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USA, UN launches 10-point declaration for support for UN reforms

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump participates in a session on reforming the United Nations at U.N. Headquarters in New York, U.S., September 18, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

The United States and the United Nations have launched the 10-point declaration for support for UN reforms which aims to simplify procedures and decentralized decisions, with greater transparency, efficiency, and accountability.

U.S. President Donald Trump had criticized the United Nations on Monday as being wracked with bureaucracy and mismanagement and urged reforms so that the world body emerges stronger and a more effective force for peace.

“The United Nations has not reached its full potential because of bureaucracy and mismanagement. We are not seeing the results in line with this investment. But I know that under the secretary-general that’s changing and it’s changing fast. And we’ve seen it,” said US President Donald Trump.

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres agreed with Trump and said that the world body’s “shared objective should focus more on people”.

“You often have said, and you repeated today, that the U.N. has tremendous potential. All of us have the responsibility to make sure we live up to it. Our shared objective is a 21st Century U.N. focused more on people, less on the process. And as you rightly said, more on delivery, less on bureaucracy,” said the official.

Lastly, Guterres emphasized that “to serve the people the world body must be flexible and efficient”.

“And we must do so keenly aware of our obligation to live up to the values of the United Nations charter. Together, we are making progress on a broad and bold reform agenda to strengthen the United Nations,” said Guterres. — Reuters



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Trump on Florence: ‘We are ready’

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, September 13th, 2018

Satellite imagery showing eye of Hurricane Florence | NASA via REUTERS


U.S. President Donald Trump said the federal government “is ready” as fears about Hurricane Florence spread south on Wednesday (September 12), with Georgia declaring a state of emergency after officials in the Carolinas urged people to evacuate the coast ahead of the storm’s expected pounding winds and rain-driven floods.

Florence weakened slightly to a Category 3 storm on a five-step scale but had maximum sustained winds of 125 miles per hour (201 km per hour) as of 2 p.m. EDT (1800 GMT), down from 130 mph earlier in the day. Its trajectory showed its center most likely to strike the southern coast of North Carolina by late Thursday or early Friday, the National Hurricane Center said.

Updated NHC forecasts showed the storm lingering near the coast of the Carolinas, carrying days of heavy rains that could bring intense inland flooding from South Carolina to Virginia. Parts of North Carolina could get 40 inches (1 meter) of rain. — Reuters

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Duterte blames Trump’s import tariffs for inflation in PH

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, September 10th, 2018

President Rodrigo Duterte via PCOO; U.S. President Donald Trump via Reuters

From 5.7 percent in the month of July, the inflation rate in the country increased to 6.4 percent in August 2018.

This is the highest inflation rate reported by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) in nine years.

President Rodrigo Duterte blames the policies of US President Donald Trump for the high inflation rate in the Philippines.

The Chief Executive first mentioned this during his meeting with the Filipino community in Jordan.  He said the inflation in the country is directly affected by the tariffs imposed by Trump administration on imported goods from its trading partners.

“Who started it? The United States of America. When USA increased the price of rice, everything increased. We can do nothing about it. It’s the economy,” he said.

The United States has imposed a series of tariffs on products coming from various trading partners such as the European Union, Canada, Mexico and especially China.

These tariffs have angered trading partners and implemented retaliatory tariffs on US goods.

Meanwhile, Duterte alleged that the opposition is using the issue of inflation against his administration.

This is after reports surfaced that an oust Duterte movement is allegedly being organized for October 2018.

“They are feeding on that eh, rice, tapos itong inflation. Iyon ‘yung ginagamit nila in preparation for this October. Maybe this October,I can… I’ll have to talk to the military and the police,” Duterte said. — Rosalie Coz

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Trump warns Google, Facebook, Twitter to be careful

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, August 29th, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/File Photo

U.S. President Donald Trump warned Google, Facebook, and Twitter to tread carefully on Tuesday (August 28) after recently accusing internet and social media firms of political bias and censorship, without providing evidence.

“I think what Google and what others are doing if you look at what’s going on with Twitter if you look at what’s going on with Facebook, they better be careful because you can’t do that to people,” Trump said in remarks at the White House.

“So I think that Google, and Twitter and Facebook, they are really treading on very, very troubled territory and they have to be careful. It’s not fair to large portions of the population.” — Reuters

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