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On International Day, UN renews call for global elimination of nuclear weapons

26 September 2016 – The world faces growing nuclear dangers and tensions, yet progress in multilateral nuclear disarmament has come to a “standstill,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today, reiterating a call for complete global nuclear disarmament as the international community marks the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.

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.

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.

At UN, southern African leaders urge climate action, Security Council reform

23 September 2016 – As Botswana prepares for its 50th Anniversary, on 30 September, Vice-President Mokgweetsi E.K. Masisi, described to the United Nations General Assembly the journey of how the country went from one of the world’s poorest nations to a middle income country.

Citing vulnerability of small islands, Pacific leaders urge early entry into force of Paris climate accord

23 September 2016 – Addressing the annual debate of world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly, leaders from Pacific Small Island Developing States underlined today the urgency of strong and committed action on the global pledges made for the planet and its people.

Southeast Asian leaders at General Assembly call for a strengthened more democratic UN

23 September 2016 – Leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) mounted the podium of the General Assembly today to call for global cooperation in attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and United Nations reform in tackling the multiple crises facing the world.

Leaders must decide whether to ‘go it alone,’ or work together for better world, Germany tells UN

23 September 2016 – The world has become an unsafe place for far too many people, and with so many challenges to address, at times, it seems all but hopeless, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany, told the United Nations today, “but all of us politicians here have a choice – between resignation or engagement in the face of these crises” and working towards a better future for all.

Hostile US polices have made Korean Peninsula 'world's most dangerous hotspot,' DPRK tells UN

23 September 2016 – The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) told the United Nations General Assembly today that while the Organization aspires towards sustainable development, the world is besieged by terrorism and a refugee crisis due to war and increasing global hotspots.

Armenian Minister, at UN, highlights national efforts for social and economic development

23 September 2016 – Noting the progress made by Armenia in the past 25 years, including strengthening its democratic institutions, good governance, protection of human rights and advancing economic reforms, the country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs highlighted that the needs of the country’s most vulnerable groups form the core of its development strategy 2014-2025.

At UN, Russia blames Western ‘arrogance’ for bloodshed in Middle East and North Africa

23 September 2016 – Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov today warned that some Western countries’ supremacy and exclusiveness undermined equitable international cooperation, calling on world leaders gathered at the United Nations General Assembly to support Russian initiatives in counter-terrorism and disarmament.