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Small island States threatened by rising seas call at UN General Assembly for urgent mitigation

21 September 2016 – Small island Pacific States threatened with disappearing under the flood of rising oceans took the podium at the General Assembly today to warn that the United Nations remains their last best hope as climate change outpaces efforts to counter it.


Japanese Prime Minister Abe calls for resolute UN action against DPR Korea’s nuclear threat

21 September 2016 – Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, today urged the UN Security Council to show an “unmistakable attitude” towards the threat to international peace and security posed by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), which he said has launched 21 ballistic missiles and conducted two nuclear tests this year alone.


Dialogue and cooperation most viable path to peace, Afghan Vice-President tells UN Assembly

21 September 2016 – Drawing the attention of world leaders gathered at the United Nations General Assembly to complex global challenges, the Vice-President of Afghanistan today stressed that dialogue and cooperation are the most viable avenue to promote peace and security, as well as to ensure a world without hatred and conflict.


Opening Assembly debate, Ban calls on world leaders ‘act now,’ work together for a better future

20 September 2016 – Highlighting the challenges confronting the global community, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today opened the 71st annual debate of the UN General Assembly with a call on world leaders to recognize that the important positions they hold are a reflection of the trust the people have in them and “not personal property.”


UN atomic chief reports on agency’s role in nuclear safety, sustainable development, combating illness

19 September 2016 – In his address to the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Yukiya Amano, the agency’s Director-General, highlighted work in various areas, including nuclear applications, nuclear safety and security, safeguards and technical cooperation, and modernizing a new pest control facility to tackle vector-brome diseases such as Zika.


Nearly 47 per cent of global population now online – UN report

15 September 2016 – Even though China and India are now the largest Internet markets on the planet, they are also among the six countries that together account for 55 per cent of the global ‘offline’ population, according to a new report of a United Nations commission.


UN health agency provides emergency support as floods and landslides cause havoc in DPRK

15 September 2016 – Responding to urgent humanitarian needs triggered by flash floods and landslides in the northern provinces of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), the United Nations health agency is providing emergency health kits and supplies that will benefit some 260,000 persons for about three months.


UN food relief agency provides assistance to 140,000 people affected by flooding in northern DPRK

13 September 2016 – The United Nations food relief agency has delivered food assistance to more than 140,000 people in the north of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), where they have been affected by some of the worst floods in recent history – and expressed concern about their continued vulnerability as an extremely cold winter is approaching and major food losses are expected.


Security Council strongly condemns DPRK nuclear test

10 September 2016 – The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's (DPRK) nuclear test on 9 September and said it is a clear violation of repeated calls on the country to halt such activity.


Latest DPRK nuclear test ‘yet another brazen breach’ of Security Council resolutions – UN chief

09 September 2016 – Strongly condemning another underground nuclear test by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon reiterated his call on the leadership of the country to reverse its course and commit to a path of denuclearization.