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35 stories found over the past 45 days
Leaders from Latin America, Caribbean region urge action to erase inequality, spur development

24 September 2014 – Inequality is one of the greatest threats to development and international security because it fosters poverty, exclusion and breeds social unrest, resentment and violence, said Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, the first among several leaders from the Latin America and the Caribbean region to address the General Assembly today.

At UN Assembly, Brazilian President calls for global economic rebound

24 September 2014 – Highlighting her own country’s success in slashing extreme poverty, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff today used her role as first national leader to address the annual General Debate of the United Nations General Assembly to stress the urgent need to revive the global economy.

Opening General Assembly debate, Ban urges leadership to move from ‘turbulence’ to peace

24 September 2014 – Warning that the world’s “fasten seat belt” light is illuminated, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today opened the 69th annual debate of the United Nations General Assembly with a call for decisive leadership at a time when the ghosts of the Cold War have returned and much of the Arab Spring has gone violently wrong.

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.

Accountability for Israeli, Palestinian rights violations vital for peace – UN official

22 September 2014 – A senior United Nations official today urged both the Israeli and Palestinian sides to carry out their own investigations into the recent conflict and take steps to ensure accountability for violations of international human rights and humanitarian law that were committed.

In talks with arriving world leaders, UN chief spotlights climate change, Ebola, regional cooperation

21 September 2014 – Ahead of this week's opening of the United Nations General Assembly's annual high-level session Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed a host of top Government officials throughout the day, continuing the tradition of meeting arriving world leaders for one-on-one talks spotlighting key international issues.

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 report calls for fundamental change on Gaza, renewed urgency in West Bank

15 September 2014 – In the aftermath of the recent conflict in the Gaza Strip, a fundamental change is needed in the dynamics in the enclave, the United Nations today reported, calling also for renewed urgency in addressing the situation in the West Bank.

Nearly 300,000 children head back to school in conflict-torn Syria, Gaza – UN agency

15 September 2014 – As the school year kicks off around the world, nearly 300,000 children today returned back to United Nations-run classrooms in Gaza and Syria, where in both instances, the UN is supporting holistic and innovative solutions to ensure the emergency education needs of Palestine refugees are addressed, in war-ravaged areas where many of their schools damaged and destroyed.