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UN Assembly debate covers a range of pressing concerns: from development to Ebola to Ukraine

30 September 2014 – The theme of this year’s annual high-level meeting of the United Nations General Assembly was the post-2015 agenda of global sustainable development but it was by no means the only subject of the speeches as kings, presidents and prime ministers mounted the podium to speak on behalf of 193 Member States and two Observer delegations.


On final day of UN Assembly, small island nations discuss climate change, economics

30 September 2014 – Noting that small island developing nations must speak with one voice at the global level, representatives of those countries today pressed for international economic partnerships and efforts to combat climate change, on the final day of the annual General Assembly debate in New York.


Latin American, Caribbean nations at UN highlight unique challenges, climate change woes

30 September 2014 – Addressing the General Assembly this morning, Suriname’s Foreign Minister Winston Guno Lackin called on the United Nations to “develop the muscles” needed to democratize itself and move away from the “restrictive” veto power.


As global crises multiply, UN official urges rethink for overstretched humanitarian system

30 September 2014 – The global humanitarian system has become dangerously overburdened as it faces a widening front of crises and conflicts, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees warned today, as he urged a rethink of how the international community will confront the growing challenges of the 21st century.


New development agenda must be people-centred, reality-based, Bhutan tells UN

30 September 2014 – With the international community heading into a “momentous” year, in which a sustainable development framework will be crafted, the Minister of Human and Cultural Affairs of Bhutan told the United Nations today that the new agenda will be truly transformative only if it is grounded in the real needs of countries and promotes meaningful change.


Increased pension coverage key to future global development agenda, says UN agency

30 September 2014 – In order to promote economic recovery and prevent pensionable citizens from relapsing into poverty, social protections must be placed at the forefront of the future development agenda currently being elaborated by Member States, says the United Nations labour agency.


South Sudan: UN agencies reach more than half a million people with life-saving aid

30 September 2014 – Two United Nations agencies have reached more than half a million people, including 100,000 children under the age of five, in the most remote and conflict-hit areas of South Sudan with life-saving supplies and services.


Equality must be driving force of new development agenda, Belarussian minister tells UN

30 September 2014 – As the international community lays the foundation for a sustainable development agenda that will follow the Millennium Development Goals in 2016, the Foreign Minister of Belarus today urged the United Nations General Assembly to make globalization more even and equitable than it has been up to now.


At General Assembly, Eritrea criticizes ‘dominant powers’ for impeding vital overhaul of UN

30 September 2014 – From the General Assembly podium today, Eritrea called for a fundamental overhaul of the United Nation, charging that it has failed in its prime goals of securing world peace and ending poverty due to cynical determination of the dominant Powers to maintain control.


UN official urges sustained pressure on parties to Syria conflict to ensure aid access

30 September 2014 – With winter fast approaching and the conflict in Syria showing no signs of abating, the United Nations humanitarian chief today called for sustained pressure on the parties to ensure access to those in need of assistance as well as financial support to maintain vital aid operations.