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UN rights experts call for immediate halt to violent repression of electoral protests in DR Congo

23 September 2016 – In relation to proposed presidential elections, two United Nations human rights experts today urged the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to put an immediate end to its disproportionate use of force against peaceful assembly and expression.


African leaders at UN discuss efforts to ensure vibrant private sector, transparent elections

23 September 2016 – Among the African leaders taking the podium at the United Nations General Assembly today, Guinea’s President stressed that Africa needs deep structural transformations and a vibrant private sector to reduce vulnerability and build up the continent’s resilience.


Security Council adopts resolution on nuclear non-proliferation and nuclear disarmament

23 September 2016 – Reaffirming that proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and their means of delivery, threatens international peace and security, the United Nations Security Council today adopted a resolution urging all States who haven't done so to sign the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty.


At UN, Albania highlights efforts to join EU, support for international recognition of Kosovo

23 September 2016 – Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, Albanian President Bujar Nishani today highlighted his country's role as a candidate for European Union (EU) membership and voiced support for Kosovo’s participation in all multilateral regional and international activities.


UN’s development work must heed calls of the most vulnerable, says Republic of Korea’s Foreign Minister

22 September 2016 – Noting that the 2016 is the first year for the United Nations to implement the historic 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea underscored that the role of the global organization is more crucial than ever in an increasingly interconnected and complex world.


Papua New Guinea decries lack of democracy, female representation in UN bodies

22 September 2016 – Calling for reform of United Nations institutions, Papua New Guinea today deplored from the General Assembly podium the lack of democratic principles shown by the pre-eminence of the 15-member Security Council over the 193-member Assembly.


Paraguay’s Foreign Affairs Minister, at UN, urges ‘collective strategies’ to overcome global challenges

22 September 2016 – The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Paraguay, Eladio Ramón Loizaga Lezcano, told the United Nations General Assembly this afternoon that we live in a world that is increasingly more complex and interconnected, and in which the international context is continually evolving.


At UN, Cuba cites progress in US relations, but with embargo still in force, ‘there is a long way ahead’

22 September 2016 – Noting that a little more than a year has elapsed since the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States and while “some progress” has been achieved in bilateral relations, the decades-old economic blockade against Cube is still in force, and “there is still a long way ahead in order to move towards the normalization of relations,” Cuba’s Foreign Minister told the United Nations General Assembly today.


At Assembly debate, President of Sierra Leone cites urgent need for UN Security Council reform

22 September 2016 – Calling for urgent reform at the United Nations and in particular at the Security Council, the President of Sierra Leone today stressed that national and global efforts to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will not alone deliver the promise of an inclusive and fairer world.


Globalization is a ‘fact of life’ says Austrian Minister in UN General Assembly speech

21 September 2016 – Globalization has brought enormous benefits to humankind, such as reduced international poverty, new technologies and reduced distances between countries, the Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs of Austria told the United Nations this evenings, stressing that there needs to be a realization that the phenomenon also brings challenges.