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27 stories found over the past 45 days
On World Day, UN urges international community to invest in recruiting, empowering teachers

05 October 2015 – Marking the first World Teacher’s Day after the adoption of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, senior United Nations officials appealed to the international community to value, support, and empower teachers, “for it is they who will educate a new generation of children who, in turn, will carry forward all our goals to build a better world for all.”

Following latest deadly attack in Jerusalem, UN chief warns of 'dangerous slide towards escalation'

04 October 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the attacks on Saturday in the Old City of Jerusalem, including the killing of two members of an Israeli family and injuries to Israelis and Palestinians in subsequent incidents in various Jerusalem neighborhoods.

Without system-wide reform, UN may fall short of primary objectives, says Indonesian Minister

02 October 2015 – Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly, Muhammad Jusuf Kalla, the Vice-President of Indonesia, remarked that despite the achievements UN has made over the past 70 years, the Organization may fall short of meeting its primary objectives, such as peace and security for all, unless system-wide reform is immediately undertaken.

United Arab Emirates, at UN, calls for international partnerships to achieve Middle East peace

02 October 2015 – Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Minister of Foreign Affairs for the United Arab Emirates (UAE), addressed the United Nations General Assembly today and urged the international community to coordinate and build partnerships to achieve peace and security in the highly volatile Middle East region.

Saudi Arabia, in UN speech, deplores world’s inability to end bloodshed in Syria

01 October 2015 – Addressing the United Nations General Assembly this evening, Abdel Ahmed Al-Jubeir, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia expressed deep concern that the international community has been unable to save innocent Syrians from the “killing machine” that has devastated their country and led to the world’s most tragic humanitarian crisis.

At UN, Israeli leader calls on Palestinians to resume peace talks, deplores Iran for annihilation threats

01 October 2015 – At the same United Nations podium from which Mahmoud Abbas announced yesterday that he would no longer be bound by accords with Israel, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today called on the Palestinian leader to begin immediate unconditional peace talks in a speech largely devoted to denouncing Iran for its threats to annihilate the Jewish State.

Future of Europe cannot be built on ‘ever-higher walls,’ Greek Prime Minister tells UN

01 October 2015 – Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, Alexis Tsipras, the Prime Minister of Greece, said his country is striving to bolster regional security and supporting all efforts promoting peace and stability, even as it copes with three complex challenges – an economic crisis, unprecedented migration flows, and huge numbers of refugees from outside the region.

Meeting at UN, Middle East Quartet strongly condemns Israeli-Palestinian violence

30 September 2015 – The United Nations and its diplomatic partners in the Middle East Quartet today condemned “in the strongest possible terms” violence against Israeli and Palestinian civilians, and reiterated that unilateral actions by either party cannot prejudge the outcome of a negotiated solution.

At UN, Turkish Prime Minister urges action to end Syrian crisis

30 September 2015 – Recalling the heart-rending story of the little boy whose lifeless body washed up on a beach in Turkey last month, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu today urged the United Nations to take swift action to address the deepening crisis in Syria and to protect the millions of people “fleeing war and tyranny.”

Citing Israeli violations, Palestinian leader renounces security, political accords at UN Assembly

30 September 2015 – On the day that the Palestinian flag was raised at United Nations Headquarters for the first time, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas today renounced political and security accords with Israel, saying it must now resume its responsibilities as occupying Power, due to its continual violations of the 20-year-old agreements.