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As Gabon high court upholds results in presidential poll, Ban says UN will support democratic process

25 September 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has taken note of the ruling of the Constitutional Court of Gabon on the appeals lodged against the preliminary results of the 27 August 2016 presidential poll, as well as its confirmation of Ali Bongo Ondimba as President-elect, according to a statement issued by a UN spokesperson today, which adds that the Organization will continue to support the democratic process in the West African country.


UN chief commends Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders on 'remarkable progress'

25 September 2016 – Following a “productive” meeting today with Mustafa Akýncý, Turkish Cypriot leader, and Nicos Anastasiades, Greek Cypriot leader, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed their joint their joint commitment to intensify efforts even further, in line with their stated desire to achieve a comprehensive settlement in 2016.


At Security Council, UN envoy appeals for Russia and US cooperation to 'pull Syria back from the brink'

25 September 2016 – Amid the unprecedented military assault on eastern Aleppo, where fireballs from incendiary bombs “light up the pitch darkness,” the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria today strongly appealed to the Security Council – particularly permanent members Russia and the United States – to rescue a recently collapsed cessation of hostilities, end the bloodshed and speed aid into the iconic city where, overall, some two million people remain under a de facto siege.


Sudan is committed to dialogue and will ‘knock on every door in pursuit of peace,’ Minister tells UN

24 September 2016 – In his address to the General Assembly today, Ibrahim Ahmed Abd al-Aziz Ghandour, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sudan, said the 2030 Agenda and other frameworks before the United Nations are vital for all countries and he hopes that calls for reform will be heeded so the Organization becomes a true platform for implementing principles of international legality and “a bulwark for justice.”


Burundi rejects UN report on country’s human rights situation as ‘purposefully and politically exaggerated’

24 September 2016 – Burundi has rejected deliberately politicized or falsified reports on the human rights situation in the country and will produce a comprehensive survey on the issue in response to a recently-released United Nations-backed inquiry, its Minister for External Affairs told the General Assembly today.


At UN, Kyrgyz Minster cites ‘tangible blows’ to country’s economy due to climate change

24 September 2016 – Addressing the United Nations General Assembly today, Erlan Abdyldavev, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Kyrgyzstan, expressed support for the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which contain a number of targets that are priorities for his country, including poverty reduction, high-quality education, health care, economic growth and environmental protection.


Achieving Global Goals ‘not about ticking boxes,’ Dominica tells UN, urging action on climate, environment

24 September 2016 – As the world sharpened its focus on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it must recognize the stakes for small island developing States, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Dominica told the United Nations today, noting that the 2030 Agenda must drive action on climate change, environmental protection and access to clean energy, all critical concerns for Caribbean countries.


Philippines’ anti-drug fight ‘grabs headlines for wrong reasons,’ Foreign Secretary tells UN

24 September 2016 – Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, the Philippines’ Foreign Minister today said that the country’s fight against corruption, illegal drugs and crimes under the new President has been widely misunderstood.


At UN leader’s debate, Somalia calls for unity to address global challenges

24 September 2016 – Speaking at the general debate of the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Somalia underscored that no one nation, no matter how big or powerful, can address global climate change, terrorism, poverty or mass population displacement on its own.


Addressing UN, Republic of Congo says newly-adopted Constitution will improve governance

24 September 2016 – The Foreign Minister of the Republic of Congo, Jean-Claude Gakosso, today welcomed the new Constitution adopted by his country which he told the United Nations General Assembly will improve political, economic and social governance in the country.