Global efforts strengthened to reduce plastic waste

Global efforts strengthened to reduce plastic waste

NDO – Environment and energy ministers from G20 countries recently convened a meeting in Nagano Prefecture, Japan, during which they agreed to set up a new international framework in order to tackle the problem of marine plastic waste, one of the most pressing threats to the environment presently. (23 hours ago)

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European Parliament elections 2019, a “test” for EU model

  May 23, 2019 11:22:36
NDO – From May 23 to 26, more than 420 million voters of 28 European Union (EU) member countries will cast their ballots to elect 751 members of the European Parliament (EP) for the 2019-2024 tenure. The elections take place while the EU is facing numerous difficulties and the building of a strong and unified EU is becoming an urgent requirement for the alliance. 

Oil and Middle East “fire pan”

  May 22, 2019 12:24:14
NDO – A series of attacks against Saudi Arabia’s oil stations and oil tankers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have been reported over recent times, resulting in escalating tensions in the Middle East. 

Libyan crisis now a trans-Mediterranean concern

  May 16, 2019 07:09:52
NDO – The foreign ministers of the European Union (EU) member countries recently met in Brussels, Belgium, to discuss solutions to the Libyan crisis. European nations are concerned about a new wave of migration as many people seek to flee violence in Libya, while information concerning outside interference makes the situation in the North African country increasingly complicated.  

Positive signs in US-China trade talks

  May 03, 2019 12:48:52
NDO – The trade negotiations between the United States and China are expected to reach an agreement in the second half of this month as both sides have sent out positive signals. However, most analysts have stated that although a deal can be obtained after the next round of negotiations, trade frictions will still remain a big problem in the US-China relations in the future. 

Dream of peace on Korean Peninsula

  Apr 29, 2019 18:10:18
NDO – On April 27, the two Koreas celebrated the first anniversary of the historic inter-Korean summit with a meeting and a highly symbolic handshake between President of the Republic of Korea (RoK) Moon Jae-in and Chairman of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong Un. The different messages delivered by both sides on the occasion show that greater efforts are needed in order to fulfil the goal of opening a new era of peace on the Korean Peninsula. 

New motivation from Russia-DPRK Summit

  Apr 26, 2019 18:08:15
NDO – The meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chairman of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong Un in the Russian city of Vladivostok is expected to provide new motivation for bilateral cooperation and for the peace process on the Korean Peninsula. It is also an opportunity for the two countries to affirm their national position, in the context of the DPRK accelerating its international integration and Russia strengthening its involvement in global efforts. 

Unavoidable disagreement

  Apr 25, 2019 13:39:59
NDO - The world oil market reacted immediately after the decision of US President Donald Trump to end exemptions from sanctions for countries still buying oil from Iran. The European Union (EU) and many countries are concerned about the negative effects of this decision on the stability of the Middle East, despite US allies' commitment to ensure sufficient supply. 

Enhanced efforts to stamp out fire of conflict in Libya and Sudan

  Apr 24, 2019 12:32:50
NDO – As the Chairman of the African Union (AU), Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi hosted a troika summit in Cairo to discuss crises in Africa, including the upheavals in Libya and Sudan. The event is expected to come up with solutions to remove the conflict detonator and prevent the wide-spreading of tensions in the region. 

New leader expected to bring change to Ukraine

  Apr 23, 2019 17:23:03
NDO – Although the official results of the Ukrainian presidential election must wait ten more days to be announced, incumbent President Petro Poroshenko admitted defeat, while leading candidate comedian Volodymyr Zelensky received words of congratulations and affirmed that he would not “disappoint” those who have placed strong expectations in change for the country after many years of being engulfed in crisis. 

The “5G race” is heating up

  Apr 22, 2019 17:08:38
NDO - In recent days, many countries, including the US, the Republic of Korea (RoK), China, and Qatar have officially launched the fifth generation telecoms network (5G). The 5G technology provides countries with the opportunity to become pioneers in the fourth industrial revolution therefore the “5G race” is heating up. 

Towards a happy ending

  Apr 18, 2019 18:45:45
NDO - US and Japanese negotiators have just closed the first round of trade talks to address bilateral trade issues. With the initial negotiation results and visits made by leaders of the two countries in the near future, analysts hope that the trade talks will bring about a “happy ending”. 

Necessary steps urged to prevent Sudan from a late-coming Arab Spring

  Apr 17, 2019 15:57:14
NDO – Sudan has fallen into a serious political crisis since President Omar al-Bashir was ousted. Worried about the risk of increased uncertainties in Sudan threatening regional security, the African Union (AU) and the international community have called on the parties concerned to hold dialogue to avoid escalating tensions. There are warnings of an “Arab Spring” coming later in Sudan, unless measures are taken to promptly stabilise the situation in this East African nation. 

Trump branding IRGC terrorists threatens to escalate regional tensions

  Apr 14, 2019 15:43:11
NDO – Over recent days, “waves” have resurged in the Gulf as a result of tensions between the United States and Iran, after US President Donald Trump took an unprecedented step in dealing with Iran, labelling the country’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) a terrorist organisation. The US move has triggered fears that Tehran would apply retaliatory blows. A new “fire pan” is at risk of breaking out if the parties concerned do not take moves to cool down tensions. 

Dialogue needed for Libyan crisis instead of confrontation

  Apr 11, 2019 17:17:08
NDO – Every effort by the United Nations to seek peace for Libya seems to have returned to its starting point as conflict erupted once again in the North African nation. More than eight years after the “Arab Spring”, Libya is still submerged in divisions and crises, and is once again at risk of being embroiled in a bloody civil war, threatening regional security.