UN must bolster role in coordinating Member States’ efforts to tackle challenges, Tajik leader says
Tue, 19 Sep 2017 21:29:50 EST
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
Tue, 19 Sep 2017 21:12:57 EST
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
Tue, 19 Sep 2017 21:07:19 EST
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
Tue, 19 Sep 2017 21:03:33 EST
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 its pertinence.

Government bodies must serve people, Uzbek President stresses at UN assembly
Tue, 19 Sep 2017 20:47:40 EST
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
Tue, 19 Sep 2017 20:30:18 EST
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
Tue, 19 Sep 2017 20:18:38 EST
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 well below 2 degrees.

‘No room for double standards’ in combatting terrorism, stresses Egyptian President at UN Assembly
Tue, 19 Sep 2017 20:09:02 EST
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 those that grant it safe havens.

At UN, Colombian President says country’s successful peace process could serve as model for others
Tue, 19 Sep 2017 20:01:58 EST
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 (FARC-EP), which he described as a model for the rest of the world.

Mali’s President, at General Assembly, calls on world to help equip regional anti-terror force
Tue, 19 Sep 2017 19:17:53 EST
Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita took the podium of the General Assembly today to praise United Nations efforts in aiding his West African country recover from rebel attacks, and called on the international community to help fund a new five-nation force to combat terrorism in the region.

In wake of Hurricane Irma, UN launches $55 million plan to assist Cubans in need
Tue, 19 Sep 2017 18:47:27 EST
The United Nations system in Cuba today launched an action plan requiring $55.8 million to address the urgent needs of over 2 million people severely affected by Irma, the strongest hurricane ever reported in the Atlantic.

At UN, Central European leaders spotlight development, countering terrorism and securing peace
Tue, 19 Sep 2017 18:30:54 EST
Sustainable development, ensuring peace and security and protecting human rights are the basic goals of the international community and the foundations of the United Nations system, Andrzej Duda, the President of Poland, told the General Assembly today.

Netanyahu, at General Assembly, denounces ‘absurdities,’ anti-Semitism in UN decisions
Tue, 19 Sep 2017 18:07:09 EST
Citing “a great revolution in Israel’s standing” in the world, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today denounced the “absurdities” and “global ant-Semitism” in United Nations decisions on Israel and warned Iran of the “mortal peril” it faced in threatening to annihilate his country.

French initiative to create global environment pact deserves support, says Secretary-General
Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:50:12 EST
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today urged global support for France’s initiative to create the first international legally binding document on the environment, at an event held on the margins of the annual leaders’ summit of the General Assembly.

World must unite in fight against terrorism, Qatar urges leaders at UN Assembly
Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:25:40 EST
Underscoring that extremism and terrorism remain the most serious challenges confronting the world, the Amir of Qatar called on leaders to take concerted action against terrorist organizations and their extremist ideologies to maintain global security and stability.