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At UN, Central American leaders urge 'rethink' of system used to classify development status

In his address to the United Nations General Assembly, Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis Rivera called for the UN to rethink the concept of per capita income as a reference for determining a country's development, stressing that only a multidimensional vision of development and poverty will ...

Transfer of power essential to strengthen democracy, Sri Lankan President tells UN Assembly

Noting that history is marked with leaders who have sought to consolidate power within themselves, the President of Sri Lanka today underscored that as leaders come into power, they must yield it to build democratic institutions and safeguard democracies.

No alternative to international cooperation, stresses Austrian minister at UN Assembly

Conflicts around the globe, as well as the pressing challenges of poverty, hunger and climate change continue to exact terrible human suffering, said Sebastian Kurz, the Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs of Austria, noting that the most concerning issue is the lack of ...

Bolivia's Morales, at UN, says natural resources, basic necessities must be viewed as human rights

While some pledges made in the United Nations Charter have been met, “others have come to noting,” the President of Bolivia told the General Assembly today, that the planet's precious resources and vulnerable people must be protected from greed and exploitation by political elites.

Transfer of power essential to strengthen democracy, Sri Lankan President says at UN Assembly

Noting that history is marked with leaders who have sought to consolidate power within themselves, the President of Sri Lanka today underscored that as leaders come into power, they must yield it to build democratic institutions and safeguard democracies.

Marking 25th anniversary of UN membership, Armenia pledges continued support

Taking the podium at the United Nations General Assembly today, the President of Armenia pledged support to the Secretary-General's priorities as the country marks the 25th anniversary of its succession to the UN.

During our difficult times, 'we knew we had friends,' says Gambian President Barrow

Noting that the recent political crisis in Gambia had been a lesson that his compatriots will not easily forget, the Adama Barrow, the country's President underscored that Gambians made an irreversible choice to close a “dark chapter” in their history and embarked on a national agenda of ...

At UN, Guatemalan President pledges government's full commitment to fight against corruption

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales, addressing the United Nations General Assembly today, pledged the firmest intention to strengthen and support the International Commission against Impunity of Guatemala , while stressing that no institution should interfere in the country's administration of ...

UN must bolster role in coordinating Member States' efforts to tackle challenges, Tajik leader says

Addressing the general debate of the United Nations General Assembly today, Emomali Rahmon, the President of Tajikistan, called on the Organization to carry out its mission, coordinating the efforts of Member States to build resilience to the many challenges and threats peoples and countries face.

UN stands ready to assist following deadly earthquake in Mexico

Secretary-General António Guterres voiced sadness at the loss of life and damage resulting from the earthquake that occurred in Mexico today, and expressed the readiness of the United Nations to assist.

UN must update itself to face 21st century challenges, Afghan leader tells General Assembly

The United Nations and its agencies must reinvent themselves to tackle the challenges of the 21st century, Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani told the UN General Assembly on the opening day of its annual general debate today.

Striving for peace, decent life for all, 'very pertinent' UN Assembly theme, says Ugandan President

Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda, took the podium expressing support for the theme of the United Nations 72nd General Assembly - 'Focusing on People: Striving for Peace and a Decent life for all on a Sustainable Planet' - questioning why the world's elites failed to see ...

Government bodies must serve people, Uzbek President stresses at UN assembly

Noting efforts to advance socio-economic development in Uzbekistan, the President of the country highlighted that the ultimate goal is to build a democratic State and a just society, where the priority is implementation of the principle that “human interests come first.”

At General Assembly, Baltic leaders spotlight human rights, UN reform among vital concerns

The international community must give the United Nations a voice to raise against human rights abuses and nationalistic rhetoric, or see it become irrelevant, the Lithuanian president said in her address to the United Nations General Assembly's high-level debate.

Leaders meeting at UN underscore need to fast-track climate action

Leaders from various levels of government, the private sector and civil society highlighted the need for climate action as they convened at United Nations Headquarters, where Secretary-General António Guterres warned that current pledges and plans are insufficient to keep global temperature rise to ...

'No room for double standards' in combatting terrorism, stresses Egyptian President at UN Assembly

Noting that comprehensively addressing terrorism is vital for the future of the regional and international order, the President of Egypt called today for an approach to do so that is based not only on eradication of terrorism but also of its root causes, as well as challenging its supporters and ...

At UN, Colombian President says country's successful peace process could serve as model for others

In his final address to the United Nations General Assembly as President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos delivered a message of peace and highlighted the results of the agreement reached between his Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia , which he described as a model for the ...

International solidarity key to address global challenges, urges President Buhari of Nigeria

Highlighting the importance of international cooperation to address many pressing challenges around the globe, Muhammadu Buhari, the President of Nigeria, urged world leaders to sustain such collaboration, particularly in instances where there resources are insufficient and capacity weak at the ...

'We need more diplomacy, more negotiating' Brazilian President tells UN Assembly

The President of Brazil, the first Head of State traditionally to address the annual United Nations General Assembly's general debate, pledged today that his country will sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons - reiterating that the nuclear powers undertake additional disarmament.

DR Congo: UN agency urges Government to protect refugees after tragic killings

The United Nations refugee agency is urging the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to ensure protection for refugees and asylum-seekers following last week's shooting incident in Kamanyola in which at least 39 people were killed and 94 injured.

UN scaling up assistance as number of Rohingya refugees grows to over 400,000

As the number of Rohingya who have fled to Bangladesh surpasses 400,000, United Nations agencies are scaling up their efforts to assist the displaced and Secretary-General António Guterres renewed his call on the authorities in Myanmar to take steps to address the crisis.

President of UN General Assembly urges world leaders to engage in working for the people

Opening the annual general debate, the President of the United Nations General Assembly today stressed the need for more work on prevention, a greater focus on people, and keeping promises made to advance prosperity and protect the planet.

Over 40 million people caught in modern slavery, 152 million in child labour - UN

More than 40 million people around the world were victims of modern slavery - forced labour and forced marriage - in 2016, a United Nations study has found, revealing the true scale of such practices that disproportionately affect women and girls.

Repair 'world in pieces' and create 'world at peace,' UN chief Guterres urges global leaders

Addressing the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations Headquarters, Secretary-General António Guterres today spotlighted several threats – including the nuclear peril, climate change, and ongoing conflicts – that must be overcome to create a better world for all.

UN and partners launch initiative to reach equal pay for women at work

Striving to raise up women's pay across the world to equal men's, a new global coalition - which includes the United Nations labour agency and Organization's entity promotion of women's rights - launched today on the eve of the General Assembly debate.

UN General Assembly's annual debate to 'focus on people,' ensuring decent life for all

Global leaders gathering at United Nations Headquarters in New York this week for the annual round of top-level diplomatic talks known as the general debate will shine a spotlight on the needs of the world's people, with discussions on vital issues such as sustainable development and climate change, ...

Conflict keeps 27 million children out of school, with girls at high risk of abuse - UN report

Some 27 million children are out of school due to conflict, with girls facing a heightened risk of sexual and gender-based violence, the United Nations said in a report released today, calling on States and international organizations to integrate all uprooted children into the education system ...

As climate change makes bad weather worse, countries must strengthen resilience, UN officials urge

Noting the ever-increasing impact of extreme weather events, top United Nations officials, including Secretary-General António Guterres and Miroslav Lajcak, the President of the General Assembly today urged efforts to boost resilience and strengthen damage mitigation measures.

'Window of opportunity' closing on non-communicable diseases, warns UN health agency

Millions around the globe are dying prematurely from diseases such as cancer or heart disease, the United Nations health agency warned, urging governments to step up efforts to control non-communicable diseases .

Iran implementing its nuclear commitments, UN atomic agency chief stresses

Iran is implementing its commitments under “the world's most robust nuclear verification regime,” the United Nations atomic agency head said today, while at the same time voicing “grave concern” at the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's nuclear programme.

UN chief outlines strategy to reshape global finance for sustainable development

As the high-level week of the United Nations General Assembly gets underway, Secretary-General António Guterres today stressed the role of the UN to help reshape “unproductive and unrewarding” finance and redirect investment to creating a better world for all.

World leaders pledge to eliminate sexual exploitation and abuse; UN chief outlines course of action

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today called on the world to stand in solidarity to condemn sexual exploitation and abuse as he detailed the key initiatives at the heart of his victim-centred approach to address the scourge across the UN system.

Inclusive and sustainable development key to prevent violent extremism - deputy UN chief

Noting that sustainable development and sustainable peace mutually reinforce one another, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed called for greater investments in basic services and in building equitable societies.

UN chief outlines three-part strategy to reshape global finance for sustainable development

As the high-level week of the United Nations General Assembly gets underway, Secretary-General António Guterres today stressed the role of the UN to help reshape “unproductive and unrewarding” finance and redirect investment to creating a better world for all.

More than 128 countries back pledged reforms to shape '21st century UN'

Pledging to overhaul the United Nations bureaucracy to make the world body stronger and more responsive to the people it serves, Secretary-General António Guterres today launched a pledge of support for reforms that has the backing of 128 countries.

School meal funding crisis puts 1.5 million West, Central African children at risk, UN agency warns

As the 2017-2018 school year starts, more than 1.5 million children across West and Central Africa risk going to school hungry or dropping out altogether, due to lack of financing for nourishing school meals, the United Nations food relief agency said today.

Use political weight to eliminate sexual exploitation and abuse, UN official urges global leaders

Ahead of a high-level United Nations meeting on preventing sexual exploitation and abuse, the Organization's Special Coordinator on the issue is urging global leaders to join the “Circle of Leadership,” lend the political weight of their offices, and act – both at the national and ...

UN-supported campaign to immunize 150,000 Rohingya children against deadly diseases

As thousands of Rohingya refugees – including many children – having fled violence in Myanmar continue to arrive in Bangladesh, a United Nations-supported vaccination campaign has been initiated to prevent the spread of potentially deadly diseases.

UN refugee agency 'shocked' by killings in eastern DR Congo

Expressing shock and sadness over the violent death of numerous Burundian nationals – among them likely refugees and asylum seekers – in Kamanyola town, eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo , the United Nations refugee agency called for an investigation into the incident.

On International Day, UN highlights importance of collective action to protect ozone layer

Commemorating the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, senior United Nations officials, including Secretary-General António Guterres highlighted the contributions of the Montreal Protocol – an international environment agreement on the elimination of ozone depleting ...

Fresh violence in Central African Republic leads to more displaced - UN agency

Expressing concern over continued violence in the Central African Republic and the resulting “massive new levels” of displacement, the United Nations refugee agency has underscored the need to ensure that relief workers are not made targets of hostilities and are given the humanitarian ...

Rohingya crisis one of the fastest growing in recent years, warns UN refugee agency

The humanitarian situation in parts of Bangladesh sheltering hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees continues to deteriorate, making the crisis one of the fastest growing refugee crises of recent years, according to the United Nations.

UN chief condemns deadly terrorist attack in southern Iraq

Secretary-General António Guterres today condemned the terrorist attacks in southern Iraq and called for the perpetrators to be quickly brought to justice.

UN dedicates annual Peace Day to safety, respect for refugees and migrants

The United Nations in New York today marked the International Day of Peace with the annual ringing of the peace bell and calls for combatants worldwide to lay down their arms and observe a day of ceasefire and non-violence.

INTERVIEW: UN should be flagbearer when it comes to gender parity, stresses top official

This week Secretary-General António Guterres launched a new strategy to achieve gender parity across the United Nations - something he described as “an urgent need, a moral duty, an operational necessity - and a personal priority.”

UN condemns DPRK ballistic missile launch; stresses country cease such activities

Condemning the launch of yet another ballistic missile by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea , United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and the Security Council called on the country's leadership to halt such activities and explore resumption of sincere dialogue on denuclearisation.

At annual event, UN invites Member States to join multilateral treaty framework

The United Nations will be hosting the annual Treaty Event next week at its Headquarters in New York, inviting Member States to sign multilateral treaties deposited with the Secretary-General or to become parties to them by depositing instruments of ratification or accession.

Global hunger rising again, driven by conflict and climate change - UN report

The number of people hungry around the world is up for the first time in more than a decade, says a new United Nations report issued today, pointing to violent conflicts and climate change as the major drivers.

New UN global innovation forum to 'creatively disrupt' status quo for women and girls in tech

The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women today launched the Global Innovation Coalition for Change with partners from the private sector, the academia and non-governmental organizations to encourage innovation and technology work better for young women and girls ...

Put people before profits, UN urges in annual trade report

Noting that the world economy in 2017 “is picking up but not taking off,” a new United Nations trade and development report has cautioned against fiscal austerity and harnessing finance to support job creation and infrastructure investment.