Antigua and Barbuda UN representative elected as next UNGA president; India to support investigation into use of chemical weapons by Syrian government; UN report: India to become most populous nation by 2028; UN peacekeeper killed in Abyei;
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  • The UN General Assembly elected John W. Ashe of Antigua and Barbuda as the President of its upcoming 68th session. Mr. Ashe said that the theme he has chosen for the 68th session will be “Post-2015 Development Agenda: Setting the Stage”. 1

    Reports noted that with the worsening of the Syrian crisis, India will support a UN investigation into the use of chemical weapons by the regime in the country. New Delhi has opined that the situation is getting “increasingly complicated” in Syria and that it will support the next conference called “Geneva-2”. Meanwhile, it also plans to extend humanitarian assistance to Syrian people. 2

    According to UN reports, India will surpass China to become world’s most populous nation around 2028, with its population crossing 1.45 billion mark. It is predicted that India’s population will continue to grow while that of China’s is expected to start decreasing. 3

    In other developments, according to reports, during the shelling of the logistics headquarters of the UN mission in Abyei, one UN peacekeeper was killed and two others were injured. The UN Secretary-General and the UNSC condemned the attack on the headquarters. The Council called on the Sudanese government to immediately investigate the incident and bring the perpetrators to justice. 4

    Reports noted that following the tough stance against the European Union’s emission norms for airlines, the Indian Environment Ministry will approach the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the International Civil Aviation Organisation to resolve the issue. The Environment minister has already written to the EU Commissioner for Climate Change demanding a reversal of carbon tax. 5