said “Despite such solemn pledge, it is ironic that more than a billion people, the so-called “bottom billion”, mostly in developing countries, are still trapped in conditions of grinding poverty with an income of less than a dollar a day. This is unbecoming of the contemporary human civilization, which has so much affluence and prosperity at its disposal.”  More news»


Archive» Iranian protesters at the UN Headquarters, New York. Photo & illustration: eEyeCam

For Many World Leaders: UN Is a Must-Win Battle Ground (12 Photos)
But at What Cost?

New York, September 23, 2008- Today, the 63rd UN General Assembly meeting at the UN Headquarters, New York, became a battleground, but instead of swords they fought with words. The United States President George W. Bush arrived late when today's morning session first speaker, President of Brazil Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was just about to finish his speech. President Bush's turn was second. The evergreen-smiling Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, once President Bush's "Axis of Evil", was there to listen to what President Bush would say. More news»


Archive» Student Observance of the International Day of Peace at UN. Photo & illustration: eEyeCam
Texting for Peace: Can It Be That Easy?
Student Observance of the International Day of Peace (15 photos)
New York, September 19, 2008 - This morning at 9:30 am, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon marked the Student Observance of the International Day of Peace in the Japanese Garden located at the UN Headquarters in New York by ringing the Peace Bell and sending a text message to the world leaders, which read "On 21 September, the International Day of Peace, I call on world leaders and peoples around the world to join forces against conflict, poverty and hunger, and for all human rights for all.” More news»


Archive» Remembering World Trade Center Terrorist Attacks in 2001. Photos : Roy Steel (2001) and eEyeCam (2007). Illustration:
eEyeCam
Remembering 9/11: Tragedy...And a New Hope
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7th Anniversary of September 11 Terrorist Attacks in World Trade Center
New York, September 11, 2008- The Twin Towers at the World Trade Center (WTC) were two of the tallest buildings in the world and one of the iconic landmarks of the USA until September 11, 2001. Today, New York City and families of the 2,751 victims hosted the seventh anniversary of the terrorist attacks which destroyed the twin towers. More news»


Archive» International Literacy Day 2008, September 8. Photos courtesy: UN.Org & eEyeCam. Illustration: eEyeCam

 
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One Billion People Cannot Read Or Write
Nepal Among the 16 Least Literate Countries out of World's 177
New York, September 8, 2008- "Kalo Akshar Bhaisilai Barabar". This is a saying in Nepali which means a black alphabet has no meaning to a buffalo or to me. That's what the alphabet means to an estimated one billion of the world's people today. Isn't it sad enough to know this fact in our digital era? More news»




Archive» Photos courtesy: writespirit.net, demconvention.com & getreligion.org. Illustration: eEyeCam
"I have a Dream." Yes, and Now That Dream Is Coming True

New York, August 28, 2008- Today, 45 years after the historic civil rights march and Dr. Martin Luther King's inspiring "I Have a Dream" speech (read), Democratic Presidential nominee Barack Obama, 47, a black man like Dr. King, stood before a crowd of 80,000 in Denver, Colorado, appeared live on TV, and online to millions, if not billions, around the world as he delivered his Democratic Presidential nomination acceptance speech. More news»

American Politics, Media Hype and Super Power Syndrome
Poorest of the Poor People Living Right Here in the USA?

New York, August 27, 2008- Do you know that 15 thousand journalists are camping out at the Democratic Party's National Convention in Denver, Colorado to cover the 4,440 Democratic delegates' four-day-long (25-28 August) convention which will formally nominate its Presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama to be the 44th President of the United States of America? More news»

Beijing Olympics: Moments to Cherish...Forever!
New York, August 24, 2008-In the history of modern Olympics since it was first held in Athens, Greece in 1896, this year's Beijing Olympics, the 29th Olympic Games, perhaps is the most memorable, not only because of the world record-breaking performances by the athletes but because of the hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of volunteer cheer leaders making the spectacular opening and closing ceremonies flawless. More news»

World's Top Media Highlighted Nepal's Maoist Prime Minister
New York, August 19, 2008- What sells in the world of media? Fading communism or exotic Maoism? Yes, both words have got a new lease on life when the Chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoists) or in short CPN-Maoists, Prachanda was elected as the first Prime Minister of Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal on August 16, 2008. More news»


America's Michael Phelps with 7 World Records and 8 Gold Medals in Beijing Olympics
Becomes the World's Hero As Well
New York, August 16, 2008 - The 23-year-old American swimmer Michael Phelps today won his 8 gold medals at the Beijing Olympics and, after 36 years, broke Mark Spitz’s single Games record of seven gold medals. Mark Andrew Spitz, also an American swimmer, won seven gold medals at the 1972 Olympic Games which was held in Munich, then West Germany. More news»
A Nepali Who Composed  the Music for India's National Anthem and Performed It on the First Day of India's Independence

60 Years of Independence: India is Stronger than Ever
New York, August 15, 2008- Nepal's neighboring country India turns 61 today. The Independence Day is celebrated annually on August 15 to commemorate its freedom from the British Raj (colonization) in 1947. The Prime Minister of India hoists the National Flag at the Red Fort in Old Delhi and delivers an extensive speech from there.
60 years ago, a Nepali son Captain Ramsingh Thakur, who composed the music for India's national anthem "Jana Gana Mana...", played it at the Red Fort on the very first day of India's independence on August 15, 1947. On that day, the first Indian Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru delivered his famous speech titled as "Tryst with Destiny,"
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Archive» International Youth Day 2008. See for details. Photos & Illustration: eEyeCam


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Celebrating Youth: International Youth Day 2008
"Youth and Climate Change: Time for Action"
New York, August 12, 2008- Youth are like blossoms in the garden. Every one goes through this precious stage of life’s development. And today's youth has more responsibility than ever. Our ballooning world population is 6.7 billion and our youth population is 1.2 billion which is 18 percent of the global population according to United Nations data. The UN defines youth as those between the ages of 15 and 24. Read full news»

Reconciliation Progress Between States and Indigenous Peoples is 'Good Sign' But 'Not Enough' Say Indigenous Peoples
New York, August 9, 2008-
The world's estimated 370 million Indigenous Peoples are celebrating the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples today, but with heavy hearts as they are faced with the inevitability of life in miserable conditions in their own countries. Read full news»
Remembering Hiroshima with Peace in Our Hearts
New York, August 6, 2008- This year's August 6 marks the 63rd annivesary day of the world’s first atomic bombing at Hiroshima City. Read full news»


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The Fate of the World’s 49 Poorest Countries

Nepal needs 55 years and more to be out of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) List
New York, July 17, 2008- There are also the “unfortunate” 49 poorest countries of the world, known as the Least Developed Countries or LDCs, a term coined by United Nations and one of its main bodies, The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). Read full news»


Archive» Words: Pratha. Mumbai, India. Photo & illustration: eEyeCam

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World Population Day: 6,709,195,643 (GMT 01:57) and Counting...
New York, July 11, 2008- Every second 4.3 newborn are joining our 6.7 billion human population. We are devouring more of the world's resources than our mother earth can bear or produce. There should be a stop, or, if not, control over our population if we want to continue to prosper and live for generations to come.  Read full news»


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Voice of 3.5 million people with disabilities among the world’s 35 million displaced people

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» World Refugee Day 2008: "We're thinking of you this day"
-UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador & Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie





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» World Environment Day 2008 & CO2




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World’s Indigenous Voices Echo at United Nations Headquarters in New York



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