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16 stories found over the past 45 days
Bahrain minister focuses UN Assembly address on terrorism, illegal occupation

29 September 2014 – The accelerated emergence of terrorism groups, political expansionism and the illegal occupation of other States’ territories are hindering sustainable development and require the international community to work together, the Foreign Minister of Bahrain today told the United Nations General Assembly.

UN chief urges countries to “create a better future,” ratify nuclear-test-ban treaty

26 September 2014 – While the damage caused by past nuclear testing cannot be reversed, the international community can work toward a better future where nuclear testing and proliferation are banned outright, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.

Egypt’s President urges world leaders at UN to confront extremism, end support for terrorism ‘plague’

24 September 2014 – World leaders must intensity efforts to stop support for the terrorist organizations committing crimes in the Middle East and North Africa under the guise of religion, urged Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi as he addressed the General Assembly today.

Absence of ‘credible political solution’ causing severe consequences in Middle East: UN chief

22 September 2014 – The absence of a credible political solution is having “severe consequences” on the Middle East, said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today as he urged all parties to reverse the negative trend toward hostilities and return to peace talks that tackle the root causes of the crisis.

FEATURE: Juggling a cacophony of tongues, UN interpreters avert linguistic disaster

22 September 2014 – Out of potential linguistic chaos, a corps of over 100 United Nations interpreters brings order and comprehension as speaker after speaker from around the world takes the podium of the General Assembly to give their annual speeches at the General Debate, discusses war and peace in the Security Council, or delves into arcane details of administrative and budgetary affairs in one of the Assemblys six specialized committees.

Sinking of Mediterranean migrant boat amounts to ‘mass murder’ – UN rights chief

19 September 2014 – The UN’s top human rights official today urged Egypt and other North African and European States to help bring to justice the people smugglers who allegedly deliberately sank a boat causing the deaths of hundreds of refugees and migrants in last week’s “truly horrendous incident” in the Mediterranean.

Middle East: UN envoy announces deal on reconstruction in Gaza

16 September 2014 – With the Egyptian-brokered ceasefire holding in the Gaza Strip, the United Nations has reached agreement with Israel and Palestinian Authority on a new reconstruction mechanism for the enclave as “an important step” in the right direction to kick start recovery and rehabilitation and give hope to the people there, a senior UN envoy announced today.

UN refugee chief, special envoy Angelina Jolie, warn of mounting crisis in Mediterranean

15 September 2014 – Urging European countries to take action to alleviate the harsh and often deadly conditions migrants face on the high seas, the head of the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) and Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie today warned about the mounting crisis in the Mediterranean.

On International Day, UNESCO chief says literacy not only improves lives, it saves them

08 September 2014 – With one in four young people – 175 million adolescents – unable to read a single sentence, International Literacy Day is an opportunity to remember one simple truth: literacy not only changes lives, it saves them, said the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

On International Day, UN chief urges renewed commitment to world free of nuclear weapons

29 August 2014 – Marking the International Day against Nuclear Tests, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for a renewed global commitment to a world free of nuclear weapons and nuclear tests.