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Israeli envoy's video leak of UN decision "shocking and unacceptable": spokesman for UN chief

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Israeli envoy's video leak of UN decision "shocking and unacceptable": spokesman for UN chief
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Israeli envoy's video leak of UN decision "shocking and unacceptable": spokesman for UN chief

2024-06-08 17:41 Last Updated At:23:37

Stephane Dujarric, chief spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, on Friday described the leak of a UN report by Gilad Erdan, Israel's permanent representative to the United Nations, as "shocking and unacceptable."

Dujarric made the comments after Erdan announced on his X account, formerly Twitter, that he was officially informed that the United Nations had decided to add Israel's military to a list of offenders committing violations against children.

The spokesman said the annual report of the UN secretary-general on children and armed conflict is due to go to the UN Security Council on June 14, officially published on 18 June, and discussed in an open debate on June 26.

He noted that it was a courtesy afforded to countries that are newly listed, aimed to "give those countries a heads-up and avoid leaks."

Yet, the partial release of the video recording of the phone call informing Erdan of the UN decision is "shocking and unacceptable", said the spokesman, adding that it was something that he had never seen in his 24 years serving at the United Nations.

Regarding the video released on X, the Israeli representative said he was "disgusted by the shameful decision of the secretary-general," calling Israel's army "the most moral army in the world."

"This immoral decision will only aid terrorism and rewards Hamas. The only one who is blacklisted today is the secretary-general. Shame on him," said Erdan in the footages he released while answering the call from the United Nations.

Israeli envoy's video leak of UN decision "shocking and unacceptable": spokesman for UN chief

Israeli envoy's video leak of UN decision "shocking and unacceptable": spokesman for UN chief

Israeli envoy's video leak of UN decision "shocking and unacceptable": spokesman for UN chief

Israeli envoy's video leak of UN decision "shocking and unacceptable": spokesman for UN chief

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Satellite communication services become more intimate with people's daily life

2024-07-14 01:42 Last Updated At:02:27

The satellite calling feature on cellphones, representing a new type of satellite application alongside remote sensing, meteorological and navigation satellites, enables users in remote areas without any mobile signal to stay connected.

Data shows that while over 70 percent of the global population now have access to services offered by ground mobile communication systems, these systems only cover 20 percent of land area due to technical and cost limitations.

Next-generation mobile communication technology is expected to achieve a wider coverage, allowing users to make phone calls even in mountainous areas with harsh weather conditions.

Following Chinese tech giant Huawei's launch of satellite calling features in August last year, many domestic smart phone manufacturers have introduced models supporting satellite calls this year, which has quickly found favor with outdoor enthusiasts.

"The introduction of satellite calling feature on cellphones provides extra security for people like me who frequently go outdoors. In case of emergencies like unexpected severe weather or accidental injuries, such a feature can be a lifesaver. Rescue teams can quickly and accurately assess the situation, locate the victim and provide timely assistance," said Xiang Dongbo, an outdoor enthusiast.

The Tiantong-1 satellite system, used by Huawei to power its satellite calling features, was developed by the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST), affiliated with the state-owned China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), which is dedicated to the research, design, manufacture, test and launch of space products.

The system covers China and its nearby regions, including parts of the Middle East, Africa, and parts of the Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean.

The BeiDou navigation satellites system, another independently-developed satellite system in China, also supports message communication, enabling users to send texts and report their location even without cell service.

"With the development of large-scale satellite constellations and the decreasing costs in satellite manufacturing, satellite communication services will become more affordable for consumers. We believe that in the near future, costs will drop to a level that enables more users to have access to such services," said Li Yinqiao, a staff member with the CASC.

Satellite communication services become more intimate with people's daily life

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