The Tourism Ministry is set to present the Angklung Nusantara Concert at the United Nations headquarters in New York, United States, on Monday at 6:30 p.m. local time. The concert, titled “Bamboo for Peace: Enchanting Sounds and Rhythms of Indonesia”, was organized in collaboration with the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Indonesia to the UN in New York, aiming to increase the intensity of Indonesia candidacy campaign for UN Security Council non-permanent membership for the term 2019-2020. However, the ministry’s international marketing development undersecretary, Nia Niscaya, said in a press release that the concert also aimed to introduce and promote Indonesian tourism to the 193 UN member countries, aiming to increase their awareness about Indonesia. Read also: 6,000 angklung players celebrate World Angklung Day in Bandung For the concert, the ministry took along angklung instructors from Saung Udjo in Bandung, West Java. The performers are set to showcase the … [Read more...] about Angklung to take center stage at UN headquarters
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caption President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in shake hands during a meeting at South Korea’s presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, November 7, 2017. source REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst Following North Korea’s overtures of reconciliation beginning in January, the regime has made several diplomatic moves to indicate it is willing to resume talks between the US and neighboring South Korea. After sending a delegation of athletes and members of the ruling family to the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, North Korea has made significant strides in thawing relations – though some political observers remain skeptical of the regime’s motives. Here are the latest developments between the US, South Korea, and North Korea: During her trip to South Korea, Kim Yo Jong — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s sister — delivered a letter to South Korean President Moon Jae-in. The letter indicated a willingness to foster … [Read more...] about A new era of diplomatic relations with North Korea could be on the horizon — here’s what’s happened so far
SEOUL - The stunning announcement that US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will hold an unprecedented meeting is the latest and most astonishing step forward in a flurry of diplomacy. The leaders of the US and North Korea are due to meet by the end of May The two and their respective allies fought each other to a ceasefire in the 1950-53 Korean War and Pyongyang has for decades defied heavy sanctions to pursue its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programmes, developing rockets that can reach the US mainland.But it has offered to put them on the negotiating table if what it calls threats against it are eliminated. Here are some questions and answers on the dramatic developments.- Where will the summit be?All that has been confirmed so far is that the meeting will take place by the end of May.If it happens in Pyongyang, Kim is sure to put on a spectacular show for his visitor, but for America it would run the risk of appearing that Trump is coming to pay … [Read more...] about Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un to meet: what happens next?
GENEVA - Angered by "unfair" pay cuts, UN staff in Geneva are planning a half-day strike next week, as dozens of ministers and other dignitaries attend high-level events at the organisation's European headquarters. It remained unclear how many of some 9,500 UN staff members in Geneva would participate in Tuesday's work stoppage. "We have tried other forms of protest before, to no avail... They have left us no choice," Ian Richards, who heads the UN staff unions association in Geneva, told AFP Sunday.He said it remained unclear how many of some 9,500 UN staff members in Geneva would participate in Tuesday's work stoppage, or what impact it would have, pointing out that "this is not like a bus company where the buses just stop.""But we certainly expect this to have an impact," Richards said.The half-day work stoppage will come during what is arguably one of the busiest weeks of the year at the UN in Geneva, with around 100 heads of state, government ministers and country representatives … [Read more...] about UN Geneva staff plan work stoppage over pay cuts
caption Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, during a moderated discussion at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics. source University of Chicago/YouTube US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley recounted when President Donald Trump bestowed the infamous “Little Rocket Man” nickname on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Haley, who appeared to find the incident amusing, said Trump called to ask for her opinion about using the nickname during a speech at the UN General Assembly. Haley said after Trump mentioned the nickname on Twitter and during his UN speech, other heads of state began referring to Kim as Little Rocket Man, also. During a moderated discussion at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics on Thursday, the US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, recounted when President Donald Trump pitched a cheeky … [Read more...] about ‘Just think of it as church’: Nikki Haley describes how the discussion over Trump’s ‘Little Rocket Man’ nickname for Kim Jong-un played out